What We're Reading: May 22, 2020

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Browse curated book lists and special order any book in print for delivery to your doorstep. Book club and staff pick selections are always 15% off, and Writers & Books members receive a 10% discount. Please indicate your membership at checkout.

Honor Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage with NEW & FORTHCOMING #OwnVoices books

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong

“ ‘For as long as I could remember,’ Hong writes, ‘I have struggled to prove myself into existence.’ With Minor Feelings, she simultaneously grapples with associated anxieties about her potential disappearance in writing on behalf of the Asian American subject. ‘I began this book as a dare to myself,’ she explains, because ‘I still clung to a prejudice that writing about my racial identity was minor and non-urgent.’ ”--excerpted from The Nation. Read the full review. 

This is One Way to Dance: Essays, by Sejal Shah

Publisher’s Weekly calls this a “sterling collection,” saying, “Shah is insightfully self-reflective… [and] makes lyrical use of language, as when she ruminates on summer nights that have ‘a particular kind of warm, which is not too hot, not too humid, not anything but enough to make you glad that your skin is the only layer between you and the world.’ ” For the full review, click here.

Obit: Poems, by Victoria Chang

The New York Times writes, “In the book’s poetic cosmology, mortality is not a before and after state, but rather a constantly shifting enigma: ‘To / acknowledge death is to acknowledge / that we must take another shape.’ ” 

If you’re finding it difficult to sit still with a book during quarantine, you’re not alone. 

Fortunately, audiobooks abound. Here are some tales we’re listening to as we cook dinner, begin spring cleaning, and smell the lilacs (through our facemasks) at Highland Park:

You can buy your next Libro.fm audiobook from Ampersand! Use our libro.fm/ampersandbooks link or type a title, author, or ISBN in ampersandbooks.orgs Search Audiobooks field. When you place your order through Ampersand, you’re supporting the literary arts in Rochester.

Did you know that you can borrow audiobooks with a library card from Monroe County Library via the Libby App by Overdrive? Download the app or visit libbyapp.com.


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984820365
Availability: Backordered
Published: One World - February 25th, 2020

This Is One Way to Dance: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820357232
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: University of Georgia Press - June 1st, 2020

Obit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595745
Availability: Backordered
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 7th, 2020

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212206
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

Watership Down: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982117597
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Scribner - December 18th, 2018

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

High School Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374169947
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: MCD - September 24th, 2019