Beach Reads

Summer Reading Roundup: Books by Hamptons Authors

Check out these hot titles from Hamptons authors for some suspenseful beach reading or tips on staying healthy and maintaining proper decorum at all times. Fun and useful!

The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous and Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel by James Bone
For more than three-quarters of a century, key documents detailing the life of the most glorified model in the history of America have been kept hidden from the public, leaving her legacy dormant—until now. In this first-ever comprehensive investigation into the life of Audrey Munson, whose body was the pinnacle of sex appeal in the early twentieth century, acclaimed journalist and Shelter Island resident James Bone dives into newly discovered details of Munson’s wild, devastating life with startling insight. Bone tells Munson’s story from her birth, in 1891, to the height of her stardom in the glorious riot that was Greenwich Village in the Gilded Age, to her death in a mental institution in 1996 when she was 104 years old. We only have one question: How is this not yet a movie?

Manners that Matter Most: The Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World with a Special Foreword by Norah Lawlor
How rude! Or not. Manners That Matter Most, with a Foreword by Hamptons PR maven Norah Lawler, is now in its second printing. Think of it as Etiquette 101. Writes Lawlor, “In an era where a message placed online can be transmitted world-wide and where modern cities are cultural melting pots comprised of people from many different nationalities, all with their own customs, the opportunity for making social errors is multiplied many fold.” Avoid a faux pas on the summer social scene and read this book! With tips for “Resisting the Lure of Your Cell Phone at the Dinner Table” (don’t even think about checking it) and gracefully exiting a party, Manners has got you covered.

Ghost Hampton: A Novel by Ken McGorry
The central character in this mystery is Lyle Hall, the “bane of Bridgehampton.” He’s the town drunk, a bad dad and an unscrupulous attorney. His life gets even worse when he hits and kills the town sweetheart, Elsie. Now, confined to a wheelchair, Hall is hearing things. Specifically the voice of Jewel, a beautiful Victorian girl who’s been dead for more than 100 years. She tells Lyle his daughter only has four days to live. The game is afoot, as they say. Inspired by a former brothel in Westhampton, close to where author Ken McGorry has a summer home, Ghost Hampton is brimming with otherworldly creepiness. You won’t be able to put this book down.

The Naughty Diet: The 10-Step Plan to Eat (and Cheat!) Your Way to the Body You Want by Melissa Milne
Frequent visitor to the Hamptons, model Melissa Milne (who’s also a certified integrative nutrition health coach) says it’s time to repair our relationship with food and, in turn, the way we look at ourselves. Her new book, The Naughty Diet, is “the anti-diet, breaking the traditional rules of dieting—and all their man-made, media-hyped, me-focused hypocritical restrictions—so you can be free to lose weight without losing yourself. And by the end, you will lose weight—a psychic weight off your shoulders, shame from your brain, and extra flab from everywhere that matters.” Suggestions about what foods to indulge in, what exercise regimen to pursue and how to change a pattern of negative thinking, The Naughty Diet is a motivating, positive read. This book says, loud and clear, “Go ahead, be naughty. Don’t feel guilty.” Sign us up!

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