Summer Reading List
Simon Doonan

Whether kicking back poolside, lounging on the beach, or curling up on the couch on a rainy day, summer’s the ideal time to catch up on that ever-growing reading list. It also happens to be the time when you’re most likely to search for that special, personalized host or hostess gift for that friend whose pool you’ve been “borrowing” all season. Fortunately, we have the perfect solution for both: a summer book list curated by our own Simon Doonan. From surfing and beaches to pizza and summer drives, his selection has us gearing up for the days of sandals and sunscreen. Scroll on for a closer look at each of Simon’s picks, then head over to Barneys to start building your own summer reading list.


PHAIDON Where To Eat Pizza

“If you want to keep your beach body, you’d better read about it rather than eat it.”

RIZZOLI Pool Party: Sixty Years at the World’s Most Famous Pool

“Even if you don’t have a pool, you will get tons of glamorous, hedonistic summer inspiration from this groovy book.”

TASCHEN Surfing: 1778-2015

“Paddleboarding is easier, but the fantasy images of surfing in this book are absolutely intoxicating.”

RIZZOLI The World of Charles and Ray Eames

“I am a Mid-Century addict. When I moved to LA, you could pick this stuff up at the Goodwill for a song. #lastcentury. Great design inspiration.”

NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK Les Voiles De St-Barth: Elegant Points Of Sail (English & French Edition)

“What is better than a romantic SB vacay? This book will take you there.”

PHAIDON Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers

“Mapplethorpe even managed to make flowers look kinky and sensual. Great hostess gift.”


“A great gift for your vegan hostess. Kidding!”

NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK Porsche Drive: 15 Passes In 4 Days, English & German Edition

“I am completely bonkers for sports cars. I have never owned one—I drive too slowly!—but dream about them all the time. Good Father’s Day gift.”


“Keep this book next to the bed in your beach-house guest room. Great for rainy-day reading.”

TASCHEN Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie 1972-1973

“I went to many Ziggy concerts in the early days. Mr. Rock’s photos bring back nights at the Finsbury Park Rainbow. #glamrockfashiontips”

POWERHOUSE BOOKS Advanced Style: Older and Wiser

“I am a huge fan of Ari Seth Cohen and his message of senior fashion empowerment, and—full disclosure—I wrote the forward.”