Weekend Reads: Labor Day Lit


Labor Day weekend is near! Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the achievements of American workers. Labor Day weekend is often the last gasp of summer vacationing and recreation before Fall sets in. To encourage your escape into reading over the long weekend, check out the following popular workplace novels:


Sag Harbor by Colson WhiteheadSAG HARBOR by Colson Whitehead

Benji Cooper is one of the few Black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of Black professionals have built a world of their own.



Just as You Are by Camille KelloggJUST AS YOU ARE: A NOVEL by Camille Kellogg

The only thing worse than hating your boss? Being attracted to her. Equal parts witty and steamy, this debut rom-com brings a healthy dose of queerness to a Pride and Prejudice¬-inspired enemies-to-lovers romance.



Like a House on Fire by Lauren McBrayerLIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE by Lauren Mcbrayer

After twelve years of marriage and two kids, Merit has begun to feel like a stranger in her own life. She loves her husband and sons, but she desperately needs something more than sippy cups and monthly sex. So, she returns to her career at Jager + Brandt, where a brilliant and beautiful Danish architect named Jane decides to overlook the “break” in Merit’s résumé and give her a shot.


Natural Beauty by Ling Ling HuangNATURAL BEAUTY: A NOVEL by Ling Ling Huang

In this sly, surprising, and razor-sharp debut novel, a virtuoso pianist gives up her future as a musician to work at a high-end wellness store in New York City where the pursuit of beauty comes at a staggering cost.



The Best of Everything by Rona JaffeTHE BEST OF EVERYTHING by Rona Jaffe, Rachel Syme

Rona Jaffe’s beloved novel of mid-century NYC women in the workplace that paved the way for the #MeToo movement and iconic cultural touchstones like Mad Men, now for the first time in Penguin Classics, in a 65th anniversary edition with an introduction by New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme



Not the Plan by Gia De CadenetNOT THE PLAN: A NOVEL by Gia De Cadenet

An ambitious chief of staff risks her career and her heart when she falls hard for her new colleague in this steamy workplace romance from the author of Getting His Game Back.




Nothing But the Truth by Holly JamesNOTHING BUT THE TRUTH: A NOVEL by Holly James

A feminist Liar Liar meets the romantic charm of This Time Next Year, in this page-turning debut about a woman who loses the ability to lie on her 30th birthday–and the challenges she faces as a woman in work and in love when she finally must tell nothing but the truth.



Sweetbitter by Stephanie DanlerSWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler

The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.



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Posted: August 31, 2023