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Happy July and happy 40th birthday to me! I celebrated with a small dinner party and a very large cake, and it was truly perfect. For the first time, all of my three children are away at sleepaway camp. I had expected something of a Girls Gone Wild summer, but ultimately it’s more Author Gone Tired. I’m busy working on my next book, MOST LIKELY, and promoting LAST SUMMER AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL, which is in its 4th printing after less than two months. 

I hope you are all enjoying restful and fun summers so far. Hopefully I can make your season even better with the recommendations below.


What to Watch

Sex/Life on Netflix. Very steamy, love triangle, star has an “elephant trunk” if you catch my drift.

Gossip Girl reboot on HBO. I refuse to outgrow this show and am fully in for the reboot. Especially excited that it features Megan Ferguson, who I know from college and she is totally lovely.

What to Read

My beach bag overfloweth. Here are my top picks: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau; The Secret Stealers by Jane Healey ($1.99 on Kindle now!); Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin; No One Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb; Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams; One Two Three by Laurie Frankel; and Yoga Pant Nation by Laurie Gelman.

Where to Eat

If you find yourself in Jersey, be sure to check out The Borscht Belt Delicatessen in Stockton. Celeb chef Nick Liberato’s love letter to the Jewish Catskills just opened. Order a “Grossingers” or a “Kutsher’s” and imagine you’re at the Golden Hotel. I’ll be doing a live event there on Friday, July 30 @ 5 pm!

Where to Find Me in July

Monday, July 11th @ 7pm – Book chat with Vitality Society (Getting interviewed by my mom!)

Register here:

Tuesday, July 12th @ 7pm – Historical Happy Hour with Jane Healey

Register here:
Thursday, July 14th @6 pm – Bronxville Field Club (IRL)

Tuesday, July 27th @12 pm – Sephardic Community Center, Deal NJ (IRL)

Wednesday, July 28th @1 pm PST – JCC of Irvine, CA Book Club

Friday, July 30th @5 pm – The Borscht Belt Deli, Stockton NJ (IRL)

Purchase Last Summer at the Golden Hotel at any of these retailers:
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