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Great Reads For Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Check out one of these picks from your local library.

Are you looking for your next great book? May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Get into the spirit by checking out a few titles from our book display on the third floor, which celebrates books by and about Asian-Pacific Americans. Call the at 847-272-2958 or use our online catalog at www.northbrook.info to place a hold today. 

A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei
Widowed after a devastating accident and fearful of facing her grief alone, Chinese-American Irene Shen reunites three generations of independent women from her estranged family--including her mother, sister, and daughters--during a tour of mainland China. A touching tale, perfect for fans of Amy Tan. Literary Fiction 

Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Journeying to 1914 Hawaii as a mail-order bride, Korean-born Jin finds her hopes devastated by the realities of a rushed marriage to a bitter laborer, a situation throughout which she works to overcome limited opportunities. This inspirational and beautifully told story examines at the often overlooked immigrant experience in Hawaii. Historical Fiction 

The Fourth Treasure by Todd Simoda
This unique and beautifully illustrated novel combines the seemingly incompatible world of Japanese calligraphy and American brain research in the story of a young Japanese-American woman studying neurobiology who finds a key to understanding how the brain works in her boyfriend's calligraphy teacher. Psychological Fiction

A Long Stay in a Distant Land by Chieh Chieng
After the untimely death of his mother, young Louis Lum, a fact-checker at a hot rod magazine, decides to leave his California home and go to Hong Kong to find a long-lost uncle and, with any luck, the roots of his family. This wild adventure is really a family saga at heart, with plenty of laughs and wit to spare. A fun read. Contemporary Fiction

The Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati Mukherjee
Newcomers to the United States struggle with the transforming power of American culture--including an aristocratic Filipino who wrangles a life for herself with an American investment banker and an Iraqi Jew who lands in Queens--in this collection of short sties about the immigrant experience. Similar in style to the ever-popular Jhumpa Lahiri. Short Stories

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