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Recommendations by Mira Jacob

We asked Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk and The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, to share a few of her favorite reads for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and beyond. Below are her words and recommendations.

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    Latitudes of Longing Book Cover Picture
    Latitudes of Longing Book Cover Picture

    Latitudes of Longing

    by Shubhangi Swarup

    Look, any novel that starts out with a wife waking her husband over the ghost of a dead goat is going to get my vote, and this lush, lyrical book will instantly unpeel you from the rooms you’ve been stuck in.
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    Latitudes of Longing Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Where Reasons End Book Cover Picture

    Where Reasons End

    by Yiyun Li

    It maybe impossible to explain the brilliant ache in this book, written in the months after Lee lost her son. In imagining the conversations that bridge the space between what we had and what we’ll never have again, she pushes language until it breaks and reforms into something else entirely.
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    Where Reasons End Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Minor Feelings

    by Cathy Park Hong

    It is astonishing to read a book and gasp as often as I did several months ago, reading Minor Feelings. Even more astonishing is how much more relevant it feels with every passing day.
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    Minor Feelings Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Marriage of a Thousand Lies

    by SJ Sindu

    Sri Lankan-American Lucky is gay, as is her husband, which means that they can both have the lives they want, as long as they’re willing to do it quietly, and live half-lives. If this seems like a set up for calamity and heartbreak, well, it is. But it’s terribly moving, too.
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    Marriage of a Thousand Lies Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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    The Woman Warrior Book Cover Picture

    The Woman Warrior

    by Maxine Hong Kingston

    I can still remember what it was like to hold and read this book for the first time, how tightly I gripped it, how much I realized might be possible for all of us who were not used to seeing ourselves in books.
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    The Woman Warrior Book Cover Picture

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    $15.95

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