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Our roundup of the best things to read, eat, explore, and watch in September.
Our pick for the fall's must-read book: The People in the Trees, the debut novel from Hanya Yanagihara. Cinematic and inventive, it tracks a brilliant but deeply flawed scientist who discovers the secret to eternal youth in an obscure Micronesian island. We couldn't put it down.
You'll have to wait until September 30, but we promise Lorde's first album, Pure Heroine, is worth it. The 16-year-old New Zealander (real name: Ella Yelich-O'Connor) has a moody voice and infectious beats — download her single "Royals" and see what we mean.
Photo: Universal Music
Tomato, tomahto—no matter how you say it, we're calling this whole tomato thing very much on. Drizzled with a touch of fruity olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt (gild the lily with a leaf or two of basil), they're sublime, but if you're feeling more adventurous try a cornbread variation on panzanella, a smoky sauce to accompany eggplant, or a savory tarte Tatin from Boston Chef Barbara Lynch.
Do something about those empty walls with the help of Arttwo50, a San Francisco-based startup that offers original editions by emerging artists—all for just $250. Their genius iPad app not only lets you browse over 500 artists, but also allows you to see—through visualization technology—what the pieces would look hanging above your grandma's antique bureau or adjacent to your treasured diploma.
Whether you're actually heading back to campus or simply nostalgic for a hallway locker and cafeteria chicken fingers, Birchbox has all the elements for an A+ look this fall. Check out our Back-to-School Picks—consider it your SparkNotes for style.
The fact that Enough Said is the late, great James Gandolfini's last film appearance already has this movie on our to-do list. Add in one of our favorite directors (Nicole Holofcener) and three of our favorite actresses (Catherine Keener, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette), and it shoots up to top position.
Photo: Fox Searchlight
Hear that? It's the sound of thousands of pairs of heels being readied for New York Fashion Week. This year, we're getting ourselves in the mindset with a movie binge: first, revisiting the brilliant Bill Cunningham New York and the juicy September Issue, and then lining up for the premiere of Mademoiselle C, the chronicle of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and the launch of her new magazine venture. Stay tuned for coverage of New York Fashion Week on the Birchbox Blog.
Photo: BlackDynamite Films
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