May is Asian & Pacific Islander American Book Month!
Here are some of our new (and old favorites) fiction and poetry picks!
A 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Fiction and winner of the 2020 Giller Prize, this revelatory story collection honors characters struggling to find their bearings far from home, even as they do the necessary "grunt work of the world." A failed boxer painting nails at the local salon. A woman plucking feathers at a chicken processing plant.
Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize
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.
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
Maybe its 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 Mas 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
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.
A finalist for the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. Named one of the Best Books of 2020 by the New York Times (#30), the Guardian, the Boston Globe, Amazon, Oprah Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, BBC Culture, Good Housekeeping, LitHub, Spectrum Culture, Third Place Books, Powell's Books, and Barnes and Noble.
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF 2020
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE 2020 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
A Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet "Best of the Bunch" Fiction Pick
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020
A Best Read of 2020 at Ms. Magazine
"To read Jenny Zhang is to embrace primal states: pleasure, hunger, longing and rage." —TIME
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!
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).
$15.26ISBN: 9781681370767Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$14.39ISBN: 9780544538528Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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 Emerging WritEmail or call for priceISBN: 9780062442215Availability: Special OrderPublished: 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$16.20ISBN: 9781501154867Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$14.40ISBN: 9780143038092Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$14.40ISBN: 9780525486480Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$15.30ISBN: 9780143127550Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$16.20ISBN: 9780812979657Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$15.30ISBN: 9780140280463Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$22.50ISBN: 9781984822741Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Hogarth - May 14th, 2019
A FINALIST FOR THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY YOUNG LIONS FICTION AWARD • SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/ROBERT W.$24.26ISBN: 9781616208189Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Algonquin Books - March 17th, 2020
The International Bestseller
A New York Times Editors’ Choice SelectionA Winner of the 2020 Lannan Literary Awards Fellowship
A Best Book of 2020: NPR's Book Concierge * PopMatters * Washington Independent Review of Books * Real Simple * The Buzz Magazine * NB Magazine <$15.30ISBN: 9781250251305Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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?$24.30ISBN: 9780593129463Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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
$13.50ISBN: 9781616959470Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.Email or call for priceISBN: 9781609455873Availability: BackorderedPublished: 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$15.26ISBN: 9781938584992Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Alice James Books - April 2nd, 2019
Paris Review Staff Pick
A Book Riot Must-Read Poetry Collection$14.40ISBN: 9781942683339Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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
$14.40ISBN: 9781556594953Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016
One of the most celebrated poetry books of the year:$14.36ISBN: 9781937658243Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.