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Essential Summer Reads with Sam Yanks!

At last, Memorial Day is on the horizon, right alongside plenty of lazy days under the sun. While staring blankly at the horizon is tempting, tossing a book into the mix never hurt – and you’ll have something to talk about over the bonfire later. We sat down with Samantha Yanks, Editor-in-chief of Hamptons Magazines, Editor-at-large for Gotham and Executive Fashion Director for Niche Media whose titles range from Ocean Drive to LA Confidential, to chat about her Essential Summer Reads. So sit back, relax and crack open one of these over Memorial Day Weekend.

What are your top beach reads for this summer season?

1) Jessica’s Soffer’s “Tomorrow There Will be Apricots.” In her debut novel, two very lonely women find comfort in an Iraqu-Jewish cooking class. She’s a New Yorker and her father is the late sculptor Sassoon Soffer, which made it interesting for me on a local level when I decided to photograph her for Hamptons Magazine.

2) Kelly Kiloren Bensimon’s re-release of “In The Spirit of the Hamptons” will be on my coffee table. I, along with everyone else, flip through it as it photographically captures the soul of the East End.

3) “The Burgess Boys” by Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Elizabeth Strout. She was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Literacy Partners Gala and when she read an excerpt from this book I found it so powerful. I knew immediately it would be the first book I’d read this summer.

Where’s the best spot to enjoy these reads?

On the sand at Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton or poolside at our house in Water Mill.

What do you think is the best drink to have at hand while reading?

A glass of rosé from Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack. It’s the drink of summer in the Hamptons.

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