Rachel King | 2019-06-07 21:30
Summer reading lists shouldn’t be just for schoolkids. It’s the best time of year to relax at the park or on the beach with a fresh new book. Here is a selection of some of the most exciting releases in business and journalism books this summer.
The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel by Julie Satow
Available: June 4
The most famous hotel in the City That Never Sleeps is perhaps New York’s answer to Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, which received the dishy memoir treatment this spring. New York Times contributor and award-winning journalist Julie Satow’s new history of the Plaza hotel comes packed with a host of juicy stories that don’t run out until the back cover of the book. Some of the going-ons and drama at the French Renaissance château-style building on Central Park South involve real-life characters like Harry Black, a womanizer who attempted to drown himself in his bathtub at the hotel after the 1929 Wall Street crash; hotelier Conrad Hilton; and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Then, of course, there’s Donald Trump, seemingly inescapable from any story these days—although his association with the Plaza used to be one of his most famous assets. The now President bought the hotel for a record price at the peak of the 1980s, putting first wife Ivana in charge, only to bankrupt the hotel two years later. Most recently, a disgraced Indian tycoon, who never slept at the hotel, bought the Plaza—only to run it on a shoestring budget from his prison cell in Delhi. Facing foreclosure, he sold it in June 2018 to the Gulf state of Qatar. Fun times, indeed.
Siege: Trump Under Fire by Michael Wolff
Available: June 4
Here we go again. Those four words could be used to sum up the feeling any time Trump goes on a tweetstorm. It can also be said regarding the next book from Michael Wolff about the Trump White House. This sequel to the explosive Fire and Fury will cover the second year of the Trump administration, leading right up to the delivery of the Mueller Report. Trump’s tweets about what he said was false in the first book only fueled the fire, propelling the title to record sales and first-print publishing numbers. We can only imagine what Siege: Trump Under Fire will reveal, so grab your popcorn now.
Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption by Ed Levine
Available: June 11
Before the deluge of Instagram accounts and Netflix docuseries professing to have found the best street food on the most tucked-away corner in a country thousands of miles from your home, there were a handful of what we now know to be trailblazing blogs and websites reporting about good food with meaningful backstories. Among these pioneering sites was Serious Eats. Launched in 2005 and now a fully fledged digital media hub for all things food, domestic, or travel-inspired, Serious Eats is a major outlet in the culinary world—all started by founder Ed Levine. The James Beard Award winner recounts what inspired him to start the site, much of which sounds almost laughably simple then or now, like wanting to eat the world’s best bagel or sample everything on In-N-Out’s secret menu, and then write about it. The ideas seem quaint now because everyone has tried to copy the approach since, and it was quaint then because no one had done it yet. Perhaps Levine’s work and influence on food writing was something we didn’t know we needed—but we’re surely thankful for his contributions and influence now. With a narrative almost as mouthwatering as the delectable photos on the Serious Eats website, a word to the wise: Read while and/or after eating.
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth
Available: June 11
Elaine Welteroth gained nationwide recognition when she became editor of Teen Vogue—at the time the youngest ever and only the second African American to hold that position at Condé Nast—and now as a host on Bravo’s cornerstone franchise Project Runway. But Welteroth has been hustling in the best sense of the word since she was a young girl in California, which she recaps in her new memoir, appropriately and inspiringly titled More Than Enough. The book dives deep on several levels as to what that means by gender, age, and ethnicity, as summed up by her publisher Viking Books: “As a professional: not old enough, not ‘fashion’ enough. As a young girl: not pretty enough, not smart enough. As an interracial person: not black enough, not white enough.” Welteroth’s impressive résumé and the level of journalism she infused at Teen Vogue are more than enough to distinguish her as a media trailblazer, but endorsements for her book from the likes of Malala Yousafzai, Lena Waithe, and Reese Witherspoon underscore her status as a feminist icon and champion for her generation.
The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip by Jeff Guinn
Available: July 9
Summer is the season of road trips. Whether they involve John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, or even Arya and the Hound, there’s something about these journeys that readers can’t get enough of. Now imagine a road trip taken by Henry Ford[f500link] and Thomas Edison. No, really. As illuminated by bestselling author Jeff Guinn, the two icons of American enterprise, along with tire tycoon Harvey Firestone, dubbed themselves “The Vagabonds” and joined one another for annual summer trips around the country between 1914 and 1925. Outfitted in a caravan of Ford automobiles with an entourage of chefs, butlers, and other handlers, the Vagabonds were followed by a gaggle of journalists—perhaps the early 20th-century version of the paparazzi—at landmarks, campgrounds, motels, diners, and even gas stations. But their trips had a side effect: They were essentially advertising not only Ford cars but also a new national lifestyle involving summer vacations and life on the road. Maybe the idea of social “influencers” isn’t so new after all.
The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light by Jean Edward Smith
Available: July 23
2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy (a.k.a. D-Day) on June 6, 1944. But that also means it’s the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi-occupied Paris in August 1944. Historian and bestselling author Jean Edward Smith tracks the race for Paris and the campaign to save it from destruction through the prism of three main characters: Free French government leader Charles de Gaulle, American commander Dwight Eisenhower, and German commandant Dietrich von Choltitz. Although we know how the story turned out, the path to victory was a tumultuous one—and plenty of the decisions these men made are still questioned today. As illuminated in the book, the Allies were going to bypass Paris and sweep across Northern France, as the French capital had no strategic value from a military standpoint. And yet the decision to turn south, even slightly, might have come at a higher cost than previously realized.
Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show by Richard Zoglin
Available: July 23
Before Britney. Before J. Lo. Before Celine. Before all of the Las Vegas residencies you know now, there was only one true king. As detailed in TIME theater critic Richard Zoglin’s new biography Elvis in Vegas, Elvis Presley launched his Vegas act in 1969 at what was deemed “the biggest showroom in the biggest hotel in the city,” drawing more people for his four-week engagement than any other show in Sin City’s history. And yet many critics point to this as the beginning of the drug-fueled downward spiral to his 1977 death. Zoglin plays devil’s advocate, suggesting it actually resurrected his career with a comeback as a more exciting performer with better reviews and his first Billboard No. 1 hit in seven years. Presley would go on to perform more than 600 sold-out shows. And regardless of whether or not this was a pivot point for the King of Rock and Roll, Vegas changed its image too, welcoming a mass audience from Middle America that the city’s tourism industry still depends upon to this day.
《广场饭店：美国最著名酒店的隐秘生活》（The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel）
《围攻：烈火烹油特朗普》（Siege: Trump Under Fire）
《严肃的食客：美食爱好者寻找匹萨和救赎的冒险旅程》（Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption）
《远远不够：为自己争取空间（不必理会别人怎么说）》（More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)）
伊莲·维特罗斯担任《青少年时尚》杂志编辑时便已经闻名全国，当时她是有史以来最年轻，也是第二位在出版集团康泰纳仕担任该职位的非洲裔美国人，如今在Bravo电视台最重要的节目《天桥骄子》担纲主持人。维特罗斯还是个加州小女孩时就一直很优秀，她在新出回忆录中也回顾了成长经历，回忆录书名《远远不够》就是很准确的概括，也很励志。该书从几个层面深入探讨了性别、年龄和种族的含义，正如她的出版商Viking Books总结道：“作为专业人士：不够老，不够‘时尚’。小时候：不够漂亮，不够聪明。作为混血：不够黑，也不够白。” 维特罗斯亮眼的简历和为《青少年时尚》注入的新闻专业性推动她成为媒体开拓者，不过该书也获得诺贝尔和平奖得主马拉拉·优素福·扎伊、编剧莉娜·韦瑟和明星瑞茜·威瑟斯彭等人认可，突出了她作为女权主义代表的地位。
《流浪汉：亨利·福特和托马斯·爱迪生10年公路旅行的故事》（The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip）
《解放巴黎：艾森豪威尔、戴高乐和冯·肖尔铁茨如何联手拯救“光之城”》（The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light）
作者：让·爱德华·史密斯（Jean Edward Smith）
《埃尔维斯在拉斯维加斯：猫王如何改造拉斯维加斯表演秀》（Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show）