Reading List

My reading habits are so inconsistent.  I will find a good book and won’t be able to put it down, then read another and the next thing you know, I have read 10 books in a row.  Then, I take a break and it takes a good book to get me back in the game.  Here are three that have been in my Amazon queue…

The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

“The next great New York novel.” -Town and Country

“This winter’s cathartic read: a story that feels familiar yet wholly original, like every heartbreak ever.” -Marie Claire

“Pitoniak’s precise and incisive powers of observation gives us a book with startling grace notes.”

One of NYLON and REFINERY29’s most anticipated books of 2017

In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success-only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached.

The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino

A family reunites after the death of its patriarch just as a hurricane tears through town in this “sparklingly funny novel about love, power, money and adult siblings finding the beating heart of what matters most: one another” (People).

One the night of a massive hurricane, three estranged siblings learn that their father is dying. For the first time in years, they convene at their childhood home in upstate New York, where the storm has downed power lines, flooded houses and destroyed the family’s antique store.

The Westfalls are no strangers to dysfunction.  But never have their lives felt so out of control.  Armie is living in their parents’ basement.  In Manhattan, Josef, a sex-addicted techie, is struggling to repair his broken relationship with his daughters.  Their sister, Charlie, who works in Hollywood as a publicist for a wayward young actress, just learned that her son has been expelled from preschool.  Amid the storm, they must come together to plan their father’s memorial service, only to learn that his dying wish-they must sell his priceless Magritte painting.  As their failures are laid bare, they discover the hope often lurks in the darkest of places.  And so, too, can hilarity.

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Everyone has secrets…

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be.  But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt; another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.

Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding.  Why did Will lie about where he was going?  And what else has he lied about?  As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shocks her to her very core.

I am reading the Marriage Lie right now and cannot put it down!

Happy reading,
Xoxo, kp

Summer Reading

So many good books arriving just in time for Summer…here are a few good ones to look out for.  I am also dying for Nancy Thayer’s new novel and of course, my favorite Summer author Elin Hildebrand!

by Stephanie Danler

This lighter-than-most coming of age story combines life experiences with the allure of New York City and food-two topics that will have you salivating over this charming novel.  When well-to-do Tess comes to Manhattan and takes a job as a ‘backwaiter’, we ride along as she navigates her newly-chosen tumultuous life, studded with hard-learned lessons, love triangles, oysters, cocaine, champagne, friendship and pain.  Complex and relatable, Sweetbitter has just the right amount of drama for poolside reading.

Beach Colors
by Shelley Noble

When a former New York fashion designer returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown for a life reboot, she finds a new world of unexpected possibilities-including romance with the local police officer.  The beach imagery in this read is realistically picturesque, and will have you waiting to crawl into the pages of this charming story as you follow the adventures of its relatable (we’ve all been there) heroine.

On the Island
by Tracey Garvis Graves

This addictive, can’t put-it-down read has it all-including delicious tropical island imagery.  When two unlikely passengers crash land onto a deserted island in the Maldives, they must learn how to survive as castaways in a beautiful, yet dangerously primitive environment full of the unknown.  And if sandy white beaches, sharks, tropical storms, suspense and drama aren’t enough, there is romance thrown in as well.

The Summer of Good Intentions
by Wendy Francis

When three sisters come together over the summer at the family’s Cape Cod home, everyone arrives with plenty of baggage and drama to keep readers glued to this complex story of love and forgiveness.   Relationships are strained, secrets are divulged and hearts are broken, only to be healed again.  This tale of family and the strength of sisterly bonds is heartfelt and compelling, with plenty of beachy feels too.

Happy reading,
xoxo, kp

In the queue…

There are so many books in my Amazon shopping list right now (click book to purchase from Amazon)…

The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
Set in the most magical parts of Manhattan-the Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village- The Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family.  During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowley’s sharply define characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted and pasts reconciled.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.
Available March 22nd

The Assistants by Camille Perri
A wry and astute debut novel about a young Manhatanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.

available on May 3rd

Addicted to Kindle,
xoxo, kp

The Swans of Fifth Avenue

I have been waiting for this book to release for weeks! So excited to read this one…

The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s – and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends – the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a high-profile husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman – a woman desperately longing for true love and connection. 
Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller – even when the stories aren’t his to tell. 

Truman’s fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, he’ll ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of America’s most sumptuous eras.

To purchase this book, click here.

The Swans are Amazing,
xoxo, kp

Luckiest Girl Alive

Last week, I devoured this funny book by Jessica Knoll.  My reading list is not up to date and this has been out for a while, but I did see it on Goop’s Summer reading list, so that was enough of an endorsement for me.

The story is about a girl from Pennsylvania, just outside the Main Line, who moves to New York and has managed to re-invent herself.  She has all the trappings of a life she always wanted until her past comes creeping back into her present.  The book is an easy, fun read and the writing is sharp and full of interesting details.
The main character Ani uses her acerbic wit to characterize girls in New York but makes clear that she is above all the nonsense and that she was smart enough to know not “to parade around a monstrous Louis Vuitton like it was the eighth wonder of the world.”  I laughed out loud at that one.

Reese Witherspoon is set to produce the movie, so if you are not in the reading mood these days, you can most likely watch the movie in the near future .  You can read this great article about the author and how she hooked up with Reese here.  You can purchase the book here.

Feeling lucky,
xoxo kp

Post Summer Reading

I am stocking my bookshelves again because my “have not read” pile is getting low. These are the books on Amazon that have peaked my interest. The discount on Amazon is so unbelievable, I find it very difficult to buy a book full price at a book store. On a recent trip, I realized that I forgot to pack any books and had to buy one at the almost killed me!

Thin Rich Pretty

The Importance of Being Married

The Atlas of Love

Rich Boy

and Last Night at the Chateau Marmont

This one was in my summer pile and I tried so hard to get into it but..Dominick Dunne usually writes about real people and I found myself so distracted reading this trying to figure out who he was talking about! So crazy, but I couldn’t finish it and shipped it home from Newport!

Happy Reading! xo

Summer Reading..My Eclectic List

I am still trying to make my way through my stack of unread books, but it is dwindling. Up next, a few purchases ready to go from Amazon…and a few classics I highly reccomend.

Dying to read this, love Jill Kargman and praying that somewhere I am still on a mailing list for her visit to Miami on her book tour. On her last visit, I brought her a crystal bracelet and she and I became BFF right away. Right after, I received a thank you note from her on the thickest stationery I have ever felt (Kate Spade), engraved and with her teensy tiny perfect handwriting, complete with small illustrations. She is fabulous and very, very funny. This book is sure to be gooood.

The Second of my all time favs. I actually laughed out loud reading this book and when the sequel, The First Assistant came out, I bought it and read it in one day. I love books about normal people moving to Los Angeles and just being themselves amidst the Hollywood craziness. You will fall in love Elizabeth and want to pack your bags immediately.

The Seven Year Bitch..I just like the name.

My all time favorite book, Kane and Abel. The mini-series with Sam Neil is so fun to watch after you have read the book. When cleaning out some books in my apartment, I realized that I owned 4 copies of this book…and have read it over and over.

Another all time favorite, Jemima J by Jane Green. I found this book on a whim several years ago and told a few friends about it. We decided to have an impromtu book club to discuss the book and 7 girls squeezed around my dining room table literally discussing the entire story. It was so funny and, unfortunately the only meeting of that “book club”. I have joined several book clubs along the way but I never end up staying in them, I can’t read a book I don’t like and end up reading one chapter and then returning the book if I don’t like it. My friend Zaria is in a very serious book club..with a waiting list. I have contemplated asking to be put on said list, but think it is just to see if I could really get in to this exclusive group, not necessarily because I want to actually join the group and read their choice of books…

And last but not least, my newest book, Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush. I am so bummed that I missed seeing her and Jenna at Books & Books in Coral Gables while I was out of town. Camille and Denie waited in line FOREVER but got to meet her..with all the Secret Service looking Laura Bush.

A cautionary tale for online book purchasers…a couple of years ago, I found a book at an airport and read it by the time I reached my destination across the country. I begged my cousin to drive me to the local bookstore to buy another book from this author, just loving her writing style. I found one and read it and became obsessed with the author. When I got home, I looked her up on Amazon Marketplace and ordered every book written by her. When all 8 arrived, I soon realized that I basically ordered 4 books with the American title and the same 4 books with the British title. So annoying but a good lesson to learn!

kp’s reading list

So the bookshelves were attached to the wall last night, but now I am trying to figure out how to arrange all 3,000 boooks, just kidding, more like 400. There are some new books coming out that I am dying to read. I thought I would share a few new titles and a few of my old favorites. p.s. I am reading the Mrs. Ex-Hedge Fund, it is really cute.

One of my favorite all time books is Jemima J by Jane Green. All my friends read it and it was the topic of our one and only book club meeting. Jane Green’s latest book is on my list, just in time for summer reading, Beach House.

I grabbed the Go-To Girl at an airport a long time ago and loved it so much, I went straight to Borders and bought all the books by Louise Bagshawe, the author. She just came out with a new book called “Glamour: A Novel”.

Don’t laugh, but I went a little crazy with this one. Borders only had 2 other books so I ordered the rest of the books by her from I didn’t realize that the European versions of books sometimes have different titles, so I have double the Louise Bagshawe books. I felt so stupid!

Gilding Lilly by Tatiana Boncompagni is sitting in my to-read pile. I heard it was good and she just came out with a new book yesterday called Hedge Fund Wives.

I will post a picture of my new shelves in the next couple of days. They look unbelievable and I couldn’t be happier with my purchases from Ikea.