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Novel Ideas by Haley Friedlich

A variety of stories, biographies and even cocktail recipes that should be packed in every summer beach bag Sweet Nothings By Janis Thomas Penguin Group When 44-year-old Ruby McMillan’s husband leaves her for another woman, she feels at a loss for far more than the end of their 18-year marriage. Walter’s exit is anything but gentle—he leaves without a word to their children and without concern for their unpaid mortgage or how Ruby will make ends meet with nothing but her unprosperous bakery. It’s a story of putting the pieces back together and finding out that sometimes having to start over is a blessing in disguise.

Call Me Zelda By Erika Robuck NAL Trade Paperback

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The author of Hemingway’s Girl strikes again, with her vast historical knowledge and imaginative creativity. On the heels of Gatsby fever, Call Me Zelda is the thoroughly imagined story of the intense love and turmoil that ran between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The story begins with their Jazz Age champagne-blurred, lifestyle but really explores the struggle that (both the historical and fictional) Zelda had with bipolar disorder, by detailing her relationship with her nurse in a Baltimore mental hospital.

It might be set in Cape Cod rather than the Hamptons, but the story will still strike a chord with anyone whose family has grown up at the beach. The tale begins in the summer of 1966: Summer starts and wealthy New England families descend upon the small town of Harrisport to settle into their sprawling beach cottages for the season. When a rich Southern boy breaks the heart of a local girl, a web of rivalry, love and loss begins to grow between the two families— and only comes to a head a generation later.

By Erika Marks NAL Accent

Craft Cocktails By Brian Van Flandern Assouline What’s a little soaking in the sun without a tableside cocktail? Master the Gin Fizz, Singapore Sling or classic Margarita with this literal and visual (liquid) feast. Emphasizing the art of making the perfect aperitif, Craft Cocktails focuses on the elegance and simplicity of the ideal drink, providing recipes that call for few ingredients. This book will teach you everything from pouring techniques to decorating with elegant fruit garnishes. The resplendent cocktail photos are enough to make you want to take a sip directly out of the page and this worthwhile education will certainly make its way into whatever summer parties you have planned. 106 | AVENUE ON THE BEACH • AUGUST 2013

AVENUE on the Beach August, 2013  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

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