"On the Beach" with Gigi Levangie Grazer

Posted by Goodreads on July 6, 2009
After three books set in balmy Los Angeles, screenwriter, novelist, and Hollywood insider Gigi Levangie Grazer heads east in her new book, Queen Takes King, to reveal what happens when a Manhattan power couple's divorce turns deliciously nasty. Here is Levangie Grazer's not-so-guilty-pleasure reading list.

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
"Whimsical, spare, poetic writing, and a fascinating female character in Holly Golightly. I took this on vacation as a teenager, long before I saw the movie version. I didn't leave my hotel room until I finished this novella."

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
"When it comes to satire set in New York, this is the granddaddy of them all—plus, the story is carried by an extraordinarily exuberant sense of language."

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
"Helen made it safe for funny women to tell their stories. I remember being on vacation in Maui, and literally every woman on the beach was reading this."

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
"This slim novel may not sound like the perfect summer read—but I love it. This haunting love story between a man and a woman, and a woman and God, is utterly efficient yet beautifully told. Every word is chosen with care."

The BFG by Roald Dahl
"I adore anything I've ever read by Roald Dahl. His imagination is unsurpassed—whether it's his characters or his fanciful use of language. And the illustrations by Quentin Blake are matchless. I'll be reading this to my boys this summer."

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