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Palm Beach Pop Culture

Over the decades, Palm Beach has been at the center of its share of scandals, the juiciest of which have been the subject of several books. One of the most widely publicized involved Herbert Pulitzer and his decades-younger wife, Roxanne; after being vilified in the press, she wrote "The Prize Pulitzer: The Scandal That Rocked Palm Beach—The Real Story" in 1987, and it’s still an engaging beach read today. While you’re in the bookstore, also look for her seriously steamy novel, "The Palm Beach Story," which she wrote 10 years later, in which she uses fiction to take out her revenge on the rich society-types who shunned her. "The Season: Inside Palm Beach and America’s Richest Society" by Ronald Kessler, also focuses on various affairs, murders, scams and high-society figures, and was lauded by the New York Times as “a treat to those who can never learn enough about the sex lives and decorating habits of the fabulously wealthy.”