Summer Reading Guide: 4 Must-Read True-Life Tales

Aziz Ansari teams up with an NYU professor for a book about love and relationships, plus Judy Garland's former assistant recounts how she became one of the few women agents and, later, a Broadway producer.
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1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

What sounds like an unworkable mashup — a witty comedian and a distinguished NYU sociology professor on love and relationships — just might be the Reese’s of relationship books: Two great tastes that go great together.

2. Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

The longtime New Yorker writer and celebrated author (Cold New World is considered one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the ’90s) returns with a memoir about being a surfing junkie since boyhood and chasing waves around the world.

3. Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty by Robert Lacey

Ford, the Jewish girl who invented the supermodel at the agency she formed with husband Jerry in 1946, is described by Lacey as "a mixture of Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara Walters, but tougher."

4. Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me ... by Stevie Phillips

Phillips traces her life from being Judy Garland’s assistant to becoming one of the few women agents (she repped Liza Minnelli and Robert Redford) to a third career as a Broadway producer.