Books and Boba

Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to books written by Asian and Asian American authors. We cover a wide range of genres including contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction, thrillers, graphic novels, and memoirs.

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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.

#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.

#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!

#55 – Chatting with Author Vanessa Hua

Reera chats with author Vanessa Hua, the author of [***A River of Stars***][1], 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.

#54 – Winnie M Li and her Dark Chapter

On this episode, we bring you another author interview with Winnie M Li, the author of Dark Chapter , a novel based loosely on the author’s real life rape in Ireland. We talk to Winnie about her what it’s like writing a story so close to her real life traumas and her decision to imagine the events from the perspective of her attacker.

CW: Discussion of Rape

#53 – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

On this episode, we discuss our July 2017 Book Club Pick A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and we have a lot to go over. This was a very ambitious book with high concept themes related to zen philosophy and quantum mechanics, as well as heavy emotional themes related to (mentioned above) suicide, bullying, and their place in Japanese society. In addition to discussing our thoughts on the book, Reera also shares her thoughts on the way suicide is depicted in fiction.

CW: Discussion about Suicide & Bullying

#52 – SDCC Authors Chat w/ Sarah Kuhn, CB Lee, & RF Kuang

Hey! It’s a bonus episode of Books & Boba, featuring an interview that Marvin conducted at last week’s San Diego Comic-Con with some of our favorite Asian American authors, CB Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), and RF Kuang (The Poppy War). We talk about what it’s like to be an author at SDCC, the joys of writing own-voices Asian characters, and how awesome the Asian American Lit community is.

#51 – July 2018 Book News & Check-in

We check in to chat about the recent book news including Asian American publishing announcements and recent controversies in the book world. Reera shares her thoughts on the value of Libraries and why piracy is bad, and we also respond to some listener feedback from our goodreads forums (keem’em coming)!

#50 – Dami Lee Can Be Everything at Once

On this episode, we chat with Dami Lee, the author and cartoonist who is about to release her first graphic novel Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person, a collection of cartoons from her popular series of webtoons, as well as new original cartoons that memorialize Dami’s journey as a 3x immigrant to the states. We chat with Dami about how she started drawing, the rigors of a working artist, and growing up in-between cultures.

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