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his is a book club dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs. Every month, the hosts of the book club record a podcast episode to discuss the month's book. Members are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts on the monthly pick in the Goodreads forums.

his is a book club dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs. Every month, the hosts of the book club record a podcast episode to discuss the month's book. Members are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts on the monthly pick in the Goodreads forums.
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his is a book club dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs. Every month, the hosts of the book club record a podcast episode to discuss the month's book. Members are strongly encouraged to share their thoughts on the monthly pick in the Goodreads forums.

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English


Episodes

#57 - Movie Chat: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

9/9/2018
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On this episode of Books & Boba, Reera gathers some friends to chat about the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. They chat about the differences between the book and the film, including their favorite parts of both and the parts that they wish made it to the adaptation.

Duration:00:54:57

#56 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

9/1/2018
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It's time to talk about the Books and Boba August book club pick, Crazy Rich Asians, the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan that is now the hit movie of the summer! Reera and Marvin talk about their thoughts on the many many characters in the book, the quality of the love story, how the book stacks up against the movie, and a few of critiques as well. Also, updates on the latest publishing news from August regarding Asian American authors!

Duration:01:31:21

#55 - Chatting with Author Vanessa Hua

8/24/2018
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Reera chats with author Vanessa Hua, the author of [A River of Stars][1], a novel about young mothers seeking the American Dream, and the untold story of secret Chinese maternity homes. Vanessa talks about the inspirations behind her debut novel and balancing narratives between different Chinese narratives and perspectives.

Duration:00:37:12

#54 - Winnie M Li and her Dark Chapter

8/17/2018
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On this episode, we bring you another author interview with Winnie M Li, the author of Dark Chapter , a novel based loosely on the author's real life rape in Ireland. We talk to Winnie about her what it's like writing a story so close to her real life traumas and her decision to imagine the events from the perspective of her attacker. CW: Discussion of Rape

Duration:00:29:54

#53 - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

8/12/2018
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On this episode, we discuss our July 2017 Book Club Pick A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and we have a lot to go over. This was a very ambitious book with high concept themes related to zen philosophy and quantum mechanics, as well as heavy emotional themes related to (mentioned above) suicide, bullying, and their place in Japanese society. In addition to discussing our thoughts on the book, Reera also shares her thoughts on the way suicide is depicted in fiction. CW: Discussion...

Duration:01:17:06

#52 - SDCC Authors Chat w/ Sarah Kuhn, CB Lee, & RF Kuang

7/30/2018
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Hey! It's a bonus episode of Books & Boba, featuring an interview that Marvin conducted at last week's San Diego Comic-Con with some of our favorite Asian American authors, CB Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), and RF Kuang (The Poppy War). We talk about what it's like to be an author at SDCC, the joys of writing own-voices Asian characters, and how awesome the Asian American Lit community is.

Duration:00:38:59

#51 - July 2018 Book News & Check-in

7/26/2018
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We check in to chat about the recent book news including Asian American publishing announcements and recent controversies in the book world. Reera shares her thoughts on the value of Libraries and why piracy is bad, and we also respond to some listener feedback from our goodreads forums (keem'em coming)!

Duration:00:50:14

#50 - Dami Lee Can Be Everything at Once

7/20/2018
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On this episode, we chat with Dami Lee, the author and cartoonist who is about to release her first graphic novel Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person, a collection of cartoons from her popular series of webtoons, as well as new original cartoons that memorialize Dami's journey as a 3x immigrant to the states. We chat with Dami about how she started drawing, the rigors of a working artist, and growing up in-between cultures.

Duration:00:36:15

#49 - Chatting with Author C.B. Lee

7/6/2018
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On this episode we chat with C.B. Lee, the author of the Books and Boba June 2018 pick NOT YOUR SIDEKICK. C.B. shares about switching careers from academia to writing fiction, and how she created a world centered on a group of queer superheroes who also happen to be people of color. We also talk about our favorite scenes from the first book, gush about the Asian American literature community, and the touch on the importance of addressing mental health in Asian communities.

Duration:00:43:55

#48 - Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

7/1/2018
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On this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for June2018, [Not Your Sidekick][1] by CB Lee, a post-dystopia superhero story about a girl from a family of superheroes with no "superpowers." We discuss how even in a superpowered future, it's hard to live up to the expectations on your immigrant superhero parents, and how refreshing it is to read a story centered on a queer POC character where being queer or POC isn't the conflict.

Duration:00:54:44

#47 - June 2018 Book News & Check-in

6/21/2018
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It's the middle of June and we have your latest book news in our mid month check in. Also our new website has LAUNCHED so please check it out at booksandboba.com!

Duration:00:37:08

#46 - The Leavers by Lisa Ko

6/1/2018
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On this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for May 2018, [The Leavers][1] by Lisa Ko, a story of a Chinese-American boy dealing with his adoption by well-meaning white parents after his mother's deportation. We discuss the parallels between the dual narratives as well as what the title "The Leavers" really means. To help us with the adoptee perspective, we invite book club member and contributor Lily Rugo, who herself is a Chinese adoptee.

Duration:00:59:00

#45 - May 2018 Mid Month Check-In

5/19/2018
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Hope everyone's having a great Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We're back for a mid-month news check in, going over the recent new releases and publishing news in Asian American literatute, as well as some analysis on recent happenings in Asian American literature twitter.

Duration:00:41:52

#44 - One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

5/6/2018
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It's time to discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for April 2018, One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul, a collection of personal essays about the author's life from childhood to adulthood, and the struggles she faced as a second generation immigrant in Canada. Her stories range from seven day Indian weddings, to disastrous shopping trips, to dealing with internet trolls and would be rapists.

Duration:00:51:35

#43 - May 2018 Book News

5/6/2018
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Books and Boba returns with a quick update on the latest book news and new releases from Asian American literature! This week is another double header so stay tuned to the podcast feed for the discussion episode of the April book club pick, "One Day We'll Be Dead and None of This Will Matter" by Scaachi Koul

Duration:00:19:54

#42 - What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

4/7/2018
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In this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for March 2018, [What Lies Between Us][1] by Nayomi Munaweera, a story about a girl from Sri Lanka, and the tragic series of traumas that shape her life. It's a story about the pressures of growing up female in a culture steeped in misogyny, coming of age as an immigrant in a new country, and the tension of never feeling good enough.

Duration:01:04:19

#41 - March 2018 Book News

3/31/2018
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Sorry for the wait this month, but here is our monthly news episode for March 2018 featuring updates on new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories. Don't forget! The Books & Boba March 2018 pick is What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera. We'll be releasing our discussion episode next week!

Duration:00:42:02

#40 - Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

3/11/2018
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In this episode, we discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for February 2018, "Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too" by Jomny Sun, An intrspective picture book about a cute alien's journey to find out what it means to be "human." Our hosts recap their favorite characters and storylines, as well as their thoughts on the book's approach to imposter syndrome, artistic endeavors, and what gives life meaning.

Duration:00:55:53

#39 - February 2018 Book News

2/18/2018
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Hope everyone's enjoying their Olympic February! On this episode, Books & Boba highlights and discusses the latest news in Asian American literature for February 2018 including new releases, publishing deals, and newsworthy stories. For additional thoughts and discussion on the monthly pick, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads group.

Duration:00:29:42

#38 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

2/2/2018
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It's time to discuss the Books & Boba Book Club pick for January 2018, [Pachinko][1] by Min Jin Lee, An epic story of a family of Korean immigrants in Japan spanning four generations. Our hosts do their best to discuss the many themes presented in this story, including family, identity, expectations, survival, and how they relate to our own experiences as children of immigrants.

Duration:01:29:52