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Many of these 12 books are known to avid readers and others may be under-the-radar discoveries.
Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang is a New York Times best-seller list. It’s described as “the moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world.”
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka is a national bestseller from the award-winning author of The Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine. The Swimmers is the story of Alice, a woman slowly losing her memory. When a crack in a neighborhood pool denies her the comfort and fellowship of her fellow swimmers and leaves her only with the memories of her childhood and the Japanese American incarceration camp in which she spent the war.
Time is a Mother is from Ocean Vuong. It’s a New York Times bestselling collection of poems from the winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow.
A Show for Two is a young adult romance novel by Bangladeshi American author Tashie Bhuiyan featuring an indie film star who goes undercover at a local school and becomes the affection of an aspiring screenwriter.
Get this boxed set from Sandhya Menon featuring When Dimple Met Rishi, There’s Something about Sweetie and 10 Things I Hate about Pinky. Menon is a New York Times bestselling author and this collection is a good representation of her work.
Simu Liu’s We were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story is Liu’s true life tale of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role as Shang Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings.
Mike Chen’s Star Wars Brotherhood is a New York Times bestseller featuring fan favorites Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in the midst of raging Clone Wars that takes place after Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
Crying in H Mart is the best-selling novel by Michelle Zauner from the Indie rock band Japanese Breakfast. It’s the story of family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American.
Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now is a New York Times Bestseller from Jeff Yang, Phil Yu and Philip Wang. It’s the ultimate look at Asian American pop culture of the 90s, 2000s and 2010s.
Dear Girls by comedian Ali Wong is another New York Times bestseller. Dear Girls is described as a collection of heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughter.
All This Could Be Different from Sarah Thankham Mathews is longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction. It’s a saga of queer love and friendship centered around a young immigrant building a life for herself.
How High We Go in the Dark is a national bestseller from Sequoia Nagamatsu and is shortlisted for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction. Humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a climate plague while scientist search for a cure for the arctic plague amidst grieving over the loss of their own loved ones.
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Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner goes in search of his Chinese American mother, a poet who left the family without a trace when he was just nine. Authorities have been relocating children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin as laws have been set up to preserve “American culture.” Libraries are also removing books seen as unpatriotic.
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