Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Q&A with Kevin Kwan, Author of Crazy Rich Asians

Read It Forward talks with author Kevin Kwan about Crazy Rich Asians, the outrageously funny debut novel that bestselling author Plum Sykes says is “like a Chinese Dallas meets Pride and Prejudice.”

Crazy Rich Asians is about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

Kevin Kwan talks about the “Crazy Rich Asian consumer” and his years as a fashion student and spectator.

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Winners Announced: Three Bestselling Novels Giveaway

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Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

You Never Really Know the Hearts and Minds of Others

Nichole Bernier – author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. – shares a list of books that remind us you never really know the hearts and minds of others.

“Books that reveal that things are not what they seem have always fascinated me,” says Nichole Bernier. “Here are some of my favorites that show the hidden pains and motivations roiling beneath the surface of us all.”

Nichole Bernier includes classics like Crossing to Safety, recent bestsellers like Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and book club favorites like A Pilot’s Wife. Check out her list and tell us about a book you think should make the list!

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Winners Announced: The Summer of Dead Toys Giveaway

Congrats to Melissa N., Carol S., Brooks W., Carol V., Adriana P., and 195 other members of the Read It Forward community whose entries were selected at random to win an Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill.

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A (Highly Opinionated) Bibliography of Chicago Novels

Gary Krist, author of City of Scoundrels, shares a (highly opinionated) bibliography of Chicago novels, including classics like Sister Carrie and Native Son as well as some little-known gems.

“Chicago has been the inspiration for so many of the great American novels of the early twentieth century,” says Gary Krist. “Gritty realism, after all, was the prevailing aesthetic of that era, and no place lent itself better to gritty realism than the Megalopolis of the Prairie. Here are a few personal favorites that I feel best convey the essence of the city around the time at which City of Scoundrels takes place.”

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Enter for the Chance to Win The Summer of Dead Toys

“A welcome corrective to snow-blindness from too much Nordic noir. . . . Excellent characterization, a sympathetic and engaging protagonist, and plenty of plot twists, with a cliffhanger ending that sets things up nicely for the next in the series.” ~The Guardian

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Bonus Book Content Good for Book Clubs

Gary Krist on the Historian’s “Skeptical Eye”

I’m always on the lookout in my research for things like memoirs, personal letters, court testimony, or diaries, where the participants in a historical event actually report what was said and done at a particular time and place.

“Newspaper articles are also very useful for this, especially when reporters on the scene write about what they experienced firsthand,” says Gary Krist, author of City of Scoundrels. “Are these eyewitness reports always accurate? Not by a long shot. Memory is notoriously unreliable, and people often color the truth – or even lie outright – in ways that serve their own personal agendas. A historian therefore has to look at such eyewitness testimony with a skeptical eye.”

Book News Good for Book Clubs

The Black Count Wins Pulitzer Prize for Biography

“I’m left with a much clearer understanding of the course of the French Revolution as well as the exciting story of General Alex Dumas,” says RIFer Pat H. “No wonder Alexandre used his father as the basis for several of his fictional characters.”

Read It Forward introduced you to The Black Count by Tom Reiss long before it hit the shelves last September.

Winners of our Read It First giveaway couldn’t stop talking about this remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo, saying that it read like a page-turning novel. Reviewers raved. Nominations for prestigious awards followed.