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Boozy BookCation: 7 Zesty Book and Cocktail Pairings

by  | August 10
Cocktails by the pool

We bookworms know how important it is to set the ~mood~ when preparing to read the day away. And, especially during summertime, no reading session is complete without a cool cocktail to accompany your latest page-turner. Right? Right.

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, so reward yourself with one of these 7 cocktail-and-book pairings for a rip-roaring good time.


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Gatecrasher

Gatecrasher

by Ben Widdicombe

Manhattan

A reminder of celeb intrigue and NYC gossip in every sip.

Ben Widdicombe is the only writer to have worked for Page SixTMZ, and The New York Times—an unusual Triple Crown that allowed him personal access to the full gamut of Hollywood and high society’s rich and famous, from billionaires like Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, and the Koch brothers, to pop culture icons Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. Now, in Gatecrasher, New York’s premiere gossip-turned-society writer spills the sensational stories that never made it to print.

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Big Summer

Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

Piña colada

Everyone’s favorite to consume by the pool.

Daphne Berg is no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive ex-best friend Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.

A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most.

For more excellent poolside reads, check out Simon & Schuster's summer reading guide.

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Three Perfect Liars

Three Perfect Liars

by Heidi Perks

Negroni

Three ingredients with a touch of something dark and bitter.

Laura has returned to work at Morris and Wood after her maternity leave, only to discover that the woman she brought in to cover for her isn’t planning on going anywhere. Despite her close relationship with the agency’s powerful CEO, Harry Wood, she feels sidelined—and outmaneuvered—as she struggles to balance the twin demands of work and motherhood.

Mia was only supposed to be a temporary hire at Morris and Wood, but she’s managed to make herself indispensable to everyone. Everyone, that is, except Laura. If people only knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not want her to stay.

Janie gave up everything to support her husband and the successful agency he runs. But she has her own dark secret to protect…and will go to any lengths to keep it safe.

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Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

by Hannah Orenstein

Bee's Knees

An ever-reliable, refreshing concoction of sweetness. Bound to put you in a good, buzzing mood.

The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her friends.

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Man of the Year

Man of the Year

by Caroline Louise Walker

Old Fashioned

Sophisticated and sexy till the very last drop.  

Dr. Robert Hart, Sag Harbor’s just-named Man of the Year, is the envy of his friends and neighbors. His medical practice is thriving. He has a beautiful old house and a beautiful new wife and a beautiful boat docked in the village marina. When his son Jonah’s troubled college roommate needs a place to stay for the summer, Hart and his wife generously offer him their guesthouse. A win-win: Jonah will have someone to hang with, and his father can bask in the warm glow of his own generosity. But when Robert suspects his new houseguest of getting a little too close to his wife, the good doctor’s veneer begins to crack, and all the little lies he tells start to mount. Before long, Robert is embroiled in a desperate downward spiral, threatening to destroy anyone who stands in his way.

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An Elegant Woman

An Elegant Woman

by Martha McPhee

Gin Martini

You’ll be quite the Elegant Woman with this drink in hand.

A profound meditation on memory, history, and legacy, An Elegant Woman follows one woman over the course of the 20th century, taking the reader from a drought-stricken farm in Montana to a yellow Victorian in Maine; from the halls of a psychiatric hospital in London to a wedding gown fitting at Bergdorf Goodman; from a house in small town Ohio to a family reunion at a sweltering New Jersey pig roast. Framed by Isadora’s efforts to retell her grandmother’s journey—and understand her own—the novel is an evocative exploration of the stories we tell ourselves, and what we leave out.

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Big Freedia

Big Freedia

by Big Freedia

Sazarac

New Orleans invention that will leave you reeling with stories.

From the eponymous star of the most popular reality show in Fuse TV’s history, this no-holds-barred memoir tells the story of a gay, self-proclaimed mama’s boy who exploded onto the formerly underground New Orleans Bounce music scene—a hip-hop subgenre—and found acceptance, healing, self-expression, and stardom.

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