1. “Tailspin,” by Sandra Brown. (Grand Central.) A pilot navigates treacherous situations when he attempts to deliver a mysterious black box to a doctor in Georgia.
2. “Crazy Rich Asians,” by Kevin Kwan. (Anchor.) A New Yorker gets a surprise when she spends the summer with her boyfriend in Singapore.
3. “Origin,” by Dan Brown. (Doubleday.) A symbology professor goes on a perilous quest with a beautiful museum director.
4. “Serpentine,” by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Berkley.) The vampire hunter Anita Blake goes to a Florida island where women suddenly disappear and members of a family turn into a mass of snakes.
5. “Sharp Objects,” by Gillian Flynn. (Broadway.) After a stay at a psychiatric hospital, a reporter reluctantly returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two girls.
6. “The President Is Missing,” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. (Little, Brown and Knopf.) President Jonathan Duncan, a Gulf War veteran and widower, takes on adversaries at home and abroad.
7. “The Money Shot,” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall. (Putnam.) A movie star is blackmailed and Teddy Fay, disguised as an actor and stuntman, investigates.
8. “The Other Woman,” by Daniel Silva. (HarperCollins.) Gabriel Allon, the art restorer and assassin, fights the Russians to decide the fate of postwar global order.
9. “The Chase,” by Elle Kennedy. (Elle Kennedy.) A college student becomes involved in a love triangle with her two male roommates.
10. “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,” by Gail Honeyman. (Penguin.) A young woman’s well-ordered life is disrupted by the IT guy from her office.
1. “Everything Trump Touches Dies,” by Rick Wilson. (Free Press.) The Republican political campaign strategist gives his take on the current president and offers a way forward for conservatives.
2. “The Russia Hoax,” by Gregg Jarrett. (Broadside.) The Fox News analyst makes his case against the FBI investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
3. “Educated,” by Tara Westover. (Random House.) The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
4. “Liars, Leakers and Liberals,” by Jeanine Pirro. (Center Street.) The legal analyst and Fox News host argues in favor of President Trump.
5. “Dopesick,” by Beth Macy. (Little, Brown.) An in-depth look at how opioid addiction affects Americans across geographic and class lines.
6. “Death of a Nation,” by Dinesh D’Souza. (All Points.) A companion text to the conservative author and filmmaker’s documentary, which offers an alternative history of the Democratic Party.
7. “Sapiens,” by Yuval Noah Harari. (Harper.) How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.
8. “Black Klansman,” by Ron Stallworth. (Flatiron.) The first black detective of the Colorado Springs, Colo., Police Department goes undercover to investigate the Ku Klux Klan.
9. “Bad Blood,” by John Carreyrou. (Knopf.) The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to deliver on its promise to make blood testing more efficient.
10. “Indianapolis,” by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. (Simon & Schuster.) A newly researched look into the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the story of the survivors and the fight to exonerate the court-martialed skipper.
The New 72nd Street Subway Station Features Art Designed by Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono lives in the majestic Dakota on West 72nd St. Just a few hundred feet away, in Central Park, she helped to create Strawberry Fields – in tribute to her late husband, John Lennon. Both draw a steady stream of photo-snapping visitors.
And now, what’s sure to become another attraction, for tourists, as well as New Yorkers: six mosaics of blue skies and puffy clouds, in the just-reopened subway stop at 72nd and Central Park West.
“I can’t imagine anything better than seeing someone who lives close by, who has the ability to speak around the world, to give such respect to the subway by bringing her work into it,” says Sandra Bloodworth, director of the public art program with MTA Arts and Design.
The mosaics are marked with Yoko and John-type messages, like “Imagine Peace” and “Remember Love.”
“I like the idea very much, first that she got to do this work, and second, what it is: I think it gives you a good feeling to go down into the noisy subway station and you see such a calming image,” says one subway rider.
Adds another: “It’s gorgeous, it’s gorgeous. It’s bright. I was excited walking down the stairs just seeing how great the tiles were.”
The mosaics are a defining feature of the renovated station, which received brighter lighting, digital displays and new-look entrances during a nearly five-month, $28 million makeover.
Ono was among several artists who applied to MTA Arts & Design to decorate the station when it closed in May.
“She’s made everyone mindful of just where they are. That they’re on the Upper West Side,” Bloodworth says.
Ono titled the installation “Sky,” and her name appears on a small marker next to it. The station has been reopened less than a week, but her imprint already is drawing crowds. Still, some riders are still not aware of her involvement.
“I think that’s great. Because you’re keeping someone who’s in the community and actually knows about the community,” said one straphanger.
“Sky” joins hundreds of other works of art throughout the transit system.
“We are the most public museum there is, I believe, on earth. We have the collection of work of well-known artists, emerging artists, mid-career artists,” Bloodworth says.
And now, Yoko Ono. Imagine that.
Four of the six mosaics in the “Sky” installation have been installed. Two more have yet to be unveiled. Riders should expect to see them on the downtown platform by the end of the month.
Transportation museum hosts antique fire trucks
Antique fire trucks will be featured Sept. 16 at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd.
This year’s gathering, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will also include games and demonstrations for children designed to teach them important lessons in fire safety.
The Genesee Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America will have its restored firefighting equipment on display for visitors to enjoy. Visitors will be able to discover the difference between a “fire truck” and a “fire engine,” and find out why firemen wear red suspenders!
The New York Museum of Transportation also features a collection of trolleys, a steam locomotive, horse-drawn buggies, and highway vehicles. Visitors will be able to see several miniature trains in operation on a super-size model railroad.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and older, and $6 for youth ages 3 to 12 years old.
For more information, go to www.nymtmuseum.org or call (585) 533-1113.
Ralph Lauren marks 50th anniversary with Central Park bash
A 19th-century fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park provided a majestic backdrop for Ralph Lauren’s star-studded 50th anniversary blowout on Friday, a festive celebration of his past and present that included a runway show and a black-tie dinner.
Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were just a few of the dozens of celebrities gathered to fete Lauren, 78, and his decades atop the fashion world. Not to mention Hillary Clinton, who wore Lauren’s designs at numerous key moments of her presidential campaign — including the white “suffragette” pantsuit she wore to accept the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia.
“I love his clothes,” Clinton said. “You know he really was so generous and kind to help with all of my clothes during the campaign.”
It was Winfrey who had the job of toasting Lauren at dinner. “The real reason we are here is not the show,” she said. “It’s you. You Ralph Lauren, and 50 years of your designing our dreams.”
Winfrey told Lauren that he represented what was great in America. “Your story exalts our collective story,” she said. “Your designs define integrity.”
Old-fashioned trolley cars met guests on Fifth Avenue and shuttled them into the park, where the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain had been transformed into a party space. Guests sipped cocktails and watched, on towering vertical screens, highlights of Lauren shows over the years.
Then, everyone descended a granite staircase to the runway show, where velvet banquettes awaited and oriental carpets lined the floor.
The show, which fittingly began to the strains of Paul Simon’s “New York is My Home,” combined elements from various Lauren collections over the years, and included some older models who had been in early campaigns. And, in a second half celebrating the family, it included many smiling children, some small enough to be carried by the adults on the runway — and one baby fast asleep.
Lauren himself appeared on the staircase at the end, to thunderous cheers. He took a slow victory lap across the room while admirers applauded, hugged him if they were close by, or snapped photos furiously.
At dinner, which took place around the famous fountain, Lauren told the crowd that, contrary to the evening’s glamour, he wasn’t very glamorous at home. “I walk around in a ripped robe, and no towels,” he said.
He was referring to Winfrey’s anecdote, offered in her toast, about how, working in Chicago early in her career, she saw owning Ralph Lauren towels as a symbol of success.
“I vowed, if I ever got me some money I would get me some Ralph Lauren towels,” she said — specifically “bath sheets.” And she did.
Clinton, who sat next to Lauren, told the Associated Press their friendship dated back to the ’90s, when Clinton was working on a project to save American treasures, and Lauren helped save the star-spangled banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
“Ralph came forward and funded the conservation and restoration of the star-spangled banner,” she said, “and he and I were able to be there years later to once again put it on display and have it properly taken care of. His help made that happen. And we just became friends.”
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