Carolyn Murnick is an editor at New York magazine and the author of the much-buzzed-about new book The Hot One, which comes out this week. It’s the story of Carolyn’s journey to find out the truth behind her childhood best friend Ashley’s brutal unsolved murder (it’s part memoir, part true crime mystery.) Carolyn now lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their collection of over one thousand books sorted by color. When she was a kid, her dream was to be Annie on Broadway. Catch her on her book tour this month.
Some things Carolyn loves:
"Vintage Surfari Wagons. Two winters ago, my boyfriend and I rented a 1979 Volkswagen camper van from this fantastic outfit outside of LA. Bill, the owner, maintains a fleet of painstakingly preserved buses, decked out with everything you need for cooking and sleeping and living out your hippie fantasies. We cruised through Palm Springs and spent New Year’s Eve camping in Joshua Tree — #vanlife is magical. I also love The DeBruce. We were lucky enough to visit this brand new Catskills inn on one of its opening weekends this past spring, and we can’t wait to return. The food is absolutely outstanding, the 600-acre grounds boast private hiking trails and a stretch of river you can visit with the inn’s own fly fishing instructor, and the vibe is A+ lodge chic."
"Love and Trouble. This book has a life force of its own. Claire Dederer’s second memoir (after the bestselling Poser) is a meditation on aging, growing up female in a patriarchal world, and long term-relationship sex: basically everything I’m interested in right now all rolled up into one biting, funny, experimental package. Just read it."
"Walking and Talking. I watched a lot of female friendship movies while I was working on my book, and this 1996 Nicole Holofcener gem is one of the best. Come for the normcore 90s fashion and baby-faced Liev Schreiber; stay for pitch-perfect observations on the seismic shifts that can happen between women when one of them gets engaged."
"Entube Harissa. Cooking has always been like meditation for me, and some of my favorite recipes are Middle Eastern and Moroccan-inspired, so a good harissa paste is a must. This one comes in a convenient tube and it’s got quite a kick! I use it for marinades, sauces, and sometimes even just straight on bread."
Follow Carolyn:
Twitter: @carolynmurnick // Instagram: @cmurnick
...and see more of her recs on the UNDRRATED site (launching soon)! 
I will never get enough of hearing about people's underrated beauty products. The other day Elizabeth Bacharach, an assistant at Women's Health, was telling me about her full-on love affair with this face mask, so I asked her to share about it here. What do you swear by and why?  —Marina
“I'm obsessed with the clarifying clay mask from Malin + Goetz. After getting my first tube as a sample at Barneys, I fell in love, started buying it myself, and have been using it once a week for the past year. It's perfect for someone like myself who has combination skin, as it absorbs excess oil and has pumice for exfoliating clogged pores. But the best part? You only have to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, which is absolute magic for someone who, also like me, has the attention span of a puppy.”

Carolyn Murnick photographed by Celeste Sloman.

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