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8 Reads for AANHPI Month

In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have curated a list of starter reads to delve into all the vibrant stories this community has to offer. From captivating fiction, unforgettable memoirs, and stunning essays, there are plenty of options to explore all kinds of perspectives. Consider one of these books to help diversify your collection.


Disability Intimacy by Alice Wong

The much-anticipated follow up to the groundbreaking anthology Disability Visibility: another revolutionary collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience, and intimacy in all its myriad forms.

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9780593469903Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

The first short story collection by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and master of the form since her number one New York Times best seller Unaccustomed Earth. Rome—metropolis and monument, suspended between past and future, multi-faceted and metaphysical—is the protagonist, not the setting, of these nine stories

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9780593311035Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen

A captivating novel about an immigrant Vietnamese family who settles in New Orleans and struggles to remain connected to one another as their lives are inextricably reshaped. This stunning debut is “vast in scale and ambition, while luscious and inviting … in its intimacy” (The New York Times Book Review).

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9780593469361Green Frog by Gina Chung

From the author of Sea Change comes a short story collection that explores Korean American womanhood, bodies, animals, and transformation as a means of survival.

“The stories hit, each one, and land with such seeming perfection. Chung’s book sits next to my all-time favorite story collections by masters of the craft: Karen Russell, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, George Saunders, and Ted Chiang.”—Morgan Talty, award-winning author of Night of the Living Rez

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9781984898951Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American—“in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself” (NPR).

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9781101972083Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories—two published for the very first time—all from the mind of the incomparable author of Stories of Your Life and Others

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9780385547772Stay True by Hua Hsu

A gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art, by the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu

“This book is exquisite and excruciating and I will be thinking about it for years and years to come.” Rachel Kushner, New York Times bestselling author of The Flamethrowers and The Mars Room

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9781101872369Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan

A stunning, lyrical novel that tells “the story of how the Tsais, a Taiwanese family, survive the ‘February 28 Incident’ of 1947 and precariously navigate the decades that follow” (The New York Times).

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