Tuesday, July 30, 2013

3 Summer Reads--Selected the Wrong Way

We all know the age-old adage "don't judge a book by its cover." But we're all guilty of it. It's hard not to do just that at People, when the other interns and I cram into the book room on our floor week after week and sort through the countless volumes publishers send to our Books editor for consideration in the magazine.

So, I've compiled a short list of summer reads based on the interesting covers I've come across in our closet that should all be on your Must-Read list as the summer winds down.

1. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (Lauren Weisberger)

While the bold power colors emblazoned on Weisberger's latest are indeed eye-catching, that's not why you or I need to read it: Revenge is the much-hyped sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. Set in a fictional (?) cutthroat magazine industry, everyone's favorite go-getter Andy Sachs—reuniting with her former coassistant-turned-friend Emily—is back at a high-end bridal title, years after she left Runway EIC Miranda Priestly high and dry at Paris Fashion Week. As the novel's sleeve says, "Karma's a bitch," and it seems Miranda's not about to let the editorial ingenue move on with her life quite yet.

2. Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far (Brad Goreski w/ Mickey Rapkin)

America—well, gays, girls, and their moms—fell in love with Brad first as stylist Rachel Zoe's sassy assistant on The Rachel Zoe Project then again on his own Bravo reality show, It's a Brad Brad World. Now Brad is back, quippy and chic as ever, with his debut book, now out in paperback. Part fashion manual, part memoir, the author dishes out advice for the style-savvy and self-doubting alike.

3. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics (Dan Savage)

Liberal provocateur—and founder of the It Gets Better campaign—Dan Savage returns to the bookshelf with his latest read, a collection of straight-talking essays. As always, the subject matter is controversial and bound to elicit harsh remarks from all sides. That said, he takes on issues from parenting, sex, and religion with his typical personal, reflective (not to mention expletive-laced) commentary—and may open up a few minds along the way.

By Jeff Nelson, Drake University, People
Edited by Andrew Chow, Harvard College, TV Guide

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