Selene Milano, Senior Beauty Editor, InStyle.com
I mostly choose beach reading for escape—but Cutting Teetha(barnesandnoble.com) takes place in my own backyard. Literally! The debut novel follows a group of uber-stereotypical Brooklyn parents through a weekend retreat at a ramshackle beach house. Sexual tension, crisis and end-of-the-world anxiety ensues in this story of "urban family dysfunction." I can relate just enough to never want to put it down.
Sharon Clott, Senior Editor
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Nika Vagner, Senior Social Media Editor
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
I've long admired Arianna Huffington, she launched HuffPo. I first read a quote from her book ( barnesandnoble.com), how you should "sleep your way to the top"?meaning "get enough sleep and you will be more productive, more effective, and more likely to enjoy your life"?and I thought that's the book for me. It talks about how to strive at work, but shows how it's important to lead a full meaningful life?a balanced life. Call it a self-help book for the digital age.
Marianne Mychaskiw, Assistant Beauty Editor, InStyle.com
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I’m late to the game since it came out a few years ago, but I’m finally reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)(barnesandnoble.com). I’m such a fan of Mindy’s and the book has me laughing out loud almost as often as a viewing of her show. Her personal anecdotes are so relatable, and the tone is so on-point. I read it in her voice, and it’s almost as if she’s one of your girlfriends casually having a conversation with you over a glass of wine, which—throw in a few bottles of nail polish for a DIY mani—would be my absolute dream.
Kim Do, Senior Project Manager, InStyle.com
I was a little intimidated by the heft of this book ( barnesandnoble.com), but this unique story about love, loss, crime, and art history was worth the read!
Katie Donbavand, Associate Producer, InStyle.com
I just read Crazy Rich Asians (barnesandnoble.com) and it was really fabulous—Jane Austen meets The Real Housewives of Singapore. Two other books that I just got finished with are Ira Levin’s A Kiss Before Dyinga(barnesandnoble.com),aa classic page turner jam-packed with intrigue and romance, and Anthony Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour (barnesandnoble.com), in which he globe-trots (hitting Russia, Cambodia, Japan, and France) looking for the perfect meal. It’s part travel book, part food lit and it's guaranteed to make you want to travel and eat everything.
Jennifer Davis, Assistant Editor, InStyle.com
If you loved Rainbow Rowell’s YA bestseller Eleanor amp Park like I did, then you’ll become immediately absorbed in her most recent adult fiction novel, Landline (barnesandnoble.com). In true Rowell style, she delivers a heart-wrenching love story about a busy working mom and wife who attempts to save her disintegrating marriage with the help of a magic time traveling phone. Trust us, it’s a lot less kitschy than you think!
Adrian Moreno, Art Director, InStyle.com
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
There's a certain sexiness that goes along well with the "nerd factor." It calls for good conversation when something so formulaic can bring a wittiness to such a topic as "solar drama." ( barnesandnoble.com)
Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
I love stories about new beginnings and the romanticizing that comes along with it. The story has a similar spins that mirror with my move to N.Y.C. The ups, downs, and the reality. It's always nice to connect with a character and have those "right?!" moments. (barnesandnoble.com)
Reporting at Wit's End
This book is next on my hit-list. It sparked my curiosity with its tease into the raw world of journalism. I love a good period piece and this seems it may just bring that along with a quirky BTS factor. But in all honesty, I just saw a cute guy on the train reading it which sparked the impulse buy. Guilty! (barnesandnoble.com)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
I also plan on re-reading LAMB by Christopher Moore this Summer. Was a hilarious book. Except this time I'll pretend Susan Sarandon is narrating it. Would add a cheeky twist, no? (barnesandnoble.com)