China Dolls

Author: Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Price: $28.95, HC


China Dolls tells the story of three lifelong friends — M.J. an aspiring sports broadcaster; Alex, a tough-as-nails lawyer; and Lin, an always fashionable stockbroker — who are looking for love in New York City. Even though they meet interesting men, all three are pressured by their families to find a nice Chinese man to take care of them. This novel, although fairly predictable, is an interesting read because it explores Chinese cultural traditions and expectations.


The Hopeless Romantic’s Handbook

Author: Gemma Townley

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Price: $16, TP

Kate Hetherington is in a slump. She hates her co-workers at Future: Perfect, the home/lifestyle makeover TV show where she works as a designer, and her dreams of finding a knight in shining armour are fading away. That is, until, she finds a book on EBay called The Hopeless Romantic’s Handbook, which guarantees love. Townley’s newest novel is the perfect read for hopeless romantics who may, in fact, learn from the fictional handbook.

Because She Can

Author: Bridie Clark

Publisher: Warner Books

Price: $31.99, HC

Think The Devil Wears Prada but set at a New York publishing house. Clare Truman thinks she has landed the perfect job at Grant Books working under the infamous Vivian Grant, but she soon learns otherwise. Bridie Clark used to work for Judith Regan, best known for almost publishing O.J. Simpson’s memoir and then for alleged anti-Semitic remarks that led to her firing. It has been said Regan helped inspire the boss-from-hell character of Grant, the villain readers will love to hate.