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The Author’s Bookshelf: Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan is the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, now a major motion picture, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. His novels have been translated into over 20 languages. Kevin was named to Time Magazine’s List of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2018. Born in Singapore, he has called Manhattan’s West Village home since 1995.





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  • A Book of Common Prayer

    By Joan Didion

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679754862
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: April 1995
    First published in 1977, the novel is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande, emblematically set against the background of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence. From the author of the current bestseller, 'The Year of Magical Thinking.' 272p.
  • An Inconvenient Woman

    By Dominick Dunne

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345522207
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: November 2009
    Jules Mendelson is wealthy. Astronomically so. He and his wife lead the kind of charity-giving, art-filled, high-society life for which each has been carefully groomed. Until Jules falls in love with Flo March, a beautiful actress/waitress. What Flo discovers about the superrich is not a pretty sight. And in the end, she wants no more than what she was promised. But when Flo begins to share the true story of her life among the Mendelsons, not everyone is in a listening mood. And some cold shoulders have very sharp edges. . . .From the Paperback edition.
  • Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel

    By Truman Capote

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679751823
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: April 1994
    As it follows the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Cote Basque from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takesin calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting character as Colette the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witful. 180p.
  • Belgravia

    By Julian Fellowes

    Our Price: $7.50 - $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781538760376
    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
    • Published: July 2017
  • Brideshead Revisited

    By Evelyn Waugh

    Our Price: $8.95 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316216456
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: December 2012
    Captain Charles Ryder, stationed at Brideshead, recalls his boyhood associations with the odd but charming members of an English noble family.
  • Can You Forgive Her?

    By Anthony Trollope

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140430868
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: June 1975
    As a scandalized Victorian society looks on, Alice Vavasor, Lady Glencora, and the Widow Greenow continue their romantic entanglements with disreputable suitors
  • Charmed Lives: A Family Romance

    By Michael Korda

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060085568
    • Publisher: Perennial
    • Published: May 2002
  • China Rich Girlfriend

    By Kevin Kwan

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780804172066
    • Publisher: Anchor
    • Published: May 2016
    "Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather. On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore's It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia's most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it's like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich"--
  • Crazy Rich Asians

    By Kevin Kwan

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345803788
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: May 2014
    Envisioning a quality-time summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that viciously competes against other wealthy families and strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl. A first novel.
  • D.V.

    By Diana Vreeland

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062024404
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: May 2011
    Fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland was a woman whose passion and genius for style helped define the world of high fashion for fifty years. Among her eclectic circle of friends were some of the most renowned and famous figures of the 20th century – artists and princes, movie stars and international legends. Moving from English palaces to the nightclubs of 1903s Paris, the wilds of Wyoming to the exclusive venues of New York high society, D.V. takes readers into this iconic woman’s dazzling life, evoking the luxury and brio of an era that encompassed Josephine Baker, England’s Queen Mary, Buffalo Bill, and Diaghilev. 196p.
  • Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

    By Bill Dedman

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345534538
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: April 2014
    A cousin of Huguette Clark and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist trace the life of the reclusive American heiress against a backdrop of the now-infamous W. A. Clark family and include coverage of the internet sensation and elder-abuse investigation that occurred at the end of her life.
  • Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

    By Arthur T. Vanderbilt

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062224064
    • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
    • Published: December 2012
    Traces the history of the Vanderbilt family and explains why their family fortune dissipated so soon
  • Habits of the House

    By Fay Weldon

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250042903
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
    • Published: October 2013
  • Invisible Cities

    By Italo Calvino

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156453806
    • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
    • Published: May 1978
    Marco Polo, sitting with Kublai Khan, entertains the emperor with tales of cities that he has seen within the empire. 165p.
  • Mansfield Park

    By Jane Austen

    Our Price: $8.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141439808
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: April 2003
    The private and social worlds of three families are revealed through the experiences of the heroine, Fanny Price.
  • Orlando (Vintage Classics)

    By Virginia Woolf

    Our Price: $6.95 - $8.96
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780099478287
    • Publisher: Random House UK
    • Published: July 2008
  • People Like Us

    By Dominick Dunne

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345521040
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: September 2009
    Gus Bailey, the confidant of New York society, observes the social repercussions of socialite Justine Altemus's engagement to TV anchorman Bernie Slatkin and inadvertently precipitates a social explosion.
  • Pride and Prejudice

    By Jane Austen

    Our Price: $7.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307386861
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 2007
    The wonderfully charming and intelligent Elizabeth Bennett is the heroine of what is recognized as one of the great novels in literature. Readers for generations have been captiavated not only by the novel's romantic suspense but also by the fascination of the world of the English country gentry at the turn of the nineteenth century. Beyond Austen's wit & feeling, her subtle observations of the way people behave in society, and how they are true or treacherous to oneanother, is made as real as in our own time. 368p.
  • Rich People Problems

    By Kevin Kwan

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780525432371
    • Publisher: Anchor
    • Published: May 2018
  • Snobs

    By Julian Fellowes

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250020369
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
    • Published: May 2012
    From the creator of the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey... "The English, of all classes as it happens, are addicted to exclusivity. Leave three Englishmen in a room and they will invent a rule that prevents a fourth joining them."The best comedies of manners are often deceptively simple, seamlessly blending social critique with character and story. In his superbly observed first novel, Julian Fellowes, creator of the Masterpiece sensation Downton Abbey and winner of an Academy Award for his original screenplay of Gosford Park, brings us an insider's look at a contemporary England that is still not as classless as is popularly supposed.Edith Lavery, an English blonde with large eyes and nice manners, is the daughter of a moderately successful accountant and his social-climbing wife. While visiting his parents' stately home as a paying guest, Edith meets Charles, the Earl Broughton, and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield, who runs the family estates in East Sussex and Norfolk. To the gossip columns he is one of the most eligible young aristocrats around.When he proposes. Edith accepts. But is she really in love with Charles? Or with his title, his position, and all that goes with it?One inescapable part of life at Broughton Hall is Charles's mother, the shrewd Lady Uckfield, known to her friends as "Googie" and described by the narrator---an actor who moves comfortably among the upper classes while chronicling their foibles---"as the most socially expert individual I have ever known at all well. She combined a watchmaker's eye for detail with a madam's knowledge of the world." Lady Uckfield is convinced that Edith is more interested in becoming a countess than in being a good wife to her son. And when a television company, complete with a gorgeous leading man, descends on Broughton Hall to film a period drama, "Googie's" worst fears seem fully justified.In this wickedly astute portrait of the intersecting worlds of aristocrats and actors, Julian Fellowes establishes himself as an irresistible storyteller and a deliciously witty chronicler of modern manners.
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    By Tom Wolfe

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312427573
    • Publisher: Picador / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: March 2008
    Tom Wolfe's laser intense illlumination of 'the modern madness that [was] New York in the 1980s.' Still a great commutnovel to read on the train to work or home, sitting in the park, in a cafe, or your favorite reading chair. A national bestseller. A page-turner if there ever was one! 685p.
  • The Custom of the Country

    By Edith Wharton

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039709
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 2006
    Considered by many to be her masterpiece, Edith Wharton's second full-length work is a scathing yet personal examination of the exploits and follies of the modern upper class. As she unfolds the story of Undine Spragg, from New York to Europe, Wharton affords us a detailed glimpse of what might be called the interior décor of this America and its nouveau riche fringes. Through a heroine who is as vain, spoiled, and selfish as she is irresistibly fascinating, and through a most intricate and satisfying plot that follows Undine's marriages and affairs, she conveys a vision of social behavior that is both supremely informed and supremely disenchanted. This new edition features a new introduction and explanatory notes and reset text
  • The Line of Beauty

    By Alan Hollinghurst

    Our Price: $5.95 - $6.95
    Kindle Price: $8.79
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781447202523
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: February 2012
    'A classic of our times ... The work of a great English stylist in full maturity. A masterpiece' Observer
  • The People We Hate at the Wedding

    By Grant Ginder

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.19
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250095220
    • Publisher: Flatiron Books
    • Published: June 2018
  • The Piano Teacher

    By Janice Y.K. Lee

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143116530
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: November 2009
    Former Elle editor Lee delivers a standout debut dealing with the rigors of love and survival during a time of war, and the consequences of choices made under duress. Claire Pendleton, newly married and arrived in Hong Kong in 1952, finds work giving piano lessons to the daughter of Melody and Victor Chen, a wealthy Chinese couple. While the girl is less than interested in music, the Chens' flinty British expat driver, Will Truesdale, is certainly interested in Claire, and vice versa. Their fast-blossoming affair is juxtaposed against a plot line beginning in 1941 when Will gets swept up by the beautiful and tempestuous Trudy Liang, and then follows through his life during the Japanese occupation. As Claire and Will's affair becomes common knowledge, so do the specifics of Will's murky past, Trudy's motivations and Victor's role in past events. The rippling of past actions through to the present lends the narrative layers of intrigue and more than a few unexpected twists. Lee covers a little-known time in Chinese history without melodrama, and deconstructs without judgment the choices people make in order to live one more day under torturous circumstances. Kindle Price: $12.99
  • The Sheltering Sky

    By Paul Bowles

    Our Price: $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062351487
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: September 2014
    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of twentieth-century literature. In this intensely fascinating story, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans' incomprehension of alien cultures leads to the ultimate destruction of those cultures. A story about three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky explores the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.
  • The Stranger's Child

    By Alan Hollinghurst

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307474346
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: August 2012
    From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. In the summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family’s home outside London. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him. That weekend, Cecil writes a poem that, after he is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried—until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them. 
  • The Two Mrs. Grenvilles

    By Dominick Dunne

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345522214
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: September 2009
    When Navy ensign Billy Grenville, heir to a vast New York fortune, sees showgirl Ann Arden on the dance floor, it is love at first sight. And much to the horror of Alice Grenville--the indomitable family matriarch--he marries her. Ann wants desperately to be accepted by high society and become the well-bred woman of her fantasies. But a gunshot one rainy night propels Ann into a notorious spotlight--as the two Mrs. Grenvilles enter into a conspiracy of silence that will bind them together for as long as they live. . . .From the Paperback edition.
  • The Windfall

    By Diksha Basu

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780451498922
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: May 2018
  • Too Much Money

    By Dominick Dunne

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345464101
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: September 2010
  • Vile Bodies

    By Evelyn Waugh

    Our Price: $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316216340
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: December 2012
    Evelyn Waugh's second novel, "Vile Bodies" is his tribute to London's smart set. It introduces us to society as it used to be but that now is gone forever, and probably for good.

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