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Curated Recommendations

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As we begin to emerge into the wider world after more than a year of pandemic quarantine,
and we search for the energy to do the necessary continued work to improve our world,
we wanted to share a quick reminder of the studies that reading fiction can help improve empathy and potentially reduce hate.
(although it is just one of many important actions)

And share Charles Yu's recent Op-Ed in the LA TImes.

As well as Libro.fm's curated list of audio book recommendations.

We have compiled our incomplete list of suggested books by Asian-American and Asian-Canadian authors
including many California authors, below.

We welcome suggestions for additional books to share with the Creating Conversations community,
and we will continue to work to keep Creating Conversations a safe and inclusive venue in-store and on-line.

 

 

 

How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525537212
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324002871
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Norton Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

The Kiss Quotient Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593337219
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Books - April 27th, 2021

Mass market edition available in April


Folklorn Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781645660163
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Erewhon - April 27th, 2021

A Maryelizabeth Pick -- a deeply weird and difficult to classify title.

Publishers Weekly's review: "Blurring the lines between sci-fi and fantasy, Hur’s sophomore novel (after The Queens of K-Town) offers a complex meditation on intergenerational trauma. While working at the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station, Korean-American physicist Elsa Park suffers sudden tinnitus and sees her imaginary friend from childhood. This sparks memories of the time Elsa’s mother gave her a now lost collection of four Korean folktales and warned her that all the women in their family are doomed to live out their plots. To understand what’s happening to her, Elsa consults Oskar Gantelius, a Swedish Korean adoptee and linguistics professor who specializes in Korean folktales and also serves as Elsa’s love interest, though their relationship is given little development. But before the pair can make sense of Elsa’s episodes, her mother dies, driving Elsa to find the folktales and figure out how to apply them to her own life. The honest look at prickly Elsa’s internalized racism is ambitious but often brutal in its unflinching execution, and the third act twist relies on an outdated take on mental illness. Despite the unconvincing romance between Oskar and Elsa, their conversations on minority life in majority white spaces are painfully accurate. This thought-provoking work will appeal to SFF fans who like their talk of particle physics side by side with fox spirits and fairy tales."


Dial A for Aunties Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593333037
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - April 27th, 2021

Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593201671
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2021

Available in May


Reset Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781094086309
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Blackstone Publishing - May 25th, 2021

Available in May


The Chosen and the Beautiful Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250784780
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tordotcom - June 1st, 2021

Available in June


The Tangleroot Palace: Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616963521
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tachyon Publications - June 15th, 2021

Available in June


Weird Kid Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062970602
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 20th, 2021

Available in July


Clark and Division Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641292498
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Soho Crime - August 3rd, 2021

Available in August


The Donut Trap: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063069800
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Avon - November 2nd, 2021

Available in November 


Red Widow Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525539414
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 23rd, 2021

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525554998
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - March 16th, 2021

The Committed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

A New Day Cover Image
By Brad Meltzer, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554240
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - March 2nd, 2021

Dan Santat is the author and/or illustrator of more than one hundred titles, including the Caldecott Medal winner The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. He graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design, and is the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.


American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250811899
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - February 23rd, 2021

Fireheart Tiger Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250793263
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tordotcom - February 9th, 2021

Last Night at the Telegraph Club Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555254
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Dung Ho (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915627
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

Outside, Inside Cover Image
By LeUyen Pham, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250798350
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 5th, 2021

Alex's Good Fortune Cover Image
By Benson Shum, Benson Shum (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780593222935
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - December 29th, 2020

Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

Her Big City Neighbor Cover Image
$0.00
ISBN: 9781989610138
Availability: Available Now
Published: Jackie Lau Books - September 8th, 2020

ebook


They Called Us Enemy: Expanded Edition Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781603094702
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 25th, 2020

Loathe at First Sight: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062990693
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Avon - August 18th, 2020

Your House Will Pay: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062868848
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner

 


City of Secrets Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593114490
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

The Unpassing: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250619457
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - July 21st, 2020


 


A Sweet Mess: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250621108
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 14th, 2020

Ruse Cover Image
Not Available
ISBN: 9781534419933
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

The Library of Legends: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062851505
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 12th, 2020

Somewhere Only We Know Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250250780
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - May 5th, 2020

I Love You So Mochi (Point Paperbacks) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338608366
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Published: Point - May 5th, 2020

The Tenth Muse: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062574084
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Published: Ecco - April 14th, 2020

Miracle Creek: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251305
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Published: Picador - April 7th, 2020

Signed book plates available


A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

The Night Tiger: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250175465
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - January 7th, 2020

The Ninja Daughter Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781947993693
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Published: Agora Books - November 5th, 2019

The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213906
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019

Cleaning Up Finn Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781946502490
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: All Due Respect - September 11th, 2017

Cozy Classics: Jane Eyre: (Classic Literature for Children, Kids Story Books, Cozy Books) Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781452152530
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - May 9th, 2017

Not Your Sidekick Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781945053030
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Interlude Press - September 1st, 2016

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307950390
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2012