As a daily commuter to NYC, I am always in desperate need of a good book to pass the time on my boring train ride. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin was the perfect story to fill my time. It’s a page-turner that manages to touch on deep messages on family, relationships, and finding happiness. My heart ached for the characters as they struggled to make the right life-changing decisions. I raced through Giffin’s story, eager to find out what happens in the end. It actually had me looking forward to my train ride!—Libby Henry
Front Row: Anna Wintour: What Lies Beneath the Chic Exterior of Vogue’s Editor in Chief by Jerry Oppenheimer, $11.67
There are magazine editors, and there is Anna Wintour. This (unauthorized) biography of the famous—and infamous—editrix contains everything that Lauren Weisberger didn’t tell you. You’ll learn about Wintour’s schoolgirl years; her rarely discussed time at Viva (a competitor of Playgirl); and precisely how long she’s been sporting her trademark bob and sunglasses.
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This hilarious guide, written by the deputy fashion editor of the Guardian, explains the meaning (hidden and otherwise) behind every chic item in a wardrobe. The dry humor and clever quips will have you looking anew at everything from florals to footwear. And pay particular attention to the short chapters, “Logos: the bleating of the insecure” and “Hair Extensions, and when you realize you no longer understand the young.”
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Do you think the world of fashion today is decadent? It will seem tame after reading this nonfiction work, which chronicles the adventures of a young Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent as they triumphantly take the reins of Chanel and Dior in the 1970s.
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There is no more iconic fashion novel than Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and there is no more perfect fashion icon than the inimitable Holly Golightly. You will want to don a little black dress of your own, perhaps paired with a Tiffany’s bauble, as soon as you finish this classic.
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