Sigh. It's here: summer's end. We've got one last weekend of glory for [fill in the blank]. However, with the end of this season comes the start of the next. Autumn brings fresh starts and, possibly, a lot more work you need to buckle down and complete. And, if you chose to use your last hurrah relaxing by the shore or venturing to your favorite park, the R29 editors have equipped you with one more knockout list of reads that will give you a total mental vacation — even if you're keeping it close to home this holiday weekend.
Low Life: The Lures And Snares Of Old New York, by Luc Sante
"Not only is this incredibly fun, pulpy, florid reading filled with countless servings of the juiciest, bloodiest bits of New York history, it's written with the eye of a true art historian and critic. It fills in the blanks and provides the actual facts left out by Herbert Asbury's more well-known, discombobulated The Gangs of New York and will change the way you see the architecture, culture, and very streets of the city."
—Gabriel Bell, staff writer
"Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York," by Luc Sante, $11.34, available at Amazon.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Yes, I missed reading this classic in English Lit in college, and now that visual genius Baz Luhrmann is taking it to the big screen, I just had to pick it up. It's no surprise that I loved it, as I do all of Fitzgerald's works, and with every page, it makes me wish I lived through the Roaring Twenties — well, minus prohibition. Fitzgerald really does a number on your senses with his heavily pleasing descriptions of nouveau-riche indulgence, making The Great Gatsby quite a page-turner. I regret not reading it sooner."
—Isabel Cafaro, executive assistant
"The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, $8.99, available at Amazon.
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
"It usually takes me a while to get into a book, but with the three-day weekend ahead, I'm finally finishing my summer read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The story revolves around a mysterious circus that only appears at night and the drama that unfolds between its two performers, Celia and Marco. Like Romeo and Juliet, they are also star-crossed young lovers who have the misfortune of being the offspring and pawns of a dueling father and trainer. Keep an open mind if you're not one for fantasy novels. This book is a good way of dipping your toe — or splashing your foot! — in the fantasy genre. It's dark, imaginative, twisted, and beautifully written."
—Lisa Dionisio, production editor
"The Night Circus," by Erin Morgenstern, $14.50, available at Amazon.
The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood
"I got on kind of a vintage YA fiction kick — authors like Joan Aiken — and my Kindle pointed me in the direction of Maryrose Wood, who's written this incredibly engaging, quirky charming mystery series that's not just for kids. It's very English and period, and absolutely hilarious. I rarely laugh out loud when I'm reading, but I stayed up all night finishing the first one and possibly woke my neighbors because I couldn't stop giggling."
—Kristian Laliberte, senior editor
"The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place," by Maryrose Wood, $12.83, available at Amazon.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
"I can't recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society enough. Our deputy editor, Neha, recommended it to me as a beach read for my summer vacation, and I literally devoured it on the shores of the Outer Banks. It's a great mix of World War II history, non-cheesy romance, and Jane Austen-esque shenanigans."
—Holly Thomas, D.C. editor
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," by Mary Ann Shaffer, available at Amazon.
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