Glamour, fashion and 1940’s New York City. Sound fun? City of Girls is the book for you this summer then. This book will keep you entertained with the whimsical theater life of Vivian as she revisits her time spent in New York and her brief time spent with a man who became the love of her life. City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love (Goodreads.com). If this type of flair is your cup of tea, another great read to check out this summer is The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. In this coming-of-age story, a Jewish grandmother recounts to her granddaughter her youth in the ever-changing climate of society where women started aspiring to go to college more and more; a world of short skirts, Hollywood celebrities and new opportunities.
Secret loves gone missing. Late nineteenth century setting with real characters. If either of these are what you are looking for in a book, Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict is the book for you. In this novel, placed in the 1860’s, after falling in love with a lady’s maid that he employs, Carnegie goes on a search to find her and lays the foundation for his legacy today. This book is inspired by the idea that this maid may have changed Carnegie from the ruthless business man he was into the philanthropist we have all come to remember.
Looking for a fast paced modern New York City read? A Visit from the Good Squad follows a former punk rock star and a record executive who are battling between self-destruction and redemption and their desire for both. Their stories jump back and forth from past and present but are written beautifully in a way that leaves you wanting more. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner follows a fearless motorcycle enthusiast named Reno, who just moved to New York at the beginning of a radical art movement. She falls in love with an artist whom she is having an affair with only to find betrayal at her door.
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