September is here, but summer isn’t over yet (technically it doesn’t end until the 22nd)! Stretch out the season by finding time to squeeze in one more book. Grab one of our top picks and head to the beach, the park, or your own backyard this Labor Day weekend.
1. Where’d You Go Bernadette? - Maria Semple
When quirky housewife Bernadette goes missing, her 15-year-old daughter Bree is left to pick up the pieces. Bree gathers emails, school newsletters, and official documents in hopes of finding her mother. This format is refreshing and light, making for a quick, witty read.
2. In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume
Judy Blume’s new adult novel tackles true life historical events, and a multi-generational family drama which begins in the 1950s. As a series of airplanes mysteriously crash into Elizabeth, New Jersey, a community is unhinged. Without an explanation for what happened, what should they prepare for next?
3. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
Set twenty years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s newly discovered novel follows 26-year-old Jean Louise Finch as she returns home to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her aging father, Atticus. While there, she makes discoveries that cause her to question the people and place she considers home.
4. Barbarian Days - A Surfing Life - William Finnegan
William Finnegan’s memoir takes readers inside the intense, often obsessive world of surfing. From his childhood in California and Hawaii through his years as a war reporter, Finnegan was always chasing waves. Barbarian Days is full of adventure, male friendship, and surfing culture.
5. The Rocks - Peter Nichols
The Mediterranean Sea makes an irresistible backdrop for this mystery and love story. What happened in 1948 to drive a honeymooning couple apart? As the truth slowly unravels, readers are transported to a coastal resort community that has been feeling the effects of a secret past for decades.
6. Happier at Home - Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin’s follow up to The Happiness Project focuses on the home, offering up tangible solutions for getting more satisfaction from it. Starting at the beginning of the school year in September, Rubin vows to make her home a happier place through a series of experiments that tackle topics including material objects, marriage, and parenting.
It's time to make a getaway, and there's no reason camping can't combine the best of roughing it and taking it easy. Think of it as summer entertaining—for yourself and your family—with nature's most beautiful backdrops.
We've gathered together some of our favorite modern conveniences that pair practicality with panache, and won't break the bank while bringing a little ease to your quiet time away. What's more, they'll free up your time to focus on packing those delicious treats and drinks. Now go ahead. Get ready for a breath of fresh air.
1. Stanley Mountain Vaccum Food System $50
2. Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Stove $110
3. REI Lumen Sleeping Bag $159
4. Topo Design Klettersack 15L $159
5. Forest Lantern by Bare Bones Living $80
6. Marmot Limelight 2-Person Tent $219
7. AHeirloom Walnut Serving Tray (Spruce up your camp kitchen!) $65
There's no better way to entertain with cocktails than with punch. Whip up this beautiful summertime libation to share with friends and bring a splash of color—and beguiling flavor—to the table at your next gathering.
courtesy of Amanda Whitt, bartender at Amor y Amargo and The Up & Up, New York, New York
Build this drink in a large pitcher and serve it as-is, or in a beautiful punch bowl.
• Cut one-quarter of a seedless watermelon into cubes and muddle in pitcher until juice is present
• Add 2 oz Black Tea Simple Syrup*
• Add 3-4 oz of lime juice, depending on the sweetness of the watermelon, and personal preference
• Add 6 ounces of El Dorado 3, or any good white rum of your choosing
• Add 20 dashes Angostura Bitters
• Fill pitcher the rest of the way with ice, stir to chill and dilute
Serve in punch cups, ideally on a patio or at the beach and don't
forget to check out our NEW larger sized muddler (here)
* Black Tea Simple Syrup
This is easy to make ahead of time, and will keep in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks. Use the extra over sliced peaches or strawberries.
• Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, remove from heat
• Add two bags or black tea, or if using loose-leaf, double what you would use to brew a small cup
• Let steep for two minutes, add 1 cup sugar, stir until dissolved
• Remove tea bags and let syrup cool