#68 – Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

On this episode, we discuss our Books and Boba March 2019 book club pick, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram, the story of Darius, a teenage kid who loves Star Trek and Tolkien, and his trip to his mother’s home country of Iran to visit his ailing grandfather for the first time. We discuss Darius’ journey of finding his inner strength in Iran while dealing with clinical depression (CW: discussion of depression) and his anxieties of never really feeling like he fits in.

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#67 – The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

On this episode, we discuss our Books and Boba February 2019 book club pick, The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu, an epic tale of rebellion and heroes set in an Asian inspired “silkpunk” world. We chat about the sweeping story, the detailed world building, the many many characters, the actual historical events the story is based on.

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#66 – February Book News

It’s time for another Books & Boba news roundup. On this episode, we check in with the latest publishing announcements and news out of the world of Asian American literature.

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Our February 2019 Book Club pick is Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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#65 – Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

On this episode, we discuss our Books and Boba January 2019 book club pick, Rainbirds, by Clarissa Goenawan, a story about a man trying to making sense of his sister’s sudden violent death in a small Japanese town set in the early-nineties.

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The Books & Boba February 2019 pick is Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

#64 – January 2019 Book News & Check-in

On this episode, we check in to chat about the recent book news, including the success of books becoming TV series like Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series. We also go over recent publishing announcements and chat about some of our most anticipated books of 2019.

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Our January 2019 Book Club pick is Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

And don’t forget to get a head start on our February 2019 Book Club Pick The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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#63 – Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (w/ Dec 2018 Book News)

On our last podcast of the year, we catch up on the latest book news before diving into our discussion of the Books and Boba December 2018 book club pick, Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin, a story told from the perspectives of 5 women and the sexist scandal that connects their lives. It’s a story about the way we treat people who get caught up in sex scandals, and the double standard of who society permits to survive them.

(For those interested in just the book news, the book discussion begins at around 16:00)

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The Books & Boba January/February 2018 pick is Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

#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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The Books & Boba November 2018 pick is Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin