October Reading List

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Brandon Santon
Brandon Santon
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Originally a photographic blog that has amassed a million loyal fans, Humans of New York is a collection of photographs in which Stanton takes photos and hears the stories of various residents in NYC. Whether he’s interviewing the woman in front of him at Starbucks or a sanitation worker who works in the subways, Stanton has a way of making the simplest stories interesting and occasionally heart-wrenching. But overall, Humans of New York truly is a celebration of the individuality and spirit present in the Empire State.
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Tamara Mellon
Tamara Mellon
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Alongside her co-writer William Patrick, Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon recounts the details of her glamorous life in her new memoir. It recounts her glamorous childhood, the rise of her fashion empire, and her battles with anxiety and depression all while offering a candid behind-the-scenes look at how she became the woman she is today. There are so many memoirs floating around about the fashion industry and the figures involved. But Mellon is a woman whose career has been shaped by hardship and scandal, and that makes this one worth a look.
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Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung
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Alexa Chung is everything I want to be: smart, funny, stylish, and cute with just the right amount of bitchiness. And in her new book, Chung writes on everything from her experiences with heartbreak to her embarrassing experiences as a teenage groupie. Add to that her insights on style and her killer beauty tips, and Chung’s new book should definitely be at the top of your list for fall reads.
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Helen Fielding
Helen Fielding
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Before there was Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham, there was Bridget Jones. Set in present-day London, Bridget is in her late 40‘s, but she is still keeping a diary while immersing herself in the world of texting, Twitter, and other forms of “social media.” Jones’s self-deprecating humor and obsession with everything from her weight to quitting smoking made for entertaining chick-lit in the 90’s, and I’m interested to see if it translates well into the new millennium.
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Morrissey
Morrissey
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‘The King of Gloom’ has been hinting at a memoir since 2011, but only two weeks before its release date did Morrissey announce his first memoir would be released this month through Penguin Classics (sadly, only in the UK and Europe for now; a publication date for the US has yet to be announced). And at a time when there are memoirs being released by Melissa Joan Hart, Nick Carter, and Tori Spelling, it’s exciting that there’s a memoir being released about someone we actually care about.
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James Franco
James Franco
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Franco’s debut novel dives into the world of celebrity with a book stylized as a mix of essays, text messages, and more. The book involves a large range of characters, involving everything from an ex-child star, a McDonald’s drive-thru operator, the ghost of River Phoenix, and Franco himself. With any other writer, that synopsis might seem so bizarre that it borders on camp. But then you remember it is written by James Franco, and it suddenly seems kind of grounded. And honestly, it that plot doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will.
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Fiona McFarlane
Fiona McFarlane
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The debut novel from native Aussie McFarlane, The Night Guest is the story of widow Ruth, an elderly woman whose quiet life is disrupted when a woman named Friday suddenly arrives claiming to be a personal helper sent from the government. Readers beware - this is one tense psychological thriller. If you are still having withdrawals from having finished Gone Girl, check out The Night Guest and get ready to be on the edge of your seat for 256 pages.
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Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
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Gilbert is kind of like the Gwyneth Paltrow of the literary world. Her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love (otherwise known as Rich White Girls Have Problems, Too), was basically one long acid trip where Gilbert ate pasta, had sex with her Brazilian lover, and “found herself” along the way. But love her or hate her, Gilbert is an undeniably fantastic writer. In her new novel, Gilbert spins a tale about female sexual longing, the consolation of nature, class war, and more all revolving around a family in 19th century Philadelphia. It’s a lovely novel, with rich characters and writing so effortlessly beautiful it should wipe away any lingering stench you may have from Eat, Pray, Love.
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Dave Eggars
Dave Eggars
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There are only three things that are sure in life: death, taxes, and fantastic books by Dave Eggers. In his newest novel The Circle, Eggers tells the story of Mae Holland, a young college graduate who is hired by a large internet company known as The Circle. While it appears to be a pristine company that is operating for the needs of society, Mae slowly figures out the company may not be what it seems.
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Graydon Carter
Graydon Carter
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Nothing screams “I’m an average-minded American who wants to appear sophisticated” then Vanity Fair (which is why I’ve been subscribed since 2008). And now, you can have a permanent fixture to your coffee table with their new photography book. Taking a decade-by-decade look at the world as seen by the magazine, Vanity Fair 100 Years is a photographic history ranging from its inception in 1913 through the Jazz Age and Depression, and then to its reincarnation during the Reagan years to present day.

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