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May is Asian American Heritage Month

In 1978, Congress declared May as Asian American Heritage Month to honor the amazing contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  We’ve put together some novels, essays, and a fantastic how-to book by some incredible Asian American authors.  Find a new-to-you author with us!

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

This mysterious, debut novel follows Ren Ishida as he tries to uncover the truth about his sister’s murder.  To place this book on hold, click here.


On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Set in the near, dystopian future, this novel tells the story of Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who has to leave her home to try and find her boyfriend when he goes missing.  To place this book on hold, click here.


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel : Essays by Alexander Chee

This beautiful collection of essays talk about Chee’s education, issues of today, and the meaning of art and identity.  It really cements Chee’s membership on the list of important writers of the 2010’s.  To place this book on hold, click here.


And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Set in 1952 Afghanistan, Hosseini tells the story of two siblings who must cross the desert with their father.  To place this book on hold, click here.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

No list of Asian American authors would be complete without a novel by the incomparable Lisa See.  The story of a mother and daughter separated, this lovely book tells the story of the Akha people who farm tea in a remote village.  To place this book on hold, click here.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This fascinating saga follows a Korean family through multiple generations, after a beloved daughter has an unplanned pregnancy and is forced to move to Japan.  To place this book on hold, click here.


Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

This set of historical graphic novels tells the story of the Boxer Rebellion from both sides.  You can start with either book.  To place Boxers on hold, click here.  To place Saints on hold, click here.

Make Up:  Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success – Online and Off by Michelle Phan

Youtube star Michelle Phan has collected her best advice, stories, and lessons into the book her fans have been asking for. It includes her trademark beauty and style tips and tutorials, as well as stories from her life and advice on the topics her fans ask her about most, including exercise, diet, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

The third book in the Crazy Rich Asians series, this novel is fun and full of drama.  When family matriarch Su Yi falls ill, it seems the entire Shang-Young family shows up to take care of her, hoping to cash in on her wealth.  To place this book on hold, click here.


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