Bougie Contributors’ Summer Must Reads

Summer is almost here! That means lazy Saturdays by the pool with a cold glass-a-somethin’ and a great book. Here’s our summer must reads. What are you planning to read this summer?



Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Since reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants, I’ve become a freak for celebrity memoirs. From theatre kid in Dayton Ohio to mega heartthrob of the eighties, Rob’s done it all and tells his story with humor and sincerity. Plus, he’s adorable and this book has pictures. You’re welcome.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris

I first heard of David Sedaris when listening to the podcast This American Life. Sedaris is an incredibly skilled storyteller who weaves together wit, humor and heartfelt images into a truly unique literary experience. I recommend all of his books but am looking forward to jumping into this one soon!



And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

You know how there are some books and authors you get so excited about that you tell people about them because they’re just that good?  Hosseini is one of those authors and his works are those books.

And The Mountains Echoed comes out Tuesday!  I will be MIA next weekend.



My summer must read is a book I haven’t read yet, but I really, really want to. It’s Debbie Reynolds’ memoir Unsinkable. She’s one of my favorite actresses (and one of the few still living from my favorite era of film). I saw her in concert once, and she was hilarious, even when she was talking about some of the most heartbreaking moments of her life.



Einstein’s Dreams

Under the Tuscan Sun

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

The Alchemist



Manners by Kate Spade

I’ve had Manners in my bookcase for a few months now and I’m eager to sit back and spend an afternoon reading it! Kate Spade fills the pages of her book with great etiquette advice. Manners tackles important formalities that are essential to know when developing into a chic young woman. From table manners to dressing disasters, Kate Spade covers it all. I’m looking forward to reading this book and learning the in’s and out’s of being a true lady.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


The Law of Love by Laura EsquivelMargaret Sayers Peden (Translator)

When French Women Cook: A Gastronomic Memoir by Madeleine Kamman

Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass by Karen BlixenIsak Dinesen