You will be tested.
When we're not turning heads, we're turning pages.
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
If you like food and care about good writing, consider your education incomplete until you pick up Ruth Reichl's TENDER AT THE BONE: Growing Up at the Table. While her subsequent memoirs of her days as an NYT food critic (Garlic & Sapphires and Comfort Me With Apples) are both extraordinary and compelling reads, you can't fully appreciate them until you've devoured this, Reichl's first installment. The book is a beautifully written ode not only to food, but to the memories and relationships that gather around it. @smuntchie's copy, pictured here, tea-stained and dog-eared, is among her most prized possessions, and remains, miraculously, in one piece despite countless re-readings.
The Dud Avocado by Eliane Dundy
THE DUD AVOCADO by Eliane Dundy is a hilarious book about a woman’s post-grad life in 50s Paris. Throughout various capers, wildly drunken nights, and several madcap rendezvous, you’ll fall in love and laugh with Sally Jay Gorce. Imagine something out of GIRLS, but with far more elegant clothing, more effervescence and (somehow) worse men. 🥑
Widow Basquiat: A Love Story by Jennifer Clement
WIDOW BASQUIAT is, of course, a must-read for fans of Jean-Michel’s work, or anyone obsessed with 80s NYC. But it’s also magnificently written, heartbreaking and uplifting. Suzanne Mallouk is a captivating and badass woman whose story is both totally emblematic of another time and relevant to our world today.