By the time we got there, the tent at Gardiner's Farm was chockablock with browsers and book buyers, especially at one table where Gwyneth Paltrow signed copies of her It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. Oglers snapped shots of her and Apple and Moses and Chris Martin. Nearby Robert A. Caro sat behind a pile of his now classic The Power Broker and newer biographies of Lyndon Johnson, Eric Fishl signed his autobiography, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas, and Clive Davis autographed The Soundtrack of My Life, excited for the book party to follow at Larry Gagosian's. Kitty Pilgrim and Kitty Kelley had books, as did Philippe Petit and Nile Rodgers, although by the time we got to them, they had sold out. On the far side, Dr. Ruth in orange print had an assortment of her sexual how-to guides. Overheard: a fan said she looked like sherbet. He could eat her with a spoon. Not missing a beat, the pint-sized sex therapist replied: I'd like that.
We continued on to Michael Braverman's house for a celebration of several authors, including Padma Lakshmi who graces the cover of this week's Hamptons Magazine, Suzanne Corso (Brooklyn Story) and Jessica Soffer (Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots).
Corso has a new one coming out this fall, The Suite Life, so as is the tradition for many East End authors of this annual event founded by Barbara Goldsmith and Alec Baldwin to benefit the East Hampton library, she'll probably be back next year.
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