Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

Much like the cultures and individuals encompassed by the umbrella term "AAPI," the books we're highlighting today are incredibly diverse.  These are books from Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian authors & stories exploring AAPI themes and histories, spanning continents, centuries, and genres.





Green Frog  Yellowface Memory Piece Happiness Falls On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous All This Could Be Different Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi The East Indian by Brinda Charry Four Treasures of the Sky Jenny Tinghui Zhang Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See  The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Scattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama When We Were Sisters by Fatimah Asghar

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Memoir & Autobiography

Mott Street Year of the Tiger What My Bones Know They Called Us Exceptional 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows by Ai Weiwei Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang Dream Pop Origami by Jackson Bliss The Girl Who Said Goodbye by Heather Allen Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H Making a Scene by Constance Wu Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami Stay True by Hua Hsu Vessel by Cai Chongda

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

 The Fervor The Fox Wife A View from the StarsBabel by R. F. Kuang Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling Chlorine by Jade Song Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki Phoenix Extravagant She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan Siren Queen The Paper Menagerie

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Lies and Weddings How to End a Love Story 888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie Circling Back to You by Julie Tieu The Comeback by Lily Chu The Do-Over by Suzanne Park Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutano The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

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Mystery & Thriller

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers To Have and to Heist You Know What You Did Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen Death Doesn't Forget by Ed Lin Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng The Verifiers by Jane Pek Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

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Short Stories

Green Frog Green Frog Green Frog Afterparties Interpreter of Maladies The Partition Sleeping Alone The Sorrow of Others by Ada Zhang The Tangleroot Palace

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The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save us From the Void From From: Poems Ward Toward Habitat Threshold by Craig Santos Perez Letters to a Young Brown Girl by Barbara Jane Reyes Line and Light by Jeffrey Yanga Nachoem M. Wijnberg, translated by David Colmer Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen Pidgin Eye by Joe Balaz Return Flight by Jennifer Huang Yellow Rain by Mai der Vang Your Emergency Contact Has Landed by Chen Chen

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Joyfull Ghosts of HonoluluMister Jiu's Chinatown Stranger in the Shogun's City The Fishermen and the Dragon Asian American Histories of the United States by Catherine Ceniza Choy Behind the Beautiful Flowers by Katherine Boo From a Native Daughter by Haunani-Kay Trask Hiroshima Notes by Kenzaburo Oe Indigenous Pacific Islander Eco-Literatures The Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian Kang The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides Sea People by Christina Thompson The Woks of Life by Bill, Judy, Sarah, and Kaitlin Leung

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For Young Adults

In Limbo Rules for Rule Breaking Dar Wendy Stay With My Heart Forget Me NotA Clash of Steel by C. B. Lee From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed I'll Be the One by Lydia Lee Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao Jasime Zumideh Needs a Win by Susan Azim Boyer Messy Roots by Laura Gao Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo This Place Is Still Beautiful by Xixi Tian We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

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For the Kids

Middle Grade:

Ghost Book You Are Here Shakti Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards The Cobra's Song by Supriya Kelkar Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim The Many Masks of Andy Zhou by Jack Cheng New from Here by Kelly Yang Nikhil Out Loud by Maulik Pancholy Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang The Secret Battle of Evan Pao by Wendy Wan-Long Shang When Clouds Touch Us by Thanhha Lai You Are Here by Various Authors Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao


Picture Books:

We Who Produce Pearls Tokyo Night Parade Aloha Everything Piper Chen Sings This is Not My Home Maribel's Year Amazing by Maia and Alex Shibutani Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance by Kat Zhang Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia by Jenny Liao Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho I Am Golden by Eva Chen Ramen for Everyone by Patricia Tanumihardja Watercress by Andrea Wang Yes We Will by Kelly Yang


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