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Dinner on Monster Island: Essays By Tania De Rozario Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063299665
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 6th, 2024

Monsters in real life are rarely as easy to identify as those in movies. Tania De Rozario grew up queer, brown and fat in a society that demonized these characteristics and encouraged conformity. From the gay exorcism her mother orchestrated to the mandatory weight loss program in Singapore elementary schools, the author retains and solidifies her own unapologetic identity while musing on the role of women in horror films. 


Review by Natalie

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Small Beauty By Jiaqing Wilson-Yang Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780994047120
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Published: Metonymy Press - May 13th, 2016

Small but oh, so mighty. A heartbreaking and mending meditation on grief, ancestors, race, loss, and life. wilson-yang's lyricism and care lingers as I'm left to ponder the beauty and gift of the time and space we're given to spend with the families we're born into and the families we make, choose, and find. 


Review by Sofia

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Every Drop is a Man's Nightmare By Megan Kamalei Kakimoto Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781639731169
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 29th, 2023

One of the stories in this collection, Madwomen, is about a single mother raising her part Hawaiian son in West O’ahu after his father leaves. She is a wonderful character, full of self doubt, wondering how she can raise a son all alone in an ever-changing world. She is unsure how she can teach her son anything, and yet, there is a love that shines through every gorgeously written sentence. It is truly a perfectly crafted story, as are the other ten in this beautiful collection that honors the real voices of Hawai’i.


Review by Kalani

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Asian American Histories of the United States (ReVisioning History #7) By Catherine Ceniza Choy Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807012710
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Published: Beacon Press - April 25th, 2023

An expansive, but very readable, collection of histories that many of us are not taught in school. Perfect for anyone interested in the story of our country.


Review by Connor

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Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam By Thien Pham Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250809728
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Published: First Second - June 20th, 2023

 

Family Style tells the story of Thien Pham's immigration to the United States from Vietnam using memories of food to tell his personal story. Each of the eight chapters in the book are titled after foods that Pham and his family ate during their migration and American assimilation. This beautiful all-ages graphic memoir proves the emotional power of the link both food and memory have over us. 


Review by Kalani

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American Born Chinese By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250811899
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Published: First Second - February 23rd, 2021

What does a monkey king, a new kid at school, the only Chinese kid at school, and a random character all have in common? They are all searching for a place to belong. 


Review by Alex

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The Chosen and the Beautiful By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250820129
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Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

What if The Great Tasby was set in a magical, alternate American Jazz age? Where magic reigns supreme in the upper echelons, deals are made with literal devils, and  relationships are still dramatic. Told through the eyes of Jordan, Daisy's best friend, a Vietnamese adoptee who has a magic and a love story to find of her own.


Review by Alex

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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In By Phuc Tran Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250826619
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

This is a story of finding. Of wanting. Of belonging. Of family, both found and chosen. Most of all, it is a funny, endearing, and touching. With a background of literary nods, and a skater punk "who gives a damn" aesthetic, I , a 40 something year old women, still found myself in these pages.


Review by Alex

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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

A little kid celebrates how her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her baby sister's. A beautiful book of belonging.


Review by Alex

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A Show for Two By Tashie Bhuiyan Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781335429209
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Published: Inkyard Press - April 25th, 2023

Can a book be a hug? This book is a hug, a book about familiar expectations, a life plan, sibling love, and a sweet love side story. Follow Mina as she navigates through following her dreams, and enjoy her discovery of how she finds her happiness. 


Review by Alex

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