Finally, it’s summer vacation. You have more free time, the days are longer, and you have multiple getaways planned – perfect to pick up an exciting new read. If you don’t know yet what books to take on the plane or bring to your beach hangout, we’ve compiled some of our editor’s favourites.

 

Loulou & Yves by Christopher Petkanas

In the world of couturier Yves Saint Laurent, the role of Loulou de la Falaise was crucial. She was his muse, but also his jewelry creator for over 30 years. This book, told with the help of over 200 insiders, gives us a glimpse inside the darker side of the life of parties and creations. A captivating book for anyone who is passionate about fashion.

Stephane Le Duc

 

 

 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

In his first novel, Oxford grad Daniel Mallory (an exec at publisher Marrow), writing under the pseudonym A.J. Finn, penned an intelligent psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, grasping for more. The book, which is already in the process of becoming an A-list Hollywood film, is centered around Dr. Anna Fox, a former child psychologist turned agoraphobic, an alcoholic recluse who spends her days spying on her neighbours. The story is filled with clever historical, religious, and cultural references, following Anna as she witnesses a crime. It starts out a little slow, but as the book picks up, you’re going to want to take notes.

– Jane Bradshaw

 

 

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges

In his brief, fiery, and somber book, journalist Chris Hedges verbalizes a societal wakeup call. Shining a spotlight onto today’s moral ‘atheism,’ as we drool over entertainment, spiritless vocational secondary education, and not to mention the wonderful world of corporate clout. Worth the read if you are looking to gain insight into your preferences or, better yet, the reasoning behind what you prefer.

Brenna Dixon

 

 

 

 

Blood is Blue by Kiki Dranias

This is a collection of 33 poems you will remember – for your heart will beat to the pace of your reading. The style and elegance of the gifted writer Kiki Dranias clash with the utter honesty and strength of the feelings she describes. Harsh reality turned into poetry, without laces yet in splendid words. The poems depict the different facets of love, with several tones of voice, colours, distinct rhythms, and considerable intensity. Words and works of a proud Greek woman who lives and loves in Montreal. As an additional gift of love, Kiki Dranias prints on soft recycled paper has designed a wonderful handcrafted book and has a dedicated surprise in each sold copy. An absolute must, for people with genuine feelings.

Alexandra Moulin

 

 

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Have you ever watched The Devil Wears Prada and thought to yourself, “I want more Emily?” Well, Lauren Weisberger heard your prayers. In a follow-up to her famous novel-turned-blockbuster hit, we catch up with the show-stopping other assistant, Emily Charlton, as she is now a high-profile image consultant working in Hollywood with a declining client list. In order to pick up momentum, she has to visit an A-lister in the New England ‘burbs. I can see Emily Blunt’s famed character shuddering in her Manolos. In a very Devil-Wears-Prada fashion, Weisberger delivers this new tale looking into a sexy, alluring world of Hollywood’s fixers with her signature wit to prove that style and substance are not mutually exclusive.

– Jane Bradshaw

 

 

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

This was my first introduction to Helen Oyeyemi and her modern-day fairytales filled with intrigue and magical realism. The stories leave you wanting more, with moments and themes that are just slightly off from our own reality, leaving you to wonder what type of world these characters really do inhabit. This book of short stories is perfect for summer – you can pick it up and read one story at a time, giving you ample time to take it in before moving on to the next. Each story has threads that connect them to each other, with the theme of the book being secrets and keys, both metaphorical and physical. It leaves you thinking what you have access to, what you give others access to, and what’s always locked up for good.

– Rebecca Kahn

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