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Asian American Pacific Islander
Posted on May 13, 2020 at 7:35 AM by Maggie Witte
May is dedicated to celebrating the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. During this month, we recognize the achievements and contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to society and culture. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have pulled together this group of books for you to experience. Make one (or more) of these your next read.
All you can ever know: a memoir
by Nicole Chung
Annotation: The Korean author reflects on the story of her adoption by a white family, the sacrifices her biological family made, the prejudice she faced growing up, and her curiosity about her origins. Recounts her search for her biological family while starting a family of her own. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan
Annotation: Nicholas Young brings his girlfriend Rachel Chu home to Singapore to meet his wealthy family. But Rachel finds herself unable to cope with his rich and spiteful relatives--especially his mother. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.
Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad
by Gordon H. Chang
Annotation: An account of the role of Chinese workers in building the Transcontinental Railroad. Draws on research to recover the workers' stories and celebrate their contributions to the remaking of America. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
Annotation: Elena Richardson and her family lead an orderly existence in Shaker Heights, Ohio, until Mia and her daughter rent a house from them. When a neighbor tries to adopt a baby, Elena and Mia end up on opposing sides of the custody battle. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
On earth we’re briefly gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
Annotation: A son writes letters to his illiterate mother to unearth his family's history--going back to before he was born when his family lived in Vietnam--while at the same time revealing things about himself of which his mother is unaware. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019.
Dear girls: Intimate tales, untold secrets & advice for living your best life
by Ali Wong
Annotaiton: A stand-up comedian presents a memoir by way of letters to her daughters. She conveys lessons they need to learn about life, such as the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019.
The white devil’s daughters: The women who fought slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown
by Julia Flynn Siler
Annotation: A history of the trafficking of young Asian girls in San Francisco during the first century of Chinese immigration and the "safe house" on the edge of Chinatown that became a refuge for those seeking freedom. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
by Min Jin Lee
Annotation: Sunja, the beloved daughter of a prominent Korean family, finds herself pregnant and abandoned by her lover. To save her family's reputation, she marries a tubercular minister and moves to Japan. She and her descendants deal with being separated from their homeland and never quite accepted. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
When Dimple met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
Annotation: Indian American teens Dimple and Rishi finally meet during a summer program called Insomnia Con. Dimple hopes to avoid her parents' obsession with future marriage prospects, while Rishi plans to woo her into accepting an arranged marriage with him. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.
Mariam Sharma hits the road
by Sheba Karim
Annotation: After her freshman year at college, Mariam plans a summer with her best friends, Ghaz and Umar. But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard, the three embark on a road trip to escape Ghaz's furious Pakistani American parents. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.
The astonishing color of after
by Emily X.R. Pan
Annotation: After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she has never met. She is determined to find her mother, who she believes turned into a bird. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.
Frankly in love
by David Yoon
Annotation: High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love, or himself, at all. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.
To all the boys I’ve loved before
by Jenny Han
Annotation: Lara Jean secretly writes love letters to the five boys she has loved and hides them in a special teal hatbox. One day, however, those letters are mysteriously sent. For senior high and older readers. 2014.
Patron saints of nothing
by Randy Ribay
Annotation: When seventeen-year-old Jay learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.
My Chinatown: One Year in Poems
by Kam Mak
Annotation: A boy adjusts to city life away from his home in Hong Kong, in the Chinatown of his new American city. For grades 2-4.
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
by Jenny Han
Annotation: Korean American third-grader Clara Lee enters the Little Miss Apple Pie contest to ride a float in the town parade. But she worries that she is not American enough to win and wonders if she can make a speech in front of the whole school. For grades 2-4. 2011.
The House that Lou Built
by Mae Respicio
Annotation: Longing for an escape from her extended Filipino family, Lou plans to build a tiny house on land she inherited from her father, but difficulties quickly arise. For grades 4-7. 2018.
Where the mountain meets the moon
by Grace Lin
Annotation: Minli, an adventurous girl, lives in a poor Chinese village near Fruitless Mountain. Inspired by her father's stories, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon to restore the mountain's bounty. Along the way, Minli encounters magical creatures, including a helpful dragon. For grades 3-6. Newbery Honor Book. 2009.
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