Monday, August 9, 2010

Fully Booked: Summer Edition

The seemingly endless workload has us dreaming of vacation - and the books we'd like to take along for the ride. Here, a reading list inspired by some of our favorite collections - because, let's face it, your choice of literature should ALWAYS match your caftan!

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Matthew Williamson
Snake-print silk-chiffon jumpsuit
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What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life
Ageless Secrets of Style
By Kim Johnson Gross
Springboard

Armed with this no-fail Style Strategy, fashionistas will not only discover a myriad of shopping alternatives sure to help them attain high-end looks at wallet friendly fixes but also learn how to maximize what they already have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Step by step, Johnson Gross helps readers honestly answer three key questions--What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?--, so they can effectively eliminate any unnecessary spending or dreadful looks. A purchase well spent!

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Zimmermann
Strapless Orchid Twist swimsuit
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Laura Rider's Masterpiece
by Jane Hamilton
Grand Central Publishing

Laura Rider and her husband, Charlie, live in Hartley, Wis., where they own and run Prairie Wind Farm. After 12 years of marriage, Laura decides to stop sleeping with Charlie, and although lovemaking is his one superb talent, she's convinced she's used up her quota. Also, Laura has a secret fantasy: to be an author. After she meets local public radio host Jenna Faroli, Laura decides to write a romance and encourages a flirtation between Charlie and Jenna, an experiment that she thinks will help her write her book - what happens next is a series of events that only Hamilton could produce! A major page turner...

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Calvin Klein
Burnout cotton-blend tunic
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This One Is Mine A Novel
By Maria Semple
Hachette Book Group

Just in time for summer, writer Semple (Arrested Development; Mad About You) tome bashes Hollywood celebrity, New Age nonsense and struggling relationships in this smart ,funny and downright decadent debut. Violet Parry, shelves a TV writing career to have a baby and take care of the sumptuous L.A. home of her legendary impresario hubby, David, scratches a seven-year itch with D-list rocker Teddy Reyes. From adultery to sobriety Semple leaves nothing untouched and you won't be able to put it down!

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La Perla
Manisha jersey tunic
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The Art of Choosing
by Sheena Iyengar
Grand Central Publishing

We live in a world with so much choices that at times it seems like making a concrete decision on a simple factor can be damn near life threatening. In this life changing book prominent social psychologist Iyengar begins her unique and invigorating study of choice by telling the story of a man who survived for 76 days stranded alone in the middle of the ocean. He chose to live, Iyengar tells us, just as she has chosen not to let her blindness keep her from conducting prodigious research and intrepid experiments. In this astounding tome Iyengar gives us the choice to choose and you know what? It's not so hard after all.


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Zimmermann
Laced strapless swimsuit
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Street Boners: 1,764 Hipster Fashion Jokes
by Gavin McInnes
Grand Central Publishing

Gavin McInnes: Vice Creator, punk band connoisseur and creator of StreetCarnage.com has blessed the masses with his soon to be iconic site's main feature a new and improved version of Gavin's "DOs and DON'Ts," now tantalizingly called Street Boners. These 'Street Boners' have been polished and compounded into a book that takes the best of the site and adds hundreds more gems! With 1,312 photos, insanely funny captions, and a harsh new rating system-from one to 10 kitten faces-STREET BONERS makes sure no glorious fashion statement goes unnoticed. Innocent citizens are either damned to perdition or relentlessly exalted into Elysium. Chloe Sevigny, Debbie Harry, Fred Armisen, and Tim & Eric also contribute their scathing wit to the book, and the end result is a New York fashion bible no one should be without.

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Align Center Missoni
Ecuador kimono mini dress
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Girl She Used to Be
by David Cristofano
Hachette Book Group

After 20 years in the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) and eight aliases, Melody Grace McCartney hardly knows who she is. On the run since she and her parents stumbled on a gruesome murder by mobster Tony Bovaro when she was six years old, Grace saw WITSEC’s promised protection fail her mother and father when they were killed 12 years later. Now she feigns personal danger to be relocated just because she’s bored and wants a change. But before her new case officer can move her from suburban Maryland to rural Wisconsin, Tony’s son, Jonathan, tracks her down to present an alternative: protection from his family and a life of more safety and freedom than she has ever known. While federal officials pressure her to stay in WITSEC and show her Jonathan’s violent side, her attraction to him grows, and she must decide a course for the rest of her life. Mon Petites, I could not put this intriguing book down. The twist and turns in this book will leave you breathless and wanting more!


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Etro
Paisley-print silk kaftan
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Some Girls (Penguin Group) tells the story of Jillian Lauren a beautiful 18 year old whose aspirations for stardom leads her to the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, for the next eighteen months she vies for his attention amongst other things. This intense memoir explores Lauren's journey through a life that some couldn't even begin to fathom. More than just a salacious page turner set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious young girl found herself-and came out better because of it.

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