We’re thrilled to have Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza with us today as they share their summer reading lists. Lucy and Jo and the co-authors of the nationally bestselling novel, THE KNOCKOFF, now available in paperback. Let us know what you’ll be reading this summer in the comments below!
Lucy Sykes’s Summer Reading picks
Sh*tty Mom For All Seasons by Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner
You’ll laugh out loud at this wildly funny take on how most of us parent—imperfectly. This one is a mom’s summer must.
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
Finally a book that gives us permission to stop spending time with the people we don’t like spending time with or doing all of those things we don’t want to do. Sarah Knight gives us a cool and hilarious way of not giving an F, without a shred of arrogance. She’s become my new Oprah.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
This heart-breaking and emotional love story between a mother and a daughter will have you reaching for the phone to ring your own mum.
Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry
This sharp and cunning take on what it takes to be a woman working on Wall Street will have you longing for the days when Dolly Parton was singing 9-5. Those girls had it much easier than Sherry’s protagonist who, even in this day and age, is still slaving away to compete in a man’s world.
Summer Secrets by Jane Green
This might be Jane Green’s most emotional work yet. Former party girl Cat returns to Nantucket to make up for lost time with her daughter and confront a past that refuses to stop haunting her.
The Dinner Party by Brenda Janowitz
Set at the Passover Seder to end all Passover Seder’s Janowitz manages to turn dysfunctional family dynamics into the kind of book you never want to end. Despite their quirks and their flaws you’ll fall in love with and root for every character in this must-read novel.
Jo Piazza’s Summer Reading picks:
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld – I got my hands on an early copy of the Prep author’s modern take on Pride and Prejudice where Liz Bennet writes at a lady magazine, Jane teaches yoga and Darcy is naturally a Midwestern neurosurgeon. I just can’t stop thinking about whether or not Colin Firth is too old to play Mark Darcy when they make this into a movie. Because I need him to. Badly.
All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister – I was feeling a little ashamed I didn’t start this sooner, but I’d been waiting for a good bit of down time to really dig into Traister’s brilliant book on the unmarried women who made and make the world go round and the evolution of the independent woman through American history. It’s even better with a little Beyonce on in the background.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – Everyone is talking about this delicious debut about a dysfunctional family quarreling over family money. I devoured it on a single flight from San Francisco to New Delhi. Sweeney paints a delicious portrait of all of the things that go wrong with families through characters that you’ll love and hate in equal parts throughout the book.
Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen – How does one dress change the lives of nine women? You’ll want to find out in this highly anticipated fiction debut by Jane Rosen as she chronicles the movements of a single little black dress and how it changes the lives of everyone it touches.
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri – I will read any words written by Jhumpa Lahiri, the incredible fiction writer behind Interpreter of Maladies. In this memoir this master of the English language takes the reader through her journey to truly immerse herself in Italian, a language which causes her to stumble and question how we create our own identities with words. I recommend it with a fine chianti and a gelato.
An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.
When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.
Lucy Sykes has worked in the fashion world as a stylist, fashion editor, and fashion director. For six years Lucy was the fashion director at Marie Claire magazine, and was most recently fashion director for Rent the Runway. Her own children’s clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York, was sold in more than a hundred department stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom. Together with her twin sister Plum, Lucy moved from London to New York City in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and two children.
Jo Piazza is the managing editor of Yahoo Travel and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Gotham, the Daily Beast, and Slate. She is the author of Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money and a novel, Love Rehab: A Novel in 12 Steps and If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission. She lives in New York City with her giant dog.