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American Born Chinese

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By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780312384487
Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

In this graphic novel, three seemingly unrelated storylines interweave in surprising ways. Not only are the pictures beautiful, there's so many unspoken nuances within each character interaction. I loved this story about an American-Chinese boy, Danny, and how he straddles his Chinese and American culture. Things only seem to get worse when his cousin from China visits. But, his cousin just might be the key for Danny to learn about himself, his family, and his culture. You won't regret reading it!

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Amira's Picture Day

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By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823440191
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Published: Holiday House - April 13th, 2021

I LOVE this book so much. The fear of being forgotten on picture day and not being able to leave your mark is so relatable. The pictures are gorgeous and the glimpse into how Amira's family celebrates Eid filled my heart with happiness. The book made me want to color my hands with henna, dance, and celebrate the joy of being brown!

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White Ivy

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781982100599
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 3rd, 2020

This is a well written psychological thriller that takes us through Ivy's--a Chinese-American woman--slow descent into madness after years of trying to mold herself to fit into what she believes to be The American Dream. This book subtly discusses the struggles and limitations Asian-Americans often face in this country, as well as socio-economic divides within Chinese culture itself. In light of recent events, this book may bring some more understanding to those anti-AAPI racism.

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Laxmi's Mooch

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By Shelly Anand, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815651
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Published: Kokila - March 2nd, 2021

This is such a cute tale about a little girl who has a mustache, the bullying she faces for it, and how she overcomes it and begins to love her mooch (mustache in Hindi). It is so relatable. I wish I had this book growing up as I also was bulled for my mustache and facial hair. It's a beautiful story of self-love. And the illustrations are so cute!!

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Chaat

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$32.50
ISBN: 9781984823885
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 6th, 2020

Chaat is one of my favorite foods and the number of combinations in this book is astounding. The pictures are gorgeous! If you're looking for a sweet, salty, tangy, spicy snack that will blow your mind and your tastebuds, buy this book. It's a perfect door into the culinary magic that is Indian food (beyond Chicken Tikka Masala, which was invented by the British...).

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Red White and Whole

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ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

This long awaited novel in verse illustrating the struggles of balancing two cultural identities felt like I was looking into a mirror in which I could see myself, my mother, my grandmother, my aunts, and every Indian woman in my life who had to assimilate into American culture. It is beautifully written and is semi-autobiographical. If you like Rajani's work, check out her other middle grade novels and picture books. She is incredible!

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Passage West

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ISBN: 9780060898793
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Published: Ecco - April 21st, 2020

Love for Rishi Reddi is something my mom and I share (since Rishi Reddi grew up in Kansas, where my parents currently live and currently lives in Cambridge (where I live)). Passage West is a beautiful, rich narrative of the immigrant experience and follows a family of Indian sharecroppers at the start of WWII. It examines the various experiences of immigrants who settled in California, and the rising tensions of living in the west as anti-immigrant sentiment grew among white Americans.

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