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Asian & Pacific Islander American Fiction (and a little poetry) Books!

May is Asian & Pacific Islander American Book Month! 

Here are some of our new (and old favorites) fiction and poetry picks!

 #AAPIHeritageMonth

 

How to Pronounce Knife: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316422130
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 21st, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2020 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

“As the daughter of refugees, I’m able to finally see myself in stories.” —Angela So, Electric Literature

Named one of Time Magazine's Must-Read Books of 2020 and one of the best books of the month by The New York Times, Vanity FairSalon


The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


I Hotel Cover Image
By Karen Tei Yamashita, Jessica Hagedorn (Introduction by), Karen Tei Yamashita (Preface by)
$19.76
ISBN: 9781566895453
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 8th, 2019

Dazzling and ambitious, this multivoiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America's struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco near the end of the 1960s.


America Is Not the Heart: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735222427
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Published: Penguin Books - April 2nd, 2019

Named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, Real Simple, Lit Hub, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post, Kirkus Reviews, and The New York Public Library 


Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$15.30
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Maybe it’s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma’s offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

"A stunning, audacious book with a fresh take on both office politics and what the apocalypse might bring." Michael Schaub, NPR.org


The Palace of Illusions: A Novel Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781400096206
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Published: Anchor - February 10th, 2009

Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga.


Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780374272081
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Published: MCD - March 3rd, 2020

Named one of the Best Books of 2020 by the New York Times (#30), Amazon, Oprah Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, BBC Culture, Good Housekeeping, Third Place Books, and Powell's Books.


How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE 2020 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION "5 UNDER 35" HONOREE

A GOOP Book Club Pick


The Necessary Hunger Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781617756696
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Published: Akashic Books - March 5th, 2019

A Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet "Best of the Bunch" Fiction Pick


My Baby First Birthday Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781947793811
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Published: Tin House Books - May 12th, 2020

"To read Jenny Zhang is to embrace primal states: pleasure, hunger, longing and rage." —TIME


On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

An instant New York Times Bestseller! 

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award

Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 

Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction! 


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle).


Notes of a Crocodile (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781681370767
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 2nd, 2017

WINNER OF THE 2018 LUCIEN STRYK ASIAN TRANSLATION PRIZE



The English-language premiere of Qiu Miaojin's coming-of-age novel about queer teenagers in Taiwan, a cult classic in China and winner of the 1995 China Times Literature Award.

An NYRB Classics Original


For Today I Am a Boy Cover Image
By Kim Fu
$14.39
ISBN: 9780544538528
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Published: Mariner Books - March 10th, 2015

Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Winner
2015 PEN/ Hemingway Award, Finalist
Lambda Literary Award, Finalist
Longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for Spring 2014
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
Shortlisted for the Kobo Eme


The Secrets Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780062442215
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 25th, 2019

“The women at the heart of this novel inhabit the harsh world of the urban Indian poor, and struggle separately and together for dignity and survival. Thrity Umrigar has written a moving human tale that vividly brings to life both the women and the city of Mumbai.”—Salman Rushdie


The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781501154867
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Published: Scribner - March 10th, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A mesmerizing new historical novel” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Lisa See, the bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and devastating family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who c


The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$14.40
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians


Unmarriageable: A Novel Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780525486480
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

“This inventive retelling of Pride and Prejudice charms.”—People
 
“A fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR


Everything I Never Told You: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

The acclaimed debut novel by the author of Little Fires Everywhere

“A taut tale of ever deepening and quickening suspense." -O, the Oprah Magazine

"Explosive...Both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family." -Entertainment Weekly


The God of Small Things: A Novel Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008

The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER


My Year of Meats: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140280463
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 1999

A cross-cultural tale of two women brought together by the intersections of television and industrial agriculture, fertility and motherhood, life and love—the breakout hit by the celebrated author of A Tale for the Time Being


Home Remedies: Stories Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781984822741
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Published: Hogarth - May 14th, 2019

A FINALIST FOR THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY YOUNG LIONS FICTION AWARD • SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/ROBERT W.


The Mountains Sing Cover Image
$24.26
ISBN: 9781616208189
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 17th, 2020

A New York Times Editors’ Choice Selection

A Best Book of the Month/Season: The New York Times * The Washington Post * O, The Oprah Magazine * USA TodayReal Simple * Amazon PopSugar * Book Riot * Paperback Paris * She Reads We Are Booki


Miracle Creek: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781250251305
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Published: Picador - April 7th, 2020

WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

The “gripping… page-turner” (Time) hitting all the best of summer reading lists, Miracle Creek is perfect for book clubs and fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng


How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?


If I Had Your Face: A Novel Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780593129463
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2020

A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania
 


Marriage of a Thousand Lies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616959470
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Published: Soho Press - July 10th, 2018

“What a gorgeous, heartbreaking novel.”—Roxane Gay

A necessary and exciting addition to both the Sri Lankan-American and LGBTQ canons, SJ Sindu's debut novel offers a moving and sharply rendered​ exploration of friendship, family, love, and loss. 


Breasts and Eggs Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609455873
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Published: Europa Editions - April 7th, 2020

The story of three women by a writer hailed by Haruki Murakami as Japan's most important contemporary novelist, WINNER OF THE AKUTAGAWA PRIZE.

"Breasts and Eggs took my breath away."--HARUKI MURAKAMI

A BEST BOOK OF 2020
TIME MagazineThe New York TimesBook Riot


Soft Science Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938584992
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Published: Alice James Books - April 2nd, 2019

Paris Review Staff Pick

A Book Riot Must-Read Poetry Collection


When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin) Cover Image
By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by)
$14.40
ISBN: 9781942683339
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Published: BOA Editions - April 11th, 2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

WINNER OF THE THOM GUNN AWARD FOR GAY POETRY

WINNER OF THE GLCA NEW WRITERS AWARD

WINNER OF THE A. POULIN, JR. POETRY PRIZE


Night Sky with Exit Wounds Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

One of the most celebrated poetry books of the year:


Ban En Banlieue Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781937658243
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Published: Nightboat Books - January 6th, 2015

An evocative exploration of body and politics by one of our most exciting innovative writers. Bhanu Kapil's Ban en Banlieue follows a brown (black) girl as she walks home from school in the first moments of a riot. An April night in London, in 1979, is the axis of this startling work of overlapping arcs and varying approaches.