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Miranda Priestly’s Back

The imperious editrix has returned in Revenge Wears Prada; plus, two other pop-culture-ific beach reads

The Devil lives again! Ten years after the publication of The Devil Wears Prada, author Lauren Weisberger has released a sequel, Revenge Wears Prada. The first novel was a bestseller but only achieved pop-culture immortality after it was made into the 2006 film starring Meryl Streep as the silver-coiffed Miranda Priestly with her withering dismissal of “That’s all.”

In Revenge Wears Prada, Andy—the heroine of Devil—is the co-editor of The Plunge, a high-end bridal magazine that she launched with her former enemy-turned-best friend and co-editor Emily (so memorably played by Emily Blunt in the movie). Miranda is still the editor of Runway, but she’s also become the editorial director of magazine publishing giant Elias Clark, and she disrupts Andy’s peace and happiness by trying to acquire The Plunge. Yes, the book is predictable but enjoyably so—you’ll relish watching Andy triumph and Miranda receive her comeuppance.

Still, the the best part of Revenge has to do with what it may lead to in the future: a movie! Last year, when Meryl Streep was asked if she’d consider reprising the role of Miranda Priestly, she seemed open to the idea. Now all we need is Emily Blunt to sign on.

Below, two other new books for those who like to read first before seeing the movie:

Anna Stothard’s noir-ish novel, The Pink Hotel, follows a nameless Los Angeles woman as she attempts to piece together the details of the life lead by her recently deceased mother. The mysterious romp through L.A.’s seedy underbelly isn’t just captivating readers; True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are reportedly working to bring the story to the big screen.

British author Neil Gaiman has already had two books—Stardust and Coraline—made into movies. His latest, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, doesn’t come out in the U.S. until June 18, but Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman have already optioned it and Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement) is said to be attached to direct. This slim yet rich, dreamy yet creepy tale is about a young boy, the three women living at the end of his lane, and the dark forces surrounding them.