On My Nightstand

By Camille Styles
On My Nightstand | Camille Styles

On My Nightstand | Camille StylesCan’t believe it’s already time for another edition of On My Nightstandand this month, I’ve got some real jewels to share. Don’t you love it when you have a book that you’re so excited about, you actually look forward to crawling into bed at night just so you can dive into its pages? Well right now, I’ve got four: a juicy fashion-industry memoir, a cookbook that’s quintessentially Californian, a (true) medical suspense story and a novel based on a real-life character who’s always completely fascinated me. Here’s what’s currently taking up space on my nightstand, and I’d love to hear about any books you guys would recommend – I’m always looking to add to next month’s list!

1. The Asylum, by Simon Doonan. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book’s release ever since I heard Doonan had one in the works. As a total fashion insider (and the creative ambassador for Barney’s) he hilariously regales us with the “real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity”…from someone who really knows.

2. Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan. My mom (a psychiatric nurse!) turned me onto this current bestseller, and it’s now become my book club’s official selection this month. It’s the memoir of a twenty-four-year-old journalist with a promising career ahead, who wakes up one day in a psychiatric hospital with no recollection of how she got there. Completely gripping.

3. AOC Cookbook, by Suzanne Goin. Last time we were in LA, Adam and I had one of our best dinners ever in the Tuscan-inspired courtyard at A.O.C. The handmade pasta, the mouthwatering buratta and the perfectly-roasted chicken… Suzanne Goin is the master at the small plates, farm-to-table movement that defines California cuisine, and I can’t wait to try out every single one of her recipes at home.

4. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler. Anyone else always been a bit fascinated by the wife of legendary F. Scott Fitzgerald — who managed to become a legend in her own right thanks to her daring and sometimes-scandalous ways? Fowler tells a compelling fictional account of Zelda’s story… parties, Jazz Age glamour and internal demons included.

Now it’s your turn! Let me know what you’re reading this month… and for other book ideas, be sure to check out the last few editions of On My Nightstand.