PUBLISHED AUG 14, 2019

Best Reads for Going OOO...

Reads for OOO

Suitcase? Check. Headphones? Check. Book? Check. These picks belong in your travel bag. Perfect for your next personal day off or weekend getaway. Pairs well with sand.

Olive, Again
"Olive, Again" by Elizabeth Strout

This fall, we're ordering martinis with extra olives. Yes, Olive Kitteridge is back with commentary on motherhood, loneliness, and the quirkiness of small town life in Maine. The beauty is in the writing—but even if you didn’t read the original, you’ll fall fast for this group of interrelated stories.

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Find Me
"Find Me" by Andre Aciman

Pumpkins and fall go together like “Call Me By Your Name” and peaches. Yes, we went there. Just in time for the sequel, which picks up 15 years later. Elio’s in Paris with a new love, Oliver’s in New York and miserable, and Elio’s beloved father is divorced and on the mend. Fingers crossed for a grand reunion but we’ll leave it to you to "find" out.

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"American Royals" by Katharine McGee
"American Royals" by Katharine McGee

Imagine if America were a monarchy. Imagine no more. This book gives you an alternate universe in which George Washington was given a crown after the Revolutionary War. More than two centuries later, the House of Washington still rules...with forbidden love and Gossip Girl-esque drama included. Royally American.

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"The Dutch House" by Ann Patchett
"The Dutch House" by Ann Patchett

Family = complicated AF. This one’s a dark take on a modern fairytale. It's told through the story of two siblings over the course of 50 years and covers what happens when their father buys a massive estate (hence, the Dutch House). The purchase sets off a series of events that changes their family as they know it.

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The Other's Gold
"The Other's Gold" by Elizabeth Ames

It’s back to school season and this book will get you in spirit. It’s about four girls who meet as college freshmen. Fast forward years into the future and they’re navigating new motherhood...with old secrets.

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"Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston
"Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston

In this one, the kids of the female US president go to the UK to attend a royal wedding. Spoiler: the "special friendship" between the US and the UK becomes a friendship with benefits.

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Supper Club
"Supper Club" by Lara Williams

Imagine a female-only dinner club where women embrace their love of food, life, womanhood, and connection. Topics of supper club conversations include: not apologizing, ending the patriarchy, taking up literal and metaphorical space as a woman, and of course, food. As delicious of a read as it sounds. 

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"The Floating Feldmans" by Elyssa Friedland
"The Floating Feldmans" by Elyssa Friedland

Family reunions can rock the boat. This one does it on a cruise ship. When the Feldmans hit the high seas for their matriarch's 70th, a lot of drama and laughs come out in tight quarters. Think: "This is Where I Leave You" meets "The Family Stone."

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Marilou Is Everywhere
"Marilou is Everywhere" by Sarah Elaine Smith

Small town girl goes missing. Sound familiar? Except in this one, another girl literally steps into her shoes. This one's like "Sliding Doors" meets "Freaky Friday" from a sharp, smart writing voice.

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Normal People
"Normal People" by Sally Rooney

One part love story, one part genius writing, one part 20-something author...stir for a book with a lot of buzz. It's about an Irish boy and girl who meet in high school and develop a deep connection in university and beyond. Warning: reading may require tissues.

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Walking on the Ceiling
"Walking on the Ceiling" by Aysegül Savas

When a young Turkish woman moves to Paris after her mother's death, she meets an older British writer. He's working on a book set in Istanbul. She has a lot of stories about Istanbul. Cue a friendship (and maybe more) developing over long walks around the city. Bonjour, intrigue.

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Mostly Dead Things
"Mostly Dead Things" by Kristen Arnett

Remember taxidermy Kendall? This is a hilarious read ft. taxidermy. Stick with us. When a young woman is forced to step up and run her family's taxidermy business after her dad's tragic death, things get weird. And eccentric. Warning: might laugh out loud.

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The Bucket List
"The Bucket List" by Georgia Clark

You've heard of a bucket list. Now, meet the boob bucket list. This one's about a 25-year-old woman who finds out she has a breast cancer gene mutation and struggles with the decision of whether or not to get a double mastectomy. In the meantime, she makes a "boob bucket list." Read to find out how she lives her breast life.

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Breathe In, Cash Out
“Breathe In, Cash Out” by Madeleine Henry

It’s “The Devil Wears Prada,” meets Wall Street. All about what happens to a straight-A Ivy League grad who dreams of launching her own yoga practice. The hold up? She has to quit her very high-stress banking job. Get ready for the ohmmmms.

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Give Me Your Hand
"Give Me Your Hand" by Megan Abbott

This read gets into a very complicated female friendship. Imagine your lab partner from high school being your best friend. Fun. Then imagine her telling you a secret that changes your lives forever...and showing up decades later as your professional competition. Not as fun, but way more interesting.

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Gingerbread
"Gingerbread" by Helen Oyeyemi

Once upon a time... there was an adult fairytale. This one's a reimagined version of Hansel and Gretel that follows an immigrant mother and her teenage daughter in the UK. TBD if this family finds its happy ending.

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How Could She
“How Could She" by Lauren Mechling

In this read: girl goes through horrible break-up; girl watches her best friends land dream jobs, husbands, and seemingly perfect lives. It’s an inside look at female friendships—and betrayals—career and dating pressures, and hardest of all—making it in NYC.

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Very Nice
"Very Nice" by Marcy Dermansky

In this book, there’s Rachel—an MFA student, and Becca, Rachel’s mom in Connecticut. Now say hi to Zahid, Rachel’s creative writing professor. We’ll let you guess what goes down in this one…

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The New Me
"The New Me" by Halle Butler

Meet Millie. She’s 30 and just can’t get her life together. She hates her job and spends her nights all alone thinking about a better life. When she gets a job offer all the dreams she ever wanted feels tangible. But then the realization hits that maybe everything she wanted isn’t all that great after all.

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Savage News
“Savage News” by Jessica Yellin

Yellin, who’s an experienced journalist herself, knows a thing or two about this world. Her fictional take follows Natalie Savage, a budding White House reporter who’s forced to compete with a 20-something frat boy for her spot at the network. Natalie grapples with ratings pressure, sexual harassment, and political crises as she fights to keep her dream job.

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The Learning Curve
"The Learning Curve" by Mandy Berman

This read follows two roommates who develop relationships with a visiting professor with a questionable past. Spoiler: things get complicated.

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Necessary People
"Necessary People" by Anna Pitoniak

Stella and Violet are polar opposites. And also best friends. Things take a turn when they get jobs at the same company and the roles they’ve always held in each other’s lives begin to flip. They get competitive and will do whatever it takes to succeed—even if means throwing each other under the bus along the way. Think: “Bride Wars,” meets “The Devil Wears Prada.”

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Stay Up with Hugo Best
"Stay Up with Hugo Best" by Erin Somers

A 20-something woman gets her dream job as a writer's assistant on a late night comedy show. But it's not all laughs. When her boss—the famous host—invites her to his suburban home for the weekend, things start taking a turn. This one's timely in the #MeToo and Time's Up era.

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Bunny
"Bunny" by Mona Awad

This read gets very dark, very fast. It's is about an MFA clique gone wrong. Think: “Heathers,” with alllll the good cultish vibes.

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Fleishman is in Trouble
"Fleishman Is in Trouble" by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

This NYTimes writer went big on the D's: divorce, drama, dating apps, and disappearances. This one’s all about the trouble that ensues when a 41-year-old man man divorces his wife and has to put the pieces back together. It’s a feminist novel nestled in a story about the messiness of marriage.

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The Heirs
"The Heirs" by Susan Rieger

When the patriarch of an elite Manhattan family dies, a lot of inheritance drama comes to life. This novel is kinda like "Succession" meets "The Nest." After a week of money talk, this will give you an on-theme escape.

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White Elephant
“White Elephant” by Julie Langsdorf

This story is centered in a small town where tensions are running high. There’s neighbor v neighbor drama plus a lawyer with a pot problem, a teenage prank gone wrong, and more. Think: “Little Fires Everywhere” meets “Big Little Lies."

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The Female Persuasion
"The Female Persuasion" by Meg Wolitzer

This book follows Greer into her first job working for feminist icon Faith Frank. And her 'meant to be' love story that doesn't go as planned. It'll give you a little "The Devil Wears Prada," a little "The Affair," and a feminist history lesson along the way.

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