The Best Bet
There is no more classic summertime read than Edie: An American Biography. Told as an oral history, the storyŚWasp princess turned Factory star turned drug casualtyŚis gripping by itself. Add in the cultural icons (Warhol, Jagger, Dylan) and the glamour-edged dissolution (don’t miss Joel Schumacher’s description of a visit to the infamous Dr. Roberts), and you won’t be able to put it down. Read it now, before Factory Girl comes out this fall. Try the Strand for an out-of-print hardcover to get the extra pictures, but the paperback version takes better to sunscreen spills ($14 at Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Pl., nr. Broadway; 212-420-1322).