Books for the beach

Our New York guest editor Zoe Warncke has loaded up her favorite books and is off to the Hamptons. Her reading list is easy going, funny and and leaves enough time to plunge into the sea.

image1The Vacationers
by Emma Straub
I have to admit, it’s not the most exciting story, but that was why I enjoyed it at the beach. It is beautifully written, which keeps me going and relaxing.





image2The One & Only
by Emily Giffin
You don’t have to be interested in sports to enjoy this book. It’s about family, friendship, love, loss, relationships, loyalty, life lessons. It’s not “about” football. The story is told within the context of a college football environment, it’s not a sports story.




image3One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
by B.J. Novak
Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, Novak’s assured prose and expansive imagination introduce readers to people, places, and premises that are hilarious, insightful, provocative and moving – often at the same time.




by Rainbow Rowell
People who are screwing up and people who fall in love — who doesn’t like that? Two women exchanging emails, although they know they are monitored but can’t help themselves to share every aspect of their lives via email and are unable to take this monitoring remotely serious.




image8The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty
Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s, ’30s, and beyond — from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women — Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle and others like them.


image7The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.




image6Valley of the Dolls
by Jacqueline Susann
I read it and started hating the women, and then loving and hating them, and felt for them when they fell from their high horses. And then in the end I just hated that the book ended. The all-time pop culture classic.