In ’50s Manhattan,’80s New York, or modern-day England, learning the ways of the world can be a tricky, fascinating business.
Tell us what you think of our coming-of-age novel picks – and let us know what you’re reading.
Moira Bailey, News Administration Director
Her Pick: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
I came to Breakfast at Tiffany s – the novella, not the iconic movie starring Audrey Hepburn – by way of a Capote collection I picked up from the library. I ve never read Tiffany’s, though I’ve associated it for years with Hepburn, who dressed in timeless chic for her 1961 role as Holly Golightly. That image is ageless – Hepburn’s Holly could walk down Fifth Avenue in her black dress today and reclaim her proper place outside the fabled jeweler s window. I m looking forward to a proper introduction to Holly s literary incarnation: a quirky, complicated woman who, in our collective imagination, has never left her East Side apartment.
Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor
Her Pick: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
At the height of the AIDS epidemic, 14-year-old June Elbus loses her beloved Uncle Finn just as her relationship with her older sister Greta starts to unravel. This is a sensitive and sweet (and equal parts funny and sad) coming-of-age story about how little we know the people closest to us – and how tough and rewarding it can be to really dig deep.
Brittany Doherty, Sales Planner
Her Pick: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
It’s about a 26-year-old girl hired to care for a rich, sexy man who had an accident that left him a quadriplegic. She learns that he has scheduled his own suicide – she was hired to cheer him up and give him something to live for. But he actually ends up giving HER life a purpose. I can’t put it down – it’s definitely inspiring me to start LIVING in 2014!
Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week’s self-improvement for the new yearand more great book finds here.