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Monday, August 3, 2015

KILLING MONICA, Candace Bushnell

The latest novel from the now iconic author of Sex and the City is a major departure from Carrie and Co., but razor-sharp barbs and astute observations about the price of fame and success in true Bushnell fashion will both satisfy longtime supporters and bring new fans into the fold. The story revolves around a writer, who made her name on a series of highly successful books and subsequent films about a woman making her way in New York City, wanting to try writing something different, but not if her ex-friend—and star of the film adaptations has anything to say about it. While the story itself is entertaining enough, it’s made all the more juicy by speculation that Killing Monica is in large part based on Bushnell’s own experience, though she’s keeping mum on the subject—for now.


Newly updated for 2015 and packed cover to cover with full-color photographs, delightful illustrations and pages of insider information, Taschen’s Paris is the only guide to the City of Lights you’ll ever need. Divided up into categories, the thick coffee-table book is dedicated to highlighting the best and most famed shops, restaurants, museums and cafés in Paris, but also a slew of hidden gems frequented by the most in-the-know Parisians. In addition to hundreds of pages of information, a gorgeously illustrated map is located in the back of the tome: this is your ultimate travel companion to the French capital.


Filled with all the wit and inspiration found on her wildly popular blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Emily Schuman takes readers into her immaculate home, sharing her tips and tricks to perfectly posh interior design and party planning. From where each of her conversation-starting statement pieces are from to decorating tips for both apartment renters and homeowners, Schuman’s motto of “elevating the everyday” is apparent with each attention-catching photograph and Pinterest-worthy line of advice.


One part memoir and one part advice column, Amanda Brooks channels her authority on all things style into the story of half a life in the fashion industry. Chronicling everything from her inspirations (the Grateful Dead; her mother) to her now famous tenures at some of the most glamorous jobs on the planet (assistant to photographer Patrick Demarchelier; fashion director of Barneys), Brooks frames her experiences both as funny, poignant essays and as a guide for the next generation looking to follow in her designer footsteps. Though Brooks gave up her high-powered—and high-heeled—life for bucolic motherhood in the English countryside, her witticisms and insight are

applicable to everyone.

THE KNOCKOFF, Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

The summer’s ultimate beach read tells the story of an all-powerful fashion editor at a Vogue-like magazine who returns from a leave

of absence only to find her twentysomething, technology-addicted former assistant has big plans to effectively dismantle the magazine—and its staff in the process—by turning it into an app. Fast-paced, truly funny and speckled with designer name-drops and barely disguised famous fashion personalities, The Knockoff is the type of book you’ll rip through in one sitting only to wish there was more of it afterward. We can always hope for a sequel, right?

THE RESTORE POINT, Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, MD

Consistently named one of “America’s Top Doctors” by the Castle Connolly Guide, Dr. Frederick N. Lukash, MD, FACS, FAAP, delves into the world of child and teen obesity with this easy-to-follow and comprehensive guide to helping your children get healthy and stay fit for life. Detailing everything from the science behind obesity to how best to combat and prevent it, The Restore Point is everything a family needs to set itself on a trajectory toward a healthy, happy and long life.


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