On this episode, we discuss our March 2021 book club pick, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, an Asian inspired fantasy/action/romance taking about Lei, an independent girl whos been taken from her family to serve as a “Paper Girl” in the Chinese-inspired imperial court of the demon bull king. We chat about the books themes of oppression and objectification of women, as well as Lei’s romance with fellow Paper Girl Wren.
Trigger Warning: Discussion of psychlogical and sexual abuse
The Asian American community is going through a time of collective grief following a year of rising racial tensions and fear, punctuated by this week’s tragic murders in Atlanta. To our listeners who are looking for ways to take more direct action, either to spread the word, protect our community, or support the victims, here are some resources for you:
Author Sonya Lalli joins us on this episode of Books and Boba to chat about her new novel Serena Singh Flips the Script. A fun story about an independent woman and her struggles with making and keeping friends as an adult (which is waaaaay harder than it seems)!
On this episode, we discuss our Books & Boba February 2021 book club pick, She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya with special guests Ako and Marci of the Colored Pages Podcast! We’re excited to dive into Vivek’s lyrical work about the search for identity through our first collaborative episode with another book club podcast (our book discussion starts at 15:50).