We recently had the chance to chat with Chelsea Handler at the Belvedere Pink Grapefruit launch party who says, "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang is my favorite book, it has the funniest stories." When we asked how it was possible that she had any stories left--c'mon, how do you top having a romance with a cruise ship acrobat and vacationing with your dad?--Chelsea said, "I've been pacing myself, but I won't be writing another book for a few more years." Pour yourself a tall Belvedere and soda and savor Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.
Handbag designer Lauren Merkin gets credit for the next select. She turned us on to The Help, a moving novel about hired help in 1960 Jackson, Mississippi. While that may sound too serious for your lounge chair, it's a beautiful, easy read. Read it before Steven Spielberg makes the movie.
Speaking of books being made into movies, if you haven't read Eat, Pray, Love, pick up a copy before Elizabeth Gilbert morphs into Julia Roberts this August.
Can't wait til June 13 when the third season of True Blood premiers? Neither can we! Get your Sookie, Bill and Eric fix with Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), the just-released next chapter in the Sookie series.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is the last in the trilogy that began with The Girl with a Dragon Tatoo. Since the second (The Girl Who Played with Fire) was better than the first (and didn't take nearly as long to get juicy), we're hoping the trend continues as we follow Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist on another crazy ride.
Finally, for some good, old-fashioned chick lit, try Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter. If it's anything like her previous books, you'll be laughing through tears!
See our Summer Beach Reading picks 2009 and Summer Beach Reading Picks 2008.