EDI­TOR’S NOTE

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Find­ing the per­fect sum­mer read is also a rite of pas­sage. It’s one that Sarah Laing, our as­so­ciate edi­tor, is now per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally well ac­quainted with. For “What to Read This Sum­mer” (page 55), she chose 19 books, in­clud­ing The Girl Who Was Satur­day Night— the lat­est novel from ELLE Canada con­trib­u­tor Heather O’Neill. “The bar is higher for a sum­mer read,” Sarah told me when I asked her how she de­ter­mined which books would make the cut. “They need to be grip­ping or fun be­cause they’re com­pet­ing for your at­ten­tion with good weather, ice cream—and maybe even a real-life sum­mer ro­mance.” I’d add one other book

to Sarah’s list. It’s from an­other of our favourite ELLE Canada writ­ers, El­iz­a­beth Ren­zetti. Based on a True Story is an en­gag­ing satiric tale about a for­mer soap-opera star, a has-been jour­nal­ist and the lies—and mis­ad­ven­tures—that de­fine their lives. Ren­zetti also wrote this month’s ELLE First es­say (page 66), about the first (and last) time she tried ayahuasca in an Ecuadorean jun­gle: “Show me a woman who would turn down that ad­ven­ture and I’ll show you a woman who is only

half alive—or very wise.” (I’d say the for­mer!)

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