Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices for Adults

May is Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month, and in honor of this, we have put together a list of titles by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander decent.

Updated April 29, 2023
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All this could be different
Mathews, Sarah Thankam
Another Appalachia : coming up queer and Indian in a mountain place
Avashia, Neema
"Commands your attention from the first page to the last word." --Morgan Jerkins
Arsenic and adobo
Manansala, Mia P.
A RUSA Award-winning novel! The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes-one that might just be killer.... When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical...
Asian American histories of the United States
Choy, Catherine Ceniza
An inclusive and landmark history, emphasizing how essential Asian American experiences are to any understanding of US history Original and expansive, Asian American Histories of the United States is a nearly 200-year history of Asian migration, labor, and community...
The bandit queens : a novel
Shroff, Parini
GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK * A young Indian woman finds the false rumors that she killed her husband surprisingly useful--until other women in the village start asking for her help getting rid of their own husbands--in this razor-sharp debut. "A...
O beautiful : a novel
Yun, Jung
A New York Times Editors' Choice Book From the critically-acclaimed author of Shelter, an unflinching portrayal of a woman trying to come to terms with the ghosts of her past and the tortured realities of a deeply divided America. Elinor Hanson, a...
Song, Jade
In the vein of The Pisces and The Vegetarian, Chlorine is a debut novel that blurs the line between a literary coming-of-age narrative and a dark unsettling horror tale, told from an adult perspective on the trials and tribulations of growing up in a society that puts...
Crying in H Mart : a memoir
Zauner, Michelle
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American--"in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself" (NPR). * CELEBRATING...
Dial A for Aunties
Sutanto, Jesse Q.
"Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too."--USA Today (four-star review) "A hilarious, heartfelt...
Good talk : a memoir in conversations
Jacob, Mira
A "beautiful and eye-opening" (Jacqueline Woodson), "hilarious and heart-rending" (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families,  and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing. NAMED...
Happy for you
Stanford, Claire
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE  NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022 BY GLAMOUR, ELECTRIC LIT, AND THE MILLIONS   "Engrossing and clever . . . Stanford captures the allure, absurdity and menace of corporate spaces...
Hakes, Jasmin Iolani
Named a Best Book of the Summer by Harper's Bazaar and ELLE * Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner "Stunning . . . An intricately built novel that spans decades, moving in and out of a collective voice, while also telling Hi'i's deeply personal and devastating story...
Indian-ish : recipes and antics from a modern American family
Krishna, Priya
Named one of the Best Cookbooks of Spring 2019 by the New York Times, Eater, and Bon Appétit "A joy to cook from, and just as much fun to read." --Margaux Laskey, the New York Times A witty and irresistible celebration of one very cool and...
Interior Chinatown
Yu, Charles
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER * "A shattering and darkly comic send-up of racial stereotyping in Hollywood" (Vanity Fair) and a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.
Kaikeyi : a novel
Patel, Vaishnavi
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "MYTHIC RETELLING AT ITS BEST." (R. F. Kuang, author of Yellowface) * A 2023 IGNYTE AWARD FINALIST * A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK "With a graceful, measured elegance" (New York Times), this...
Making a scene
Wu, Constance
"Illuminating." --The Washington Post * "Candid and relatable." --Time *"Riveting and personal." --Mindy Kaling * "Captivatingly immediate." --The Skimm * A "poignant, frank, and intimate" (The New York Times) memoir by actress Constance Wu...
Minor feelings : an Asian American reckoning
Hong, Cathy Park
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST * NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER * ONE OF TIME'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE * A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness "Brilliant...
Mother ocean father nation : a novel
Batsha, Nishant
LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST LONGLISTED FOR THE MARK TWIN AMERICAN VOICE IN LITERATURE AWARD "A brilliant debut novel." --Joyce Carol Oates A brother and sister's paths diverge in the wake of political upheaval: one forced to leave, one left behind On a small Pacific...
The night eaters. Book 1, She eats the night
Liu, Marjorie M.
The Night Eaters: She Eats the Nights is the first volume in a graphic novel horror trilogy from author Marjorie Liu and illustrator Sana Takeda--the creative team behind the New York Times bestselling series Monstress. NAMED A BEST GRAPHIC...
A place for us : a novel
Mirza, Fatima Farheen
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NATIONAL BOOK AWARD "5 UNDER 35" NOMINEE * NEW YORK'S "ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK" PICK   Named One of the Best Books of the Year: Washington Post * NPR * People * ...
The singles table
Desai, Sara
After a devastating break-up, celebrity-obsessed lawyer Zara puts her energy into building her career and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters. She's never faced a guest at the singles table she couldn't match, until she crosses paths with former military security specialist Jay Dayal....
The sympathizer
Nguyen, Viet Thanh
Soon to be an HBO Original Series Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction "[A] remarkable debut novel." --Philip Caputo, New...
A tale for the time being
Ozeki, Ruth L.
A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki--shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award "A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be."
Kuang, R. F.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK "Hard to put down, harder to forget." -- Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author White lies. Dark humor. Deadly consequences... Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she...
You can't be serious
Penn, Kal
NATIONAL BESTSELLER The star of the Harold and Kumar franchise, House, and Designated Survivor recounts why he rejected the advice of his aunties and guidance counselors and, instead of becoming a doctor or "something practical," embarked on a surprising...

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