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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

 

A World Between Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936932955
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Published: Feminist Press - September 15th, 2020

A college fling between two women turns into a lifelong connection--and spells out a new kind of love story for a millennial, immigrant America.

"A sweetly poignant look at the transformative power of young love." --O, The Oprah Magazine


How to Pronounce Knife: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316422123
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 27th, 2021

A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award, 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.


The Parted Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938235771
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Published: Hub City Press - May 4th, 2021

Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti's debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the Partition of India on the lives of three generations of women.


The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250750303
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Published: Tordotcom - March 24th, 2020

A 2021 Finalist for the Hugo Award | the Locus Award | the Ignyte Award

Winner of the 2020 Crawford Award!

"Dangerous, subtle, unexpected and familiar, angry and ferocious and hopeful... The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a remarkable accomplishment of storytelling."—NPR


Things We Lost to the Water: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780593317952
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

Named one of the “Fifteen Books to Watch for in May” by The New York Times

“Nguyen’s narrative strikes a very elusive balance: vast in scale and ambition, while luscious and inviting — enchanting, really — in its intimacy.”
—Bryan Washington, The New York Times Book Review


Folklorn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781645660163
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Published: Erewhon - April 27th, 2021

A genre-defying, continents-spanning saga of Korean myth, scientific discovery, and the abiding love that binds even the most broken of families.

Elsa Park is a particle physicist at the top of her game, stationed at a neutrino observatory in the Antarctic, confident she's put enough distance between her ambitions and the family ghosts she's run from all her life.


The Mermaid from Jeju: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643854403
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Published: Alcove Press - December 8th, 2020

A POPSUGAR Best Book of December 2020
An AMAZON Editors Pick December 2020
A SHE READS Best Historical Fiction Novel Winter 2021
A BUSTLE Most Anticipated Winter 2021 Read
A LIBRO.FM Influencer Pick, December 2020


Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593201671
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Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2021

One of BuzzFeed’s Highly Anticipated Mystery Novels of 2021!

The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer....


Gold Diggers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984882035
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Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

*A Good Morning America Buzz Pick * Soon to be a series produced by Mindy Kaling * New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * A Vox Bookclub Pick* 

“Dizzyingly original, fiercely funny, deeply wise.” —Celeste Ng, #1 bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere


Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250787316
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Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021

WINNER OF THE 2020 PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL.


Your House Will Pay: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062868848
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

“[A] suspense-filled page-turner.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer


Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062834324
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 8th, 2020

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick & Emma Roberts Belletrist Book Club Pick!


Are You Enjoying?: Stories Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781524732875
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

An exhilarating debut by a young writer from Pakistan: provocative, funny, disarmingly original stories that upend traditional notions of identity and family, and peer into the vulnerable workings of the human heart.


Bestiary: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593132593
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Published: One World - June 1st, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE • Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.


The Committed Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

The sequel to The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide, The Committed tells the story of "the man of two minds" as he comes as a refugee to France and turns his hand to capitalism


Angel & Hannah: A Novel in Verse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593134320
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Published: One World - May 11th, 2021

The sweeping, unforgettable story of an interracial couple in 1990s New York City who are determined to protect their love against all odds—a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet

“Triumphant . . . sensuous, tender, and faceted like cut glass.”—Cathy Park Hong, award-winning author of Minor Feelings


Burnt Sugar: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419752926
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 26th, 2021

The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
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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)
$21.95
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.


Land of Big Numbers: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358272557
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Published: Mariner Books - February 2nd, 2021

"Dazzling...Riveting." New York Times Book Review

"Chen has one of the year's big debut books." Philadelphia Inquirer

“Gripping and illuminating . . .


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
$17.00
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
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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.


How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525537212
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES  NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

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


The Necessary Hunger Cover Image
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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


On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

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
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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
$15.99
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 Emerging Writ


The Secrets Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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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
$17.00
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
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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
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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
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ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An affluent Indian family is forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


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 and The Book of Form and Emptiness


Home Remedies: Stories Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9781643751351
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 16th, 2021

The International Bestseller
A New York Times Editors’ Choice Selection
A Winner of the 2020 Lannan Literary Awards Fellowship

"[An] absorbing, stirring novel . . .


Miracle Creek: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9780593129487
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 13th, 2021

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)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

A BEST BOOK OF 2020
TIME MagazineThe AtlanticBook RiotElectric LiteratureThe New York Times (Notable Book of the Year)

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


Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel Cover Image
By Cho Nam-Joo, Jamie Chang (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781631498671
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Published: Liveright - March 2nd, 2021

A New York Times Editors Choice Selection

A global sensation, Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 “has become...a touchstone for a conversation around feminism and gender” (Sarah Shin, Guardian).


Some Are Always Hungry (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496222183
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2020

Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Some Are Always Hungry chronicles a family’s wartime survival, immigration, and heirloom trauma through the lens of food, or the lack thereof.


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

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


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


The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643620367
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Published: Nightboat Books - February 2nd, 2021

The poems in The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void read like dispatches from the dream world, with Jackie Wang acting as our trusted comrade reporting across time and space. By sharing her personal index of dreams with its scenes of solidarity and resilience, interpersonal conflict and outlaw jouissance, Wang embodies historical trauma and communal memory.


Obit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595745
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 7th, 2020

The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020

Time Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

NPR's Best Books of 2020

National Book Award in Poetry, Longlist

Frank Sanchez Book Award


Cleave Cover Image
By Nobile
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938235757
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Published: Hub City Press - April 6th, 2021

In her debut collection, Tiana Nobile grapples with the history of transnational adoption, both her own from South Korea and the broader, collective experience.


Arrow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948579117
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Published: Alice James Books - September 8th, 2020

Contemplative poems write a contentious love letter to a flawed world.


"In poems that focus on gender and race-based violence, environmental destruction, and grief, Chakraborty investigates the unknown, unexpected, and unexplained." --Publishers Weekly


When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin) Cover Image
By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by)
$16.00
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
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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
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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.


If They Come for Us: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509783
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Published: One World - August 7th, 2018

“A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice.”—Booklist
“Elegant and playful . . . The poet invents new forms and updates classic ones.”—Elle


Letters to a Young Brown Girl (American Poets Continuum #182) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781950774173
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Published: BOA Editions - September 22nd, 2020

Barbara Jane Reyes answers the questions of Filipino American girls and young women of color with bold affirmations of hard-won empathy, fierce intelligence, and a fine-tuned B.S. detector.


Queer Heartache: Poems Cover Image
By Kit Yan
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ISBN: 9780985110529
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Published: Trans-Genre Press - March 30th, 2016

Queer Heartache is a full length poetry collection adapted from Kit Yan's award-winning one-person slam poetry theater show with the same name. Kit's poetry explores his identity as transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii, while asking what queer hearts and families are made of and interrogating the forces that are constantly working to break them apart.