In 1920, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Elsa Emerson, Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child¹s game of pretend. While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures #ad - There she is discovered by irving green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, and personal happiness, family, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, all while remaining true to herself.
Ambitious and richly imagined, laura lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood.
Other People We MarriedRiverhead Books #ad - In “some people must really fall in love, ” an assistant professor takes halting steps into the awkward world of office politics while harboring feelings for a freshman student. The beloved debut story collection from the New York Times-bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers. In other people we married, straub creates characters as recognizable as a best friend, and follows them through moments of triumph and transformation with wit, vulnerability, and dazzling insight.
Other People We Married #ad - These twelve stories, and joyful language, filled with sharp humor, emotional acuity, announce the arrival of a major new talent. Two sisters struggle with old assumptions about each other as they stumble to build a new relationship in “A Map of Modern Palm Springs. In “puttanesca, ” two widows move tentatively forward, still surrounded by ghosts and disappointments from the past.
Modern LoversRiverhead Books #ad - It’s ‘friends’ meets ‘almost Famous’ meets the beach read you’ll be recommending all summer. Theskimm from the author of the new york times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college— and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in.
Friends and former college bandmates elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease.
Modern Lovers #ad - But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool to their own offspring. Back in the band's heyday, andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with.
But the summer that their children reach maturity and start sleeping together, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.
Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, or friendship, and the fact that our passions—be they food, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, ambition and pleasure, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.
The Vacationers: A NovelRiverhead Books #ad - The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. The vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, insight, made substantial by the exceptional wit, intelligence and talents of its author.
People four starsan irresistible, joys, about the secrets, deftly observed novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of Modern Lovers, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.
The Vacationers: A Novel #ad - Richly riveting. This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. Delicious. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, childhood rivalries resurface, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.
. For the posts, and their daughter, sylvia, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, has graduated from high school.
Chasing Salomé: A Novel of 1920s HollywoodRothesay Press #ad - But it means risking everything she has: her reputation, her fortune, her beautiful home, and even her lavender marriage. She is the highest-paid actress in town, and a series of lovers that has included the first wife of her protégé, adoration of her fans, with a luxurious estate, the respect of her peers, Rudolph Valentino.
But reaching the top is one thing. Staying there is an entirely different matter. Nazimova dreams of producing a motion picture of Oscar Wilde’s infamous “Salomé. It will be a new form of moviemaking: the world’s first art film. But the same executives at metro pictures who hailed Nazimova as a genius when she was churning out hit after hit now turn their backs because her last few movies have flopped.
Chasing Salomé: A Novel of 1920s Hollywood #ad - Taking matters into her own hands, Nazimova decides to shoot “Salomé” herself. Hollywood, 1920alla Nazimova has reached the pinnacle of success. But will it be enough to turn her fortunes around? or will hollywood cut her out of the picture?From the author of the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels and based on a true story, “Chasing Salomé” takes us inside Nazimova’s struggle to achieve a new level of stardom by raising the flickers to an art form.
The FuturesLee Boudreaux Books #ad - But julia, whose privileged upbringing grants her an easy but wholly unsatisfying job with a nonprofit, feels increasingly shut out of Evan's secretive world. With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in a high-stakes deal at work--a deal that, despite the assurances of his Machiavellian boss, begins to seem more than slightly suspicious.
As in earlier, big city, bret easton ellis's american psycho and sylvia plath's The Bell Jar-the city is another mirror character, seminal novels about similar 20-something cohorts-among them Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, a puzzle the protagonists must solve as they come to grips with their own lives.
Npr. Orgin this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success-only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached. Julia and evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund.
The Futures #ad - Rich in suspense and insight, Anna Pitoniak's gripping debut reveals the fragile yet enduring nature of our connections: to one another and to ourselves. The futures is a glittering story of a couple coming of age, and a searing portrait of what it's like to be young and full of hope in New York City, a place that so often seems determined to break us down--but ultimately may be the very thing that saves us.
One of refinery29's best books of 2017one of the skimm's best books of 2017"The next great New York novel. Town & country"a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever.
The Paper WaspGrove Press #ad - As she edges closer to elise, the rhizome, and her own artistic ambitions, the dynamic shifts between the two friends—until Abby can see only one way to grasp the future that awaits her. The paper wasp is a thrilling, unexpected journey into the psyche and imagination of a woman determined to fulfill her destiny from one of our most unique and incisive writers.
Elise’s unexpected faith in abby reignites in her a dormant hunger, and when Elise offhandedly tells Abby to look her up if she’s ever in LA, Abby soon arrives on her doorstep. Once a bright student on the cusp of a promising art career, she now languishes in her childhood home, trudging to and from her job as a supermarket cashier.
The Paper Wasp #ad - Each day she is taunted from the magazine racks by the success of her former best friend Elise, a rising Hollywood starlet whose life in pictures Abby obsessively scrapbooks. At night abby escapes through the films of her favorite director, Auguste Perren, a cult figure known for his creative institute the Rhizome.
. Ever the supportive friend, abby becomes enmeshed in Elise’s world, even as she guards her own dark secret and burning desire for greatness. There, abby discovers that although Elise is flourishing professionally, behind her glossy magazine veneer she is lonely and disillusioned. Inspired by perren, abby draws fantastical storyboards based on her often premonitory dreams, a visionary gift she keeps hidden.
When abby encounters elise again at their high school reunion, she is surprised and warmed that Elise still considers her not only a friend but a brilliant storyteller and true artist.
Mrs. Everything: A NovelAtria Books #ad - Meanwhile, jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after? In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world? .
Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Jo and bethie survive traumas and tragedies. Do we change or does the world change us? Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything except settling down.
Growing up in 1950s detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. An instant new york times bestseller “A multigenerational narrative that’s nothing short of brilliant. People “Simply unputdownable. Good housekeeping “The perfect book club pick.
Mrs. Everything: A Novel #ad - Shereads named a best book of summer by entertainment weekly, woman’s day, thoughtful, the #1 new york times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, HelloGiggles, PopSugar, Cosmopolitan, and Refinery29 From Jennifer Weiner, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world.
Laura & EmmaSimon & Schuster #ad - Told in vignettes whose every “restrained and understated sentence has been polished to glittering brightness” Vox, Laura & Emma is “an incisive comedy of manners about class divides and the ‘burdens’ of being born privileged” Esquire and “a thoughtful novel of trying to find oneself despite an assigned place in the world” Publishers Weekly.
Masterly deftness, funny sentence by funny sentence. A moving and intricately braided story of two mothers. Jonathan franzen, addictive read” people, the guardian this “beguiling, book of the Week and Belletrist Book Club pick about a blue-blooded single mother raising her daughter in rarefied New York City is a “carefully observed family story that rings true to life” The New York Times Book Review.
Laura & Emma #ad - Laura hails from the upper East Side of Manhattan, born into old money, drifting aimlessly into her early thirties. The two sleep together. Unputdownable” library journal and “wryly observed” Vogue, Laura & Emma follows Laura as she raises Emma in New York City over the next fifteen years. With wit and compassion, Kate Greathead explores the many flaws and quirks that make us human.
Kate greathead’s debut novel gamely takes on class conflict, single motherhood, and the discreet pretension of the 1980s Upper East Side” New York magazine and is a “layered story about mothers and daughters and identity” Entertainment Weekly. Enter: Emma.
The Last Book PartyHenry Holt and Co. #ad - But by the night of the party, eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems. A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess's The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.
. A july 2019 indie next list great read* *one of parade's most anticipated books of summer 2019* *an O Magazine Best Beach Read of 2019**A New York Post Best Beach Read of 2019* “The Last Book Party is a delight. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.
Karen dukess has rendered a wonderful world to spend time in. Taylor jenkins reid, new york times bestselling author of daisy Jones & The Six A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod. In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old eve rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother.
The Last Book Party #ad - Reading this story of a young woman trying to find herself while surrounded by the bohemian literary scene during a summer on the Cape in the late '80s, I found myself nodding along in so many moments and dreading the last page. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed "Book Party"— where attendees dress as literary characters.
Otherwise Engaged: A NovelSkyhorse #ad - But when gabe sells his first novel—a thinly-veiled retelling of his wild love affair with ex-girlfriend Talia—and it becomes a national sensation, Molly can't help but feel like the third wheel. As fact and fiction, and past and present, begin to blur, Molly realizes the only way out of this downward spiral is to fight her way back up.
To make matters worse, talia reappears in Gabe's life, eager to capitalize on the book's success and to rekindle what she had with Gabe. But of even more concern? Gabe doesn't seem concerned at all. This is the smartest romantic comedy i've read—and it's compulsively readable!” — Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer and Cutting Teeth Life is sweet for New Yorkers Molly and Gabe: They're young, in love, and newly engaged.
Otherwise Engaged: A Novel #ad - At least, that's how it seems to Molly. Suddenly goes down the drain. Jealous, paranoid, and increasingly desperate, Molly starts to spin out of control. But what—if anything—will be left of her life and her relationship when she arrives? Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jennifer Weiner, Otherwise Engaged explores the life we seek when the life we have.