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.