M. Dalto Takes Your Coffee Orders, EMPIRE STYLE + WHAT THE BONESMEN READ...


Last month, MacMillan and Fantasy powerhouse Leigh Bardugo unleashed Ninth House—a whimsically dark ode to the real-life secret society of East Coast elite, known as the Skull & Bones Society.

Although her stunning Adult Fantasy debut is the first time many readers are hearing of Yale University's undergraduate senior student society, Skull and Bones remains one of America's oldest and best kept secrets. It is a wonder groups like the Illuminati are still theorized about when there are real secret societies under our very noses... Some authors, such as Alexandra Robbins, have also reportedly claimed the society's affiliation with the Illuminati.

Since its inception in 1832, Skull and Bones has produced some of the country's most successful businessmen and politicians. It remained an all-male institution, until 1991, when women were first allowed admission. These days, 15 students, both male and female, are "tapped" annually—receiving an invitation of a promising lifetime of inscrutable power, social platform, and financial stability.

For your viewing pleasure, I've dug up four Bonesmen, and their reading tastes...