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READ IT: In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s gorgeously and gracefully written novel, West of Sunset. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie. Fitzgerald’s orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brought vividly to life through the novel’s romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. This is a sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted.
BLING IT ON: If you’re like me, you’ll try anything to keep to your New Year’s resolution in 2015—even the lastest craze, the Fitbit. By wearing this simple little wristband, you can track your steps, distance, calories burned, and your active minutes throughout the day. You can even monitor how long and well you sleep. If you want to do this detective work incognito, Tory Burch has collaborated with Fitbit to transform your tracker into a super-chic accessory for work or weekend, day or evening, with the Tory Burch for Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet. Made of stainless steel, it’s based on the decorative, open fretwork that’s a signature of Tory Burch’s design—complete with a secure, easy-access latch on the back. It looks polished while keeping the device comfortably close. Maybe a little bling is the ticket to a healthier you in the new year. It can’t hurt to give it a try, right? The Tory Burch for Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet comes in three colors—rose gold, shiny gold, and Tory Burch silver and is available for $195 at toryburch.com.
– By Ann Marie Scheidler