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Justine Rivero | Wed, Jan 23rd- 1:01pm | Poetry, Activism, Art & Design, Books Section, Featurette, Culture, Film, Issue 25: Generation - Spring 2012, Mr. Hyphen, Music, Performing Arts, Photography

Phan's gifts are considerable, and the novel is at its best in exposing the dark underside of family relationships while simultaneously creating many sympathetic, realistic characters.

Jee Yoon Lee | Thu, May 10th- 8:25am | Aimee Phan, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

What happens when you try to go back to where you came from? Is it truly a homecoming, or are you a stranger in a world that’s changed in your absence?

Maurene Goo | Mon, May 14th- 8:03am | Aimee Suzara, Carlos Bulosan, Hanggang Sa Muli, James Constantino Bautista, Jeff Rice, Jessica Haggedorn, Marivi Solen Blanco, Reni R. Roxas, Toni M. Bajado, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

Gilvarry reels us into what at first seems like an absurdist, post-modern satire on the endless “war on terror.”

Manan Desai | Fri, Apr 20th- 12:23pm | Alex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews


Lee explores and highlights several aspects of Koreans and Korean Americans that are never discussed outside of the confines of those cultures.

Noah Cho | Thu, Apr 12th- 7:49am | Drifting House, Krys Lee, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

E.C. Myers' debut novel Fair Coin is an instructive example of this attempt to bridge -- or perhaps simply to transcend -- the gap between ethnic YA and speculative YA.

Claire Light | Thu, Apr 5th- 8:14am | E.C. Myers, Fair Coin, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

I have a friend whose litmus test for relationships consists of one question: “Does he know how special you are?”

Marites L. Mendoza | Wed, Mar 28th- 8:46am | Outdated, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life, Books Section, Gender

Sometimes a book can weave its way into your consciousness so deeply that the characters and stories merge with you, mirroring back buried pieces of you, and expand your thinking in unimaginable ways.

Meeta Kaur | Wed, Mar 21st- 11:53am | Ayesha Mattu, InshAllah, love, Nura Maznavi, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

Growing up as a Chinese American and a voracious reader, Grace Lin’s favorite children’s books never contained any characters that looked like her.

Jenny Yap | Wed, Mar 14th- 11:42am | Dumpling Days, Grace Lin, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

In The Beautiful and the Damned, novelist and journalist Siddhartha Deb attempts what might seem impossible at first -- to create, through the stories of a few Indians, a portrait of the new India.

Nawaaz Ahmed | Wed, Mar 7th- 12:41pm | Siddhartha Deb, The Beautiful and the Damned, Books Section, Fiction, Reviews

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