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7 Perfect Summer Picks from a Fabulous Manhattanite

Kelly Killoren Bensimon is a model, jewelry designer, former editor of Elle Accessories, and the author of In the Spirit of the Hamptons I & IIAmerican StyleThe Bikini Book, and I Can Make You Hot. An avid equestrian, Killoren lives in New York City with her two teenage daughters. A Dangerous Age is her first novel.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon—model, former editor of Elle Accessories, and real housewife of New York City—has just published her first novel, a delicious comedy of manners called A Dangerous Age. We asked her to pull a few of her favorite books off the shelf to share with us—and we were impressed by the variety of her recommendations. You’ll want to grab your hat, your sunglasses, and something cool to drink to settle in with these perfect summer reads.


All the Single Ladies
by Dorothea Benton Frank

This charming, soul-touching novel takes us deep into the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where three middle-aged women are bonded by a friend’s death. Poignant and witty, this emotionally resonant novel illuminates the sustaining power of friendship.

All the Single Ladies
Dorothea Benton Frank

This charming, soul-touching novel takes us deep into the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where three middle-aged women are bonded by a friend’s death. Poignant and witty, this emotionally resonant novel illuminates the sustaining power of friendship.

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Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen

Marianne wears her heart on her sleeve—though her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip. Meanwhile, her sister, Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal a romantic disappointment. Jane Austen’s classic remains a delight and cautions that one must mix sense with sensibility if we are to find personal happiness.

Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen

Marianne wears her heart on her sleeve—though her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip. Meanwhile, her sister, Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal a romantic disappointment. Jane Austen’s classic remains a delight and cautions that one must mix sense with sensibility if we are to find personal happiness.

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Everybody Was So Young
by Amanda Vaill

A brilliant portrait of a marriage and an era. Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were handsome, wealthy expatriates at the very center of the glamorous Paris literary scene in the 1920s. Their story is by turns both glittering and tragic. F. Scott Fitzgerald even modeled his iconic couple in TENDER IS THE NIGHT after them.

Everybody Was So Young
Amanda Vaill

A brilliant portrait of a marriage and an era. Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were handsome, wealthy expatriates at the very center of the glamorous Paris literary scene in the 1920s. Their story is by turns both glittering and tragic. F. Scott Fitzgerald even modeled his iconic couple in TENDER IS THE NIGHT after them.

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Girl, Interrupted
by Susanna Kaysen

In 1967, Susanna Kaysen spent almost two years in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles—as for its progressive methods. With vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers, Kaysen's searing memoir gives us an up-close view of mental illness and the road to recovery.

Girl, Interrupted
Susanna Kaysen

In 1967, Susanna Kaysen spent almost two years in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles—as for its progressive methods. With vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers, Kaysen's searing memoir gives us an up-close view of mental illness and the road to recovery.

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The Garden of Eden
by Ernest Hemingway

This sensational bestseller is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway. Set on the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s, it’s the story of a young American writer, his glamorous wife, and the dangerous, erotic game they play when they fall in love with the same woman.

The Garden of Eden
Ernest Hemingway

This sensational bestseller is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway. Set on the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s, it’s the story of a young American writer, his glamorous wife, and the dangerous, erotic game they play when they fall in love with the same woman.

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Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

For fans of “The Affair”

There are two sides to every story—and the psychological drama “The Affair” explores that quite creatively. FATES AND FURIES is perfect for fans of dramatic romances told from alternating perspectives. At the core of this expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents a dazzling examination of a marriage over the course of 24 years.

Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff

For fans of “The Affair”

There are two sides to every story—and the psychological drama “The Affair” explores that quite creatively. FATES AND FURIES is perfect for fans of dramatic romances told from alternating perspectives. At the core of this expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents a dazzling examination of a marriage over the course of 24 years.

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Psychos
by Babe Walker

Babe Walker returns home to Bel Air after a stint in rehab for a shopping addiction. Determined to maintain her hard-won inner peace, Babe now faces a host of outside forces seemingly intent on derailing her path to positive change. This follow-up to the New York Times bestseller WHITE GIRL PROBLEMS is an unapologetic and uproarious read.

Psychos
Babe Walker

Babe Walker returns home to Bel Air after a stint in rehab for a shopping addiction. Determined to maintain her hard-won inner peace, Babe now faces a host of outside forces seemingly intent on derailing her path to positive change. This follow-up to the New York Times bestseller WHITE GIRL PROBLEMS is an unapologetic and uproarious read.

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