#109 – The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

On this episode, we discuss our July 2020 pick is The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. A cozy murder mystery set in 1920’s Bombay (current day Mumbai), The Widows of Malabar Hill marks the debut of our new favorite investigator, Perveen Mistry, the first woman lawyer in India, she uses the power of the law and her investigative ability to suss out lies and contradiction to seek justice for her clients.

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#108 – July 2020 Book News

We’re more than halfway through July so it’s time for another mid-month news roundup. We go over the latest book and publishing news in Asian American literature for July 2020, as well as discuss the latest book related news from the world of TV and movies.

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#107 – Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

On this episode, we discuss our June 2020 book club pick, Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata & translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori. A short and humorous novel about Keiko, a Japanese who finds it hard to interact with people, who finds contentment in the routines of working at a convenience store, where she can do a good job and feel like a “normal person” contributing to society. We discuss what happens when  her ideal life is thrown for a loop as societal pressure mounts for her to settle down and get a real job, get married, or both. 

#105 – Author Chat with Joe Ide

We chat with Joe Ide, author of the IQ series of detective novels about Isaiah Quintabe, a freelance private investigator solving mysteries and doing odd jobs for his Long Beach neighborhood. We ask Joe about how his experience growing up in South Central LA helped him with writing his novels, as well as his previous career as a screenwriter for hire. We also chat about HI-FIVE, the latest chapter of the IQ series that came out earlier this year, and the upcoming HBO adaptation of the series.

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#104 – The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

A little late, but here is our discussion of the Books & Boba May 2020 book club pick, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston, our first attempt at reading an Asian American literary classic. We dive into this memoir that blends autobiographical storytelling with folklore and oral histories, and reflect upon our own experiences as second generation children of immigrants.