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Here’s our list of the best things to do, watch, read, and try in July. (It goes without saying that you should carve out some time to read the Birchbox Blog!)
This month, we’re partnering with USA’s hit series SUITS to bring you product picks from their experts and plenty of exclusive content. Tune in with us on July 16 for the stylish show’s Season 3 premiere and follow @birchbox and @birchboxman for live commentary on the premiere. Will Harvey get his name on Pearson’s door? Will Mike and Rachel...or won’t they? We can’t hardly wait.
Two words: beach reads. Right now, we’ve got a thing for scandalous stories set in patrician New England. A Hundred Summers, just out from Beatriz Williams, tells the tale of a love triangle that swirls among socialites in a tony Rhode Island seaside community as the destructive hurricane of 1938 approaches. And one of our all-time faves is Anne Rivers Siddons’ juicy _http://amzn.to/10GPilm—it may be 20 years old, but the story of Southern transplant Maude Chambliss, who marries into a lock-jawed family with an expansive summer retreat on Maine’s rocky coast, is timeless.
Photo: Putnam Adult
Fireworks notwithstanding, our favorite part of Fourth of July is definitely the food. And while you can’t go wrong with hot dogs and brownies, this year we’re giving our BBQ a South American flavor with a classic parrilladainspired by the gauchos of the pampas (who bear a certain resemblance to the cowboys of the Old West). For dessert, we’re back stateside with this key lime pie courtesy of Tasting Table.
We can’t stop marveling at the beautifully designed online science magazine Nautilus. Named after the humble bottom-dwelling mollusk, the mag intertwines science, math, myth, and culture. With contributors like Somali activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and public radio’s Steve Paulson, dry academic prose it ain’t. Issue 1 focused on human uniqueness, while number 2 explored the concept of uncertainty. July’s issue will doubtlessly be just as fascinating—we already feel a little smarter.
Oh, cherries. Your season is so delicious, yet so short. Read about New York Times food writer Melissa Clark’s quest for the perfect sour cherry pie, then break out your rolling pin (or at least run to your local bakery). And you don’t have to limit yourself to sweet treats. Cherries are fantastic in salads and with lamb, poultry, and pork too.
Photo: Melissa Clark
The last of the summer blockbusters (sad face) arrive this month: Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer as the justice-seeking masked hero and Johnny Depp as Tonto, and The Wolverine, the X-Men character’s solo outing. But the big-budget movie we’re most hotly anticipating is Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Word from the previews: visually astonishing.
Facing long flights, train trips, and car rides this summer? May we suggest a couple thousand rounds of Candy Crush Saga? Just a little caveat, however: “I warn you it’ll take up a huge part of your mindshare,” says Birchbox Co-Founder Hayley. Go forth and download at your own risk.
Photo: Candy Crush
Big-budget eye candy is great, but sometimes smaller is better. Check out the fascinating documentary on the ‘70s band Big Star, the pop music cult phenom that never found commercial success. Later in the month, Cate Blanchett returns to the big screen in Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine. While we’re thrilled to see Cate tackle some classic Woody dialogue, we’re a wee bit more skeptical about Andrew Dice Clay, who has a supporting role. Color us intrigued.
Photo: September Gurls Productions