Reads for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by reading a few of the many writings by and about Asian and Pacific Americans and their heritage and cultures.  These are all in ebook format on Overdrive/Libby.

{0563DCD8-0685-4AF6-8B54-9932AB3BBA0B}Img100A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.

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.

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

A “beautiful and eye-opening” (Jacqueline Woodson), “hilarious and heart-rending” (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us.

{B8D7962C-F51A-4EBB-8216-BB94A96E8469}Img100Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan

A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century.

Home Remedies: Stories by Xuan Juliana Wang

This debut introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth. From fuerdai (second-generation rich kids) to a glass-swallowing qigong grandmaster, these dazzling, formally inventive stories upend the immigrant narrative to reveal a new experience of belonging: of young people testing the limits of who they are, in a world as vast and varied as their ambitions.

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.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

A deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

{C1311F3C-15BA-4064-B094-A894BF31F0D8}Img100The 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…

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Set in both India and America, this is a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

A fearless and provocative blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and history that exposes fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America.by a poet, essayist and daughter of Korean immigrants.

Moloka’i:A Novel by Alan Brennert

The story of Rachel Kalama, a young native Hawaiian girl growing up in Honolulu at the end of the19th century, who at age seven is diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, taken from her family, and exiled to the leprosy settlement on a remote peninsula on the island of Molokai.

{5B12A655-793B-45DB-B157-49FE1871DE00}Img100Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, this magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen

Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a searing appraisal of race and a path forward for the next not quite not white generation —a witty and sharply honest story of discovering that not-whiteness can be the very thing that makes us American.

Passage West by Rishi Reddi

A sweeping, vibrant first novel following a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, revealing a little-known part of California history

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers

The deeply reported story of one indelible family transplanted from rural China to New York City, forging a life between two worlds.

{15D7D4C8-2975-4C03-94D7-A122659D678F}Img100The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

In these powerful stories, written over a period of twenty years and set in both Vietnam and America, Nguyen paints a vivid portrait of the experiences of people leading lives between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth.

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.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

In this one-of-a-kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.

Hoopla has several viewing choices to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage.

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Livingston, NJ 07039, USA

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