If you like a little dark reading, then do I ever have the book for you. Matt Marinovich’s “The Winter Girl” draws quick comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s blockbuster “Gone Girl,” but set in the Hamptons. Sinister and scandalous, I found this book to be a fast read, and one that definitely took me to a specific place. Brooklyn-based Marinovich clearly captures the mood of the East End during what can be a desolate time of the year. Locals will enjoy reading about the landscape, almost but not quite as it really is. Those who don’t live here might be surprised to read how our off-season rolls but will most likely still thrill in the telling of this wicked story about damaged people.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter, then pick up Donna Karan’s “My Journey.” This book, a memoir, packs a punch but it’s ultimately an uplifting experience. Named one of the best books of the year 2015 by Harper’s Bazaar, it’s a must-read for fashion-minded folk and those who troll Sag Harbor hotspots Yoga Shanti and Urban Zen in hopes of catching a glimpse of the famous designer.
Contemporary art lovers looking for the next hot young thing should pick up “Point Suite.” The book is chock-full of talented emerging artists–including my friends Nicholas Papadakis (who co-authored the book with Annika Connor), Jennifer Tull Westberg and Carolina Zorrilla de San Martin. This one has a very special place in my library.