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Must-Read Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by reading a few of the many stories by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage and cultures. From Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Warrior Woman to Elaine Castillo’s America is Not the Heart, discover beloved classics and contemporary favorites that have shaped the culture and history of America. If you’re looking for more recommendations, check out book picks by C Pam Zhang and Mira Jacob as well.

And join us on May 27 for a a night of cooking and conversations with the Boba Guys, Archana Mundhe, Andrea Nguyen, Anita Lo, Alana Kysar, and Deuki Hong. Find more information here.

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    The Farm Book Cover Picture

    The Farm

    by Joanne Ramos

    Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside.
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    $17.00

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    The Joy Luck Club

    by Amy Tan

    Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club.
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    The Joy Luck Club Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Interior Chinatown

    by Charles Yu

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    Interior Chinatown Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.95

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    The Lowland

    by Jhumpa Lahiri

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    The Lowland Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Unmarriageable

    by Soniah Kamal

    Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. Told with wry wit and colorful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.
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    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    The Kiss Quotient Book Cover Picture
    The Kiss Quotient Book Cover Picture

    The Kiss Quotient

    by Helen Hoang

    Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old…
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    The Kiss Quotient Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Green Island

    by Shawna Yang Ryan

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    Green Island Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Chemistry

    by Weike Wang

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    Chemistry Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Dear Girls

    by Ali Wong

    Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.
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    Dear Girls Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Patron Saints of Nothing Book Cover Picture

    Patron Saints of Nothing

    by Randy Ribay

    A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder. As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
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    Patron Saints of Nothing Book Cover Picture

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    $10.99

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    Arrival

    by Ted Chiang

    In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.
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    Exhalation Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Know My Name

    by Chanel Miller

    Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
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    Know My Name Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    America Is Not the Heart Book Cover Picture

    America Is Not the Heart

    by Elaine Castillo

    An increasingly relevant story told with startling lucidity, humor, and an uncanny ear for the intimacies and shorthand of family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history.
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    America Is Not the Heart Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Home Remedies

    by Xuan Juliana Wang

    The twelve stories in Xuan Juliana Wang’s remarkable debut collection capture the unheard voices of a new generation of Chinese youth. A generation for whom the Cultural Revolution is a distant memory, WeChat is king, and life glitters with the possibility of love, travel, technology, and, above all, new identities.
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    Home Remedies Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.00

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    This Is Paradise

    by Kristiana Kahakauwila

    In a stunning collection that announces the arrival of an incredible talent, Kristiana Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai’i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local and tourist, tradition and expectation, façade and authentic self, This Is Paradise provides an unforgettable portrait of life as it’s truly being lived on Maui, Oahu, Kaua’i and the Big Island.
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    This Is Paradise Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    In the Country

    by Mia Alvar

    In these nine globe-trotting tales, Mia Alvar gives voice to the women and men of the Philippines and its diaspora. From teachers to housemaids, from mothers to sons, Alvar’s stories explore the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined. In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home—and marks the arrival of a formidable new voice in literature.
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    $16.95

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    Good Talk

    by Mira Jacob

    Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.
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    Good Talk Book Cover Picture

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    $20.00

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    Frankly in Love

    by David Yoon

    As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he’s forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don’t leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Frank thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he’s left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love—or himself—at all.
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    Frankly in Love Book Cover Picture

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    $10.99

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    Crazy Rich Asians (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Crazy Rich Asians

    by Kevin Kwan

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    Crazy Rich Asians (Movie Tie-In Edition) Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    A River of Stars

    by Vanessa Hua

    In a powerful debut about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman stakes a claim to the American dream in California. A River of Stars is a vivid examination of home and belonging and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her own future.
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    A River of Stars Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    How Much of These Hills Is Gold

    by C Pam Zhang

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    How Much of These Hills Is Gold Book Cover Picture

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    $26.00

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    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    by Jamie Ford

    In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe.
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    $17.00

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    New Waves Book Cover Picture

    New Waves

    by Kevin Nguyen

    With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and startup culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks: How well do we really know one another? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?
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    New Waves Book Cover Picture

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    $27.00

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    The Kingdom of Back Book Cover Picture

    The Kingdom of Back

    by Marie Lu

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    The Kingdom of Back Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    White Chrysanthemum

    by Mary Lynn Bracht

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    White Chrysanthemum Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Minor Feelings

    by Cathy Park Hong

    Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.
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    Minor Feelings Book Cover Picture

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    $27.00

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    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Book Cover Picture
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    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

    by Ocean Vuong

    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.
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    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Book Cover Picture

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    $26.00

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    Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

    by Roselle Lim

    Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.
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    Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    The Woman Warrior

    by Maxine Hong Kingston

    In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new form—an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities—immigrant, female, Chinese, American.
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    The Woman Warrior Book Cover Picture

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    $15.95

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    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In)

    by Celeste Ng

    From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    Little Fires Everywhere (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    A Little Life Book Cover Picture

    A Little Life

    by Hanya Yanagihara

    A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma.
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    A Little Life Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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