Books and Boba

This 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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    #49 - Chatting with Author C.B. Lee

    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.

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    #48 - Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

    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.

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    #47 - June 2018 Book News & Check-in

    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!

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    #46 - The Leavers by Lisa Ko

    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.

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    #45 - May 2018 Mid Month Check-In

    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.

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

    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.

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    #43 - May 2018 Book News

    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

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    #42 - What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

    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.

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    #41 - March 2018 Book News

    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!

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

    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.

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