For the Hamptons set, Labor Day Weekend brings about a very specific type of anxiety—the summer season is winding down, and there is nothing we can do to prolong carefree beach days on the sands of the South Shore. Take some time to yourself to escape to a calmer place, one that only exists inside the pages of a great book. Below, we present a selection of captivating reads to cap off yet another fabulous season out east. Once you've paged through these reads, check out Grace Coddington: The American Vogue Years, which comes out on September 5.
A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles
Penguin Random House
A Gentleman in Moscow is a story of personal and emotional discovery by the author of the New York Times bestseller Rules of Civility. In 1922, having been deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, Count Alexander Rostov is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin, resigning him to years in a cramped attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Though stripped of his wealth and his dignity, the count remains determined to preserve his passion for life, and he finds his life propelled in unanticipated directions through his encounters with the hotel’s staff and guests, which unlock the doors to larger worlds within the hotel and ultimately himself. A Gentleman in Moscow is available as of September 6.
Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
By Jérôme Gautier
Yale University Press
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the most iconic fashion designer of all time, possesses a legacy that is unrivaled. Author Jérôme Gautier tells the story of Chanel’s iconic style through hundreds of images, crafting a coffee-table book that also reads like an anthology of who’s who in fashion photography. This innovative volume pairs classic and contemporary photographs, placing fashion plates from Chanel’s time alongside those by the house’s designer-in-chief, Karl Lagerfeld. Readers are reminded of the key elements that have designed Chanel’s style for generations, including jersey and tweed, as well as the little black dress, which transformed a hue previously reserved for mourning into a statement of elegance. A can’t-miss for the fashion aficionado.
By Jules Feiffer
Released in July, Cousin Joseph is the latest graphic novel by legendary, Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist and East Hampton resident Jules Feiffer. This action-packed,
American noir fiction is a prequel to Kill My Mother, Feiffer’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel, which was released in 2011 and subsequently featured in an exhibit at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Set in 1931, the book tells the story of Detective Sam Hannigan, head of the Bay City Red Squad. Through his adventures, readers are ultimately introduced to the very origins of Hollywood and its role in shaping the country we know today.
Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life
By Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner
St. Martin’s Press
This year is the 30th anniversary of the New York Mets’ miraculous run to become World Champions. The 1986 World Series consistently ranks among the Top 10 sporting events of the 20th century, and pitcher Ron Darling was on the mound to start the final, pivotal game 7. The rival Red Sox scored three runs early in the game, and Darling was soon relieved. The book tells the story of those first few innings, as Darling reflects on what it means to compete at the game’s highest level.
By Alice Arlen and Michael J. Arlen
Penguin Random House
Anyone who has been out to the Hamptons has likely seen Newsday, the daily paper that blankets most of Long Island. The Huntress tells the story of its maverick founder and publisher Alicia Patterson, who was with the paper from 1939 until her death in 1963. Patterson was the daughter of Joseph Medill Patterson, scion of the Patterson-Medill Chicago publishing dynasty. The book explores her WASP world, from her globe-trotting childhood to her marriage to Harry Guggenheim and her career exploits, which landed Newsday a Pulitzer in 1954 and catapulted her onto the national stage. This fascinating biography pairs perfectly with long summer days at the beach.