St. Barths, Palm Beach, Capri — all destinations visited and written about by this powerhouse writer. With her latest Hamptons guide, she opens up about the locale and dishes more travel (and literary) recommendations, too.
One thing I can get in the Hamptons that I can’t get elsewhere…
Complete and utter privacy in the comforting embrace of nature.
Must-visit destinations there…
Georgica Pond, Mecox Bay, Montauk Lighthouse
, Main Beach (early morning or late afternoon), Sammy’s Beach at sunset. For art and culture: Guild Hall
in East Hampton and the new Parrish Museum
And must-visit restaurants…
I tend to cook at home, but when we do go out it’s to simple places like Fresno
’s, East Hampton Point
and Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor. Every once in while we’ll go to Gosman’s Dock
and to Sunset Beach
on Shelter Island for the setting. The food is almost always beside the point.
Favorite place in the world to get away from it all…
Aside from East Hampton, it would have to be one of my three favorite islands — Capri
, St. Barths
or Palm Beach
— all of which I’ve written books on for Assouline
. Like the Hamptons
, they offer both natural beauty and unapologetic glamour.
When packing, I never forget to bring…
My laptop (a MacAir), my iPod, my BlackBerry (I’m a loyalist), my husband and Bunny, our cat.
Book I'm reading on my travels now...
It would be You Might As Well Live
(a biography of Dorothy Parker) and, as a companion, The Portable Dorothy Parker
Best beach reads…
I never read junk and may be the only woman alive who has not read Fifty Shades of Grey
. Give me a Penguin Paperback Classic
any day or any of several volumes of New York
magazine's book of crossword puzzles and two or three pens and pencils with erasers. I also don’t have a Kindle, although my husband has an iPad but rarely reads on it.
My favorite authors…
F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, Ian McEwan
, William Trevor, Edith Wharton, Henry James and, recently, Dawn Powell.
Most treasured books on the bookshelf…
by Peter Matthiessen and first editions of In Cold Blood
and The Fountainhead
(not Atlas Shrugged
I keep books…
Everywhere — on the coffee table, on side tables, on round tables. We are bibliophiles, big time. A home without books is a house without a soul.
One book every person — but particularly women — should read…
Aside from The Great Gatsby
, the classic du jour? I guess it would have to be Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
(skip the movie) or The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James.