#61 – Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

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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The Books & Boba November 2018 pick is IQ by Joe Ide

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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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Also, our November 2018 Book Club pick is IQ by Jo Ide

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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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The Books & Boba October 2018 pick is *Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen * by Jose Antonio vargas

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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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The Books & Boba October 2018 pick is Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

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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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The Books & Boba September 2018 pick is Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

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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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The Books & Boba July 2018 pick is Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

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#55 – Chatting with Author Vanessa Hua

Reera chats with author Vanessa Hua, the author of A River of Stars, 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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The Books & Boba August 2018 pick is Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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