book review: stay true by hua hsu

Rating: Format: ebook & audiobook Page Count: 192 Genre: nonfiction memoir synopsis. In the eyes of eighteen-year-old Hua Hsu, the problem with Ken—with his passion for Dave Matthews, Abercrombie & Fitch, and his fraternity—is that he is exactly like everyone else. Ken, whose Japanese American family has been in the United States for generations, is mainstream; for Hua, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, who makes ’zines and haunts Bay Area record shops, Ken…

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sapphic book recommendations | sapphics of color

This post is about some of my favorite sapphic books that highlight authors & characters of color! This is the first part of a series I’m working on to raise awareness of sapphic books NOT focused on white, cis, “feminine,” able-bodied, women.  📖 ”are you like the girls in the book too? because i think i am” – malinda lo, last night at the telegraph club I want to emphasize that…

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book review: homebody by rupi kaur

Rating: Format: physical book + ebook Page Count: 192 Genre: poetry synopsis. Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in home body, she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself – reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. Illustrated by the author,…

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book review: keya das’s second act by sopan deb

Rating: Format: physical book + audio book Page Count: 268 Genre: literary fiction Thank you Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this book! synopsis. A poignant, heartwarming, and charmingly funny debut novel about how a discovered box in the attic leads one Bengali American family down a path toward understanding the importance of family, even when splintered. Shantanu Das is living in the shadows of his past.…

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book review: good talk by mira jacob

Rating: Format: physical book Page Count: 349 Release Date: 03.26.2019 Genre: graphic novel memoir synopsis. Mira Jacob’s touching, often humorous, and utterly unique graphic memoir takes readers on her journey as a first-generation American. At an increasingly fraught time for immigrants and their families, Good Talk delves into the difficult conversations about race, sex, love, and family that seem to be unavoidable these days. Inspired by her popular BuzzFeed piece “37 Difficult Questions from…

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book review: last night at the telegraph club by malinda lo

Rating: Format: Physical book + eBook Page Count: 416 Release Date: 01.19.2021 Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction synopsis. A story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare.“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be…

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book review: all my rage by sabaa tahir

Rating: Format: Physical book + Audio Book Page Count: 384 Release Date: 03.01.2022 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary synopsis. Lahore, Pakistan. Then. Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start. Juniper, California. Now. Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends;…

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