Yes, August definitely feels like throw-your-book-into-a-bag-and-head-for-the-beach time to me. What’s a better companion on a lazy summer day than a juicy read? The four we have this go-around are just that (note the award-winning pedigrees too), and come to you courtesy of our August leader, Didi Gluck. Didi is Real Simple’s beauty and health director (and a member of my real-life book club), and she’s wonderfully delightful. Take a look at the choices, then vote in the poll below by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24. Enjoy, everyone!
A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Egan’s inventive time-shifting, music business–set work (is it a novel? a collection of short stories? everyone seems to have a different opinion) won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Just Kids, by Patti Smith
Though Smith’s National Book Award–winning memoir touches on her rock fame, it’s really a love letter to her soul mate Robert Mapplethorpe and the New York City of the ’60s and ’70s.
Your Voice in My Head, by Emma Forrest
British journalist Forrest’s own memoir describes a young life that had already jumped the tracks when she found herself reeling from both the loss of her beloved therapist and the end of an intense affair with a famed actor.
The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
McLain’s novel brings to life Jazz Age Paris and the famed expats who populated it, among them handsome, swaggering Ernest Hemingway and Hadley, his devoted, supportive (first) wife. Totally addictive.