"Stories My Father Told Me: Notes From The Lyons Den," by movie reviewer Jeffrey Lyons, is a great behind-the-scenes celebrity read. Lyons' father, Leonard, wrote "The Lyons Den," a column that chronicled the lives of the rich and famous in the New York Post from 1934 to 1974. It was syndicated in more than 100 newspapers around the world. The book is a compilation of anecdotes and outtakes from that column.
"Silver Girl," by Elin Hilderbrand, is a riches-to-rags story of a woman whose husband's financial misdeeds cause her to lose everything, but she puts her life back together over one summer on Nantucket.
"Happy Birthday," by Danielle Steel. Steel has sold nearly 600 million books worldwide. Her latest novel examines the lives of two women who are both approaching big milestones in their lives -- one, her 60th birthday, and the other, her daughter, who will celebrate her 30th.
"Heat Wave," by Nancy Thayer, is a great girl read, Buckingham says. After the loss of her husband, Carley Winsted discovers that her family finances are in dire straits. In order to keep her beloved Nantucket home, she turns it into a bed-and-breakfast. By the end of the summer, her life -- and those of her friends and family -- will be transformed in entirely unexpected ways.