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Books: Three Picks for August

Soap opera drama, a pop culture memoir and a novel on start up culture



From the mind of Doree Shafrir, this novel centers on the personal and professional lives of three people as they navigate the startup culture in New York City. Mack is ready to launch a second idea, but a slew of text messages erupts an implicating scandal. Katya is chasing fame as a journalist, while Sabrina, a mother of two, is trying to make it happen as she rejoins the workforce. Told through a feminist lens, the novel sheds light on the struggles of women trying to navigate the male centric tech field. A definite page-turner, Startup asks all the right questions as it explores the gray areas at the intersection of technology and human nature. 

Startup by Doree Shafrir is available at Amazon.com for RMB95.


All the Lives I want

Pop culture columnist Alana Massey examines her personal life alongside those of celebrities and   friends in her head, Winona Ryder, Lana Del Rey, and the Olsen Twins in this startlingly honest collection. Featuring 15 short essays and over 20 celebrity figures, Massey explores personal relationships, the struggles of being in the entertainment industry and the consequences of falling too hard in dating relationships. A refreshing combination of a fan girl letter and cultural critique, Massey’s delivery is both passionate and bold. All the Lives I Want pays tribute to the legacies left by a generation of strong women while also teaching us not to be too harsh when judging ourselves. 

All the Lives I Want  by Alana Massey is available at Amazon.com for RMB 95.


Rich People Problems

Expect even higher levels of soap opera drama in this final installment of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. The story continues to focus on the love affairs, scandals and catfights of the fictional Shang-Young dynasty. This time around, the steely matriarch of the clan, Su Yi, is on her deathbed and the entire family has descended onto the ancestral estate to get their diamond-studded fingers on as much of her vast inheritance as possible. Among all the scheming gold-diggers and vicious betrayals, the unfortunate heroine is, Astrid who is forced to cope with the dissolution of her marriage, as palace intrigue forces decades-old secrets to surface in the battle for Asia’s largest fortune. 

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan is available at Amazon.com for RMB98. 

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