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The Weekly Covet: Weekend Readings


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Once a week, we ask our editors to share the stories they love or covet, whether it’s a new skincare product we’re dying to try or a travel essential we can’t do without. Consider “The Weekly Covet” your editor-approved wishlist for beauty, travel, fashion and everything in between.


In paradise: a novel

“I was obsessed with Hanya Yanagihara’s latest novel, and absolutely crushed by this one, A Little Life. I’m waiting for his new book, In Paradise-an epic work that spans three centuries and imagines three equally captivating alternate versions of America. Just what I need for a cozy long weekend.” — Leena Kim, Associate Editor


Pachinko (National Book Prize finalist)

“I will be re-reading Pachinko, Min Jin Lee’s wonderful historical novel about four generations of a Korean family living in Japan, in preparation for Apple+’s new series based on the book, which will debut later this year.” — Norman Vanamee, editor of articles


Our crowd: New York’s leading Jewish families

“Last month a friend and I were gushing over the brilliant production of The Lehman Trilogy that we had seen on Broadway. She asked me if I had ever read Our crowd, Stephen Birmingham’s story of the great Jewish families of New York, and I was dismayed to learn that I hadn’t. A few days later, a copy of the book landed on my doorstep, and I can’t wait to finish the novel I’m currently browsing to delve into. This weekend looks like it’s finally going to happen.” – Adam Rathe, artistic editor


Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“From the Vantablack rage to the color you see when you turn off the lights (it’s called ‘eigengrau’ FYI) to that viral ‘white and gold or blue and black’ dress, color is a big deal for humans, and this book explores all the whys and histories of our relationship with nuance with humor and whimsy that keep you coming back for more. See, science is fun!” — Lauren Hubbard, Contributor


Cuba: An American History

“The obligation of the historian is, first, to the facts, and second, to the reader, to capture the imagination with the rigor of careful research, context, and perception. In “Cuba: A American history,” NYU professor Ada Ferrer unravels the long, complicated, and often tortured relationship between two regional neighbors with care, compassion, and, above all, the command of a master storyteller, bringing unknown readers intrigued by the subject and those who thought they knew all about it, like I. I was born and raised in Cuba until I was 12, and Professor Ferrer’s work led me to look at the homeland I remember under a new day and to reconsider the debt owed to me by my adoptive home.” – Erik Maza, Director of Style Features


Harvard Ghosts: A Novel

“When it comes to reading, my main requirement is that I have to get lost in the story. I refuse to ‘skip through’ books that for some reason I just can’t get into. Harvard Ghosts fulfilled the requirement and more. I honestly didn’t want to let go. Part coming of age, part mystery, and part ghost story, this book is an emotional journey from the very beginning. I mean, how can the story of a Harvard freshman investigating the alleged suicide of his late brother at the same university who starts hearing ghosts around campus not be? Cassandra Hogan, fashion assistant


Advance to Bethlehem

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“I’ve just booked a long weekend trip to Miraval Spa Berkshires and will be bringing my dog-eared copies of Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Didion and Play it as it is. There is nothing more remedial than a rereading of a favorite. Especially Didion. Especially now. “- Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief


Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

“The magnificent film by Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer Prize All the light that we can’t see is one of my favorite books in the history of history, so I’m more than excited to dive into his new novel Earth Cuckoo Cloud. It oscillates between the siege of Constantinople in the 15th century, a tragic night in a library in contemporary Idaho, and the experiences of a young girl drifting alone on a spaceship in the not too distant future, all connected through time by the power and consolation of storytelling.” – April Long, Beauty Director


The Unseen Life of Addie LaRue

“As we enter our third year in this pandemic, we could all use a little bit of escape. Mine goes through VE Schwab’s latest fantasy novel, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue.” — Caroline Hallemann, Director of Digital Information


The Honjin Murders

“The great Japanese mystery writer, Seishi Yokomizo (think Agatha Christie), has recently been translated into English for the first time since his novels were published in 1946. The combination of a good thriller and life in the Post-war Japan is addictive on cozy nights.” — Olivia Hosken, style and interiors editor


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The Big Oyster: Half-Shell History

Home Trading Random Paperbacks

“A friend recently gave me The big oyster by James Beard Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky, who examines the rise and fall of New York’s most prized commodity, the oyster. What better way to relax and unwind for a stay in my favorite city? All I’ll need is a separate reseda. And maybe a cocktail or two.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor

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