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If you and your fam are enjoying a tropical vacay this winter, congrats! Not only are you going to get a tan, but you are also now part of the select percent that can read trashy novels without shame or need for self defense. For the rest of us, it's time to put our Twilight days behind us and get real about quality tomes that we've been meaning to read since forever. So we tapped NYC rare-book dealer, Joseph Mandelbaum (who just launched his beautiful website, The Royal Mandelbaums) to give us the scoop on the soft and hard covers we should have in our libraries (and points of reference for dinner parties and beyond). From a memoir by one of Fitzgerald and Hemingway's BFF to an experimental DeLilo and everything in between, these ten must-reads are certainly worth, uh, bookmarking.
Click through for Joseph's top picks and visit his extensive library in NYC's West Village.
Summer flings are the best kind of romance. This is why we suffer through ever other season: for the chance to shed our un-sexy layers and find that perfect partner to share the longer, sunnier days and sultry summer nights. But, while summer lovin’ may be a blast, it can come with its fair share of libido-killers — read
Without sounding like haters, we think it’s necessary every now and again to reflect on the not-so-good attributes of our city, you know, so we can better appreciate the awesome things it offers. Plus, we dote on our hilly hub constantly, so why not take a sec to give S.F. a proverbial report card on those areas that read