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One Piece Swim, $ 118 at spanx.com; Visor by Kate Spade, $ 88 at shopbop.com; “Slim Cool” flip flops, $ 28 at us.havaianas.com; Towel by Tommy Hilfiger, $ 25 at overstock.com

One piece bandeau by Kate Spade New York for the Everything But Water 30th Anniversary Collection, $  173 at Everything But Water, 1060 Madison Ave., (212) 249-4052; Sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana, $  235 at sunglasshut.com; "Cyprus Crystal Sandals", $  148 at jcrew.com; Towel, $  39.50 at potterybarn.comBarry Williams/for New York Daily News

One piece bandeau by Kate Spade New York for the Everything But Water 30th Anniversary Collection, $ 173 at Everything But Water, 1060 Madison Ave., (212) 249-4052; Sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana, $ 235 at sunglasshut.com; “Cyprus Crystal Sandals”, $ 148 at jcrew.com; Towel, $ 39.50 at potterybarn.com

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UPPER EAST Side women are like baboons who display power by threatening to ram younger rivals on the sidewalk, conspicuously bidding $ 20,000 at school auctions for finger paintings and jealously treating nursery school admissions like “a shrinking waterhole in the Serengeti.”

Juicy, sexy, bawdy stuff — the makings of the perfect summer beach book.

That anthropological takedown of Manhattan women of a certain age (and wealth) makes “Primates of Park Avenue” a front-runner for the tasty tome that we’ll all be devouring when the weather warms.

Better still? The title isn’t merely a metaphor. “Primates of Park Avenue” was written by noted primatologist and “Stepmonster” author Wednesday Martin. When Martin found herself living amongst these savage beasts of the concrete jungle, her scientific method kicked in — she studies her subjects as she would chimps in the wild.

Wednesday Martin's "anthropological memoir" is set on the Upper East Side.Simon & Schuster

Wednesday Martin’s “anthropological memoir” is set on the Upper East Side.

Because really, is the sight of two Park Avenue trophy wives fighting over a Hermes bag that different from two angry gorillas in the mist? Does the status of being top dog — married to the wealthiest man on the planet — lessen the anxieties of life? It wouldn’t for an ape, so why would it for a human?

But these New York primates have different ways of reducing stress.

“They love weed. And alcohol,” Martin tells The Daily News. “I was surprised by the high levels of drugs for anxiety that they are taking.”

Martin’s dishy novel — which will be released June 2 and is being marketed by Simon & Schuster as an “anthropological memoir” — is only one early favorite for “Book of the Summer.” Here are the front-runners in all the major categories:

Fiction

“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee (July 14, Harper).

Lee submitted this book to her publisher in the 1950s, but was told to rewrite it a generation earlier. The resulting classic was “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one of the most enduring coming-of-age novels in the English language. The “new” book was thought lost — and when it was “found” last year, there were charges that the 89-year-old Lee, who almost never grants interviews or appears in public, was not in her right mind to have agreed to release this book. But it is being released. It’s unlikely anyone who ever read the original adventures of Atticus Finch, daughter Scout, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson will be able to resist checking out this book, which is set 20 years after the events of “Mockingbird.” Truly a literary event.

Memoir

“It's a Long Story: My Life” by Willie Nelson comes out on May 5 from Little, Brown and Company.Little, Brown and Company

“It’s a Long Story: My Life” by Willie Nelson comes out on May 5 from Little, Brown and Company.

“It’s a Long Story: My Life” by Willie Nelson with David Ritz (May 5, Little, Brown and Co.)

“Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead” by Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen (May 5, St. Martin’s Press)

“My Fight/Your Fight” by Ronda Rousey (May 12, Regan Arts)

Speaking of weed, expect to encounter it in the memoirs by Nelson and Kreutzmann, though less so in Rousey‘s book. The Ultimate Fighting champion and “toughest woman on Earth” discusses her intense diet, along with opening up about her father’s suicide.

“My Fight/Your Fight” by Ronda Rousey comes out May 12 from Regan ArtsRegan Arts

“My Fight/Your Fight” by Ronda Rousey comes out May 12 from Regan Arts

Kreutzmann, one of the founding members of The Grateful Dead and the drummer who has stayed with the band through its entire run, will extol the virtues of the mind-altered life in the pages of the book and on the subsequent long strange tour, which hits the Tribeca Barnes and Noble on May 6.

The early word on Nelson’s book is that it rambles like a … like a Willie Nelson song! Here’s a tidbit: As a boy, his schoolmates nicknamed him Booger Red.

Politics

“A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America” by Ted Cruz (June 30, Broadside Books)

“Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America” by Rand Paul (May 26, Center Street)

An early poll on Republican presidential prospects will be held via the best-seller lists. The publishers are being as quiet as indicted congressmen about both books. Indeed, the only “leak” that a source close to Cruz’s publisher offered was this gem: “Did you know that Cruz was a successful college debater?” So expect a lot of carefully considered rhetoric and strategic arguments. Somewhere a focus group must have decided that four-syllable book titles before the colon work best.

Irresistible Trash

“The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza comes out May 19 from Doubleday.Doubleday

“The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza comes out May 19 from Doubleday.

“The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (May 19, Doubleday)

“Radiant Angel, a John Corey Novel” by Nelson DeMille (May 26, Grand Central Publishing)

Don’t misunderstand the word “trash”: There’s nothing better than a fun, guilty pleasure you can’t put down or a book that keeps you planted in your beach chair until the sunlight fails and you rush home to keep reading under the porch light.

Sykes and Piazza present the character of veteran fashion magazine editor Imogen Tate, who battles to save her career against her former assistant, a twentysomething who is trying to shrink the September issue into an app. You’re hooked already, right?

If you finish it in a day, turn to DeMille’s latest, in which Agent Corey must deal with a resurgent Russia, which has Manhattan in its crosshairs. The real questions for devoted fans are whether he will save Gotham but still have time to down his beloved pigs in a blanket and stay away from cigarettes. No spoilers here.

Young Adult

“The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker will be published June 2 from Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLittle, Brown Books for Young Re

“The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker will be published June 2 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

“The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker (June 2, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Forget vampires. Witches are in, my pretty.

“Witches are very big right now across the board. Almost every witch book that is pitched sells at auction,” said Casey Siegel, who writes the blog How YA Fiction Works.

The set up for Boecker’s book may melt you: “Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake. … Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy.” OK, so it’s not at the level of Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” but hey, it’s summer. It’s more fun to dream of flying broomsticks than to actually sweep.

Runner-up: “The Witch’s Guide to Wands: A Complete Botanical, Magical, and Elemental Guide to Making, Choosing, and Using the Right Wand” by Gypsey Elaine Teague.

Biography

“The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion” by Tracy Daugherty (Aug. 25, St. Martin’s Press)

Daugherty is known for delivering notable biographies of literary lions, including Joseph Heller. Here he takes on the queen of the lionesses. Whatever he delivers about the 80-year-old novelist and essayist will be news.

Science fiction

“The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi is out May 26 from Knopf.Knopf

“The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi is out May 26 from Knopf.

“The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi (May 26, Knopf)

Bacigalupi’s previous book, “The Windup Girl,” showed just how good he can be. Every sci-fi geek will be reading this new one, a tale set in a lawless, water-starved American Southwest (wait, this is sci-fi, right?). A prominent sci-fi publisher casually mentioned to The News a year ago that she regretted bitterly passing on her chance to bid on “The Windup Girl,” which went on to sell more than 200,000 copies thanks to Bacigalupi’s unique mix of plausible post-environmental-apocalypse prediction, thrilling action, subtle characters and imaginative gadgetry to satisfy a market that is far smarter than non-sci-fi fans realize. With the new book and a literary publisher, Bacigalupi may finally get the true writerly treatment he deserves.

Wednesday Martin breaks it down for you

In keeping with her book’s anthropological theme, Wednesday Martin devotes two pages of her book, “Primates of Park Avenue,” to a field-guide style look at the grooming habits of moneyed female Upper East Siders. Such specimens spent nearly $ 100,000 annually simply to look their best. Here’s Martin’s breakdown:

Hair and scalp

Haircut and color (five times a year at $ 500) = $ 2,500.

Weekly blowout (50 times a year at $ 70 each) = $ 3,500.

Hair and makeup stylist for events (10 times a year at $ 150) = $ 1,500.

Consult and follow-up with specialist, who does not accept insurance, regarding hair loss due to color, stress, hormones and/or autoimmune issues caused by stress and hormones = $ 2,000.

Face

Botox and other fillers (four times a year at $ 1,000) = $ 4,000.

Peels (monthly at $ 300) = $ 3,600.

Facials (monthly at $ 250) = $ 3,000.

Brows, waxing, etc. (monthly at $ 50) = $ 600.

Laser for sun damage = $ 2,500.

Facial skin products = $ 1,500.

Facial makeup = $ 1,000.

Body

Exercise classes = $ 3,500.

Personal trainer = $ 7,500.

Nutritionist = $ 1,500.

Juice cleanses (weekly at $ 75) = $ 3,500.

Mani/pedi = $ 2,000.

Massage (weekly) = $ 9,000

Spray on tan = $ 500

Spa getaway (two per year) = $ 8,000.

Plastic surgery (including breast augmentation, lipo) = wild card.

Wardrobe

Clothing fall/winter = $ 3,000-$ 20,000.

Clothing spring/summer = $ 3,000-$ 20,000.

Events = $ 5,000-$ 20,000.

Resort/vacation Hamptons = $ 5,000.

Resort/vacation Palm Beach = $ 5,000.

Resort/vacation Aspen = $ 2,500.

Other shoes/boots = $ 5,000-$ 8,000.

Other bags = $ 5,000-$ 10,000.

“Stupefying,” Martin writes.

PHOTO CREDITS

Photographer: Barry Williams

Fashion Editor: Raakhee Mirchandani

Stylist: Tracy Brock

Hair and Makeup: Ashley Stewart

Model: Meaghan M. for MSA Models

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