15 Books By Asian-American Authors You Need To Read This Month

Crazy Rich Asians
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Regardless of what book genres you generally seek out, there are always opportunities to expand your horizons and educate yourself while doing something you actually like. From Celeste Ng to Jimmy O. Yang, Asian-American authors are transforming the literary landscape across the board, in every genre. 

This year, make a point to increase the levels of diversity within the literature you read. You may learn something new about a culture you didn't know anything about and therefore be better able to relate to people of that culture, and isn't that what we're all trying to do here? The easiest way to get these connections started is to find an essay collection, novel, or memoir by an Asian-American author to get you going. 

Viet Thanh Nguyen
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'The Sympathizer', by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and for good reason. It has all of the elements of an amazing read, from a killer love story to a mystery spy plot to a detailing of the lives of refugees living in Los Angeles.

Celeste Ng
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'Everything I Never Told You', by Celeste Ng

This book has, in my humble opinion, one of the best opening lines of all time: "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." Need I say more?

Celeste Ng
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'Little Fires Everywhere', by Celeste Ng

This sophomore followup to 'Everything I Never Told You' has already been auctioned into a movie deal with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington tied to it. This novel, about a tiny neighborhood slowly unraveling (and the conflicts that come with it) will keep you glued to the page.

Alexander Chee
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'How To Write An Autobiographical Novel,' by Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is an insanely good essayist, so if you're a fan of non-fiction and prose then this recently released essay collection should be on the top of your list. According to Amazon, this collection explores how Chee reckons with "his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art."

Rupi Kaur
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'The Sun And Her Flowers', by Rupi Kaur

This second book of poetry was every bit as successful as Kaur's first. Lovers of her work will no doubt devour this five chaptered collection, which was illustrated by Kaur herself.

Rupi Kaur
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'Milk And Honey', by Rupi Kaur

'Milk And Honey' was the debut collection of poetry that turned Rupi Kaur into an overnight international sensation. Owning it in your collection is about as essential these days as 'Leaves of Grass' was a hundred years ago.

Amy Tan
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'The Joy Luck Club', by Amy Tan

'The Joy Luck Club' is a heartwarming story about four mothers and four daughters who tell a long, intergenerational story that shifts from perspective to perspective. This book is equal parts inspiring, heartwarming and just plain fun to read.

Jhumpa Lahiri
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'Interpreter Of Maladies', by Jhumpa Lahiri

Another Pulitzer Prize winner in the Fiction category, this short story collection is about the struggles of being a young, Indian immigrant in America, through several vantage points and story lines. This short story collection will rock you, over and over and over again. I can attest to this personally. 

Ruth Ozeki
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'A Tale For The Time Being', Ruth Ozeki

This heart-wrenching novel is about a young woman living in Tokyo who decides to kill herself, but first embarks upon a personal journey to document the life of her great grandmother. The novel zooms out to show the minute degrees of connection that connect all humans with one another, in ways that will leave you speechless. 

The Kite Runner
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Khaled Hosseini

The Afghan experience is rarely read and understood by Western societies, which is why Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner' was met with such acclaim. The incredibly moving story about an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and a servant boy will move you to the point of tears.

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