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May Book Display

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Overdrive Books

Strangers from a Different Shore

Strangers from a Different Shore

In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, and oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans.  

The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing and the power of our own stories.

Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee--fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama--this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.

The Making of Asian America

The Making of Asian America

The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present day. 

All You Can Ever Know

All You Can Ever Know

All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets-vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

How We Disappeared

How We Disappeared

Drawing in part on her family's experiences, Jing-Jing Lee has crafted a profoundly moving, unforgettable novel about human resilience, the bonds of family and the courage it takes to confront the past.

The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists.  

The Last Story of Mina Lee

The Last Story of Mina Lee

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong.

The Mountains Sing

The Mountains Sing

The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.  

The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

The Leavers

The Leavers

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.       

The Undressing

The Undressing

Lee draws from disparate sources including the Old Testament, the Dao De Jing, and the music of the Wu-Tang Clan. While the ostensive subjects of these layered, impassioned poems are wide-ranging, their driving engine is a burning need to understand our collective human mission.

Days of Distraction

Days of Distraction

Equal parts tender and humorous, and told in spare but powerful prose, Days of Distraction is an offbeat coming-of-adulthood tale, a touching family story, and a razor-sharp appraisal of our times.

Little Gods

Little Gods

 A story of migrations literal and emotional, spanning time, space and class, Little Gods is a sharp yet expansive exploration of the aftermath of unfulfilled dreams, an immigrant story in negative that grapples with our tenuous connections to memory, history, and self.

Last Boat Out of Shanghai

Last Boat Out of Shanghai

The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China's 1949 Communist revolution. 

L. A. Son

L. A. Son

Abounding with both the food and the stories that gave rise to Choi's inspired cooking, L.A. Son takes us through the neighborhoods and streets most tourists never see.

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Searching for Sylvie Lee

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women--two sisters and their mother--in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge.

Middle Son

Middle Son

When Spencer Fujii's grandparents arrived in Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century, they brought Japanese customs with them. Five decades later, those traditional expectations still shape the lives of the Fujii family.    

The Kinship of Secrets

The Kinship of Secrets

Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.    

Harmless Like You

Harmless Like You

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Connecticut, and Berlin. At its heart is Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and her struggle with her decision to leave her two-year-old son, Jay.  

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