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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    #62 - IQ by Joe Ide

    On this episode, we discuss the Books and Boba November 2018 book club pick, IQ, by Joe Ide, a detective crime story featuring Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ), a genius detective solving mysteries around South Central Los Angeles. The story covers the origin of IQ as well as his latest case protecting his client from an assassin whose weapon of choice is a giant dog (a hound one might say). Can IQ solve the case along with his sassy street-smart partner Mr. Dodson?

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    #61 - Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

    On this episode, we discuss the Books and Boba October 2018 (also Filipino American History Month) book club pick, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas, a memoir of Vargas' life as an undocumented American, from his childhood discovery of his status, to becoming an award winning journalist, to his current life as a high profile advocate for immigrant rights. To help us discuss this book, we invite Elaine Dolalas, one of the hosts of This Filipino American Life.

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    #60 - October 2018 Book News & Check-in

    On this episode, we check in to chat about the recent book news including Asian American publishing announcements, award nominations, and end-of-year lists. Don't forget to check back next week for the discussion episode of Books & Boba October 2018 pick, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas.

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    #59 - Author Chat with Renee M. Rutledge

    On this episode, Reera chats with author Renee Macalino Rutledge, author of the award winning novel, The Hour of Daydreams, a modern take on a classic folktale taking place in the Philippines. Renee shares with us about her experiences writing her first fictional novel as well as the inspirations behind her story.

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    #58 - Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

    On this episode, we discuss the Books and Boba September book club pick, Number One Chinese Restaurant, by Lillian Li, a family drama surrounding the proprietors and staff of a semi-famous chinese restaurant in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington DC. Marvin believes it to be a great follow up to our August book club pick and Reera has a lot of thoughts on the many plot lines that revolve around the Beijing Duck House at the center of this story.

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

    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.

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    #56 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

    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!

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    #55 - Chatting with Author Vanessa Hua

    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.

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    #54 - Winnie M Li and her Dark Chapter

    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

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

    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 about Suicide & Bullying

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