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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

4 May

Check out a variety of terrific adult fiction and nonfiction books for AAPI Heritage Month available as ebooks from eLibraryNJ, eBCCLS, and Hoopla. Also available in print from BCCLS libraries.

Adult Fiction
Interior Chinatown
Charles Yu
A deeply personal story about race, pop culture, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Willis Wu discovers the secret history of Chinatown & the buried legacy of his own family.

You can also read a previous post about Yu’s How to Live Safely in A Science Fictional Universe.

Win Me Something
Kyle Lucia Wu
A nuanced coming-of age debut story about a biracial Chinese American woman in NJ who asks what it really means to belong and how she might begin to define her own life.

The Verifiers
Jane Pek
A young Chinese American woman is hired by a detective agency to verify people’s online dating personas. But when a client turns up dead, she investigates.

My Year Abroad
Chang-Rae Lee
An entertaining story of a young American whose life is transformed when a Chinese American businessman suddenly takes him under his wing on an adventure across Asia.

A Song Everlasting
Ha Jin
A timely story that follows a famous Chinese singer severed from his country as he tries to find his way in the U.S. and reclaim his ethnic identity and maintain his art.

Homeland Elegies
Ayad Akhtar
A Muslim-American family struggles to survive in the U.S. following the tragedy of 9/11. The compelling story takes us from palatial suites in Europe to guerilla lookouts in the Afghan mountains.

Pachinko
Min Jin Lee
A saga that follows a Korean family from the 1900s through 8 decades & 4 generations. A Korean girl’s unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame her family so she leaves Korea starting a chain of events.

Searching for Sylvie Lee
Jean Kwok
A drama untangling the complicated ties that bind two Chinese sisters and their mother as the eldest daughter disappears and family secrets emerge.

Adult Non-Fiction
Rise: A Pop History of Asian America From the Nineties to Now
Jeff Yang
A mass media and pop culture tribute to Asian Americans. This vivid scrapbook focuses on voices, emotions and memories from an era in which Asian culture was transformed.

On Monday, May 23 at 6:00 pm, join us for a special AAPI Book Club discussing “Rise” led by Jennie Pu, Hoboken Public Library Director in the Small Programming Room (lower level, 500 Park Ave, Main Branch). See the HPL calendar for other great AAPI Heritage Month events!

Crying in the H Mart
Michelle Zauner
A powerful memoir from the indie rock star of Japanese Breakfast fame about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother & finding herself.

The Groom Will Keep His Name
Matt Ortile
A collection of tender essays on sex, dating, and identity from a gay Filipino immigrant learning to navigate race, resistance, and romance in America.

This is What America Looks Like
Ilhman Omar
An intimate memoir by the first African refugee, first Somali-American, & one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Facing the Mountain
Daniel James Brown
A true story of the Japanese-American heroes in WWII. Interviews with the families of 4 soldiers who were part of the Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe.

Flying Free
Cecilia Rodriguez Aragon
The compelling story of how Filipino Cecilia Aragon broke barriers and became the first female Latino pilot on the U.S. Aerobatic Team.

Book List Adapted from 2022 AAPI Heritage Month Brochure created by:
Ethan Galvin
Information and Digital Services Librarian

Books Our Patrons Loved in 2021: The Most Frequently Checked Out ebooks from eBCCLS in 2021          

29 Dec

The staff has had a great time sharing their favorites with you throughout the year.  I thought a fun way to wrap up 2021 would be to look at what books were the most popular with our BCCLS library patrons so I looked up the top 10 ebook checkouts of 2021 as of December 21.     

Nine Perfect Strangers: A Novel               
by Liane Moriarty
Nine Perfect Strangers was checked out as an ebook 3,642 by BCCLS Library Card holders who couldn’t get enough of the thrilling tale of a group of people at a luxury health resort in the Australian bush recently adapted as a streaming series.  

The Four Winds: A Novel
by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds was the number two checkout for eBCCLS and the number one checkout for eLibraryNJ, another Overdrive service our Hoboken patrons have access to.  Hannah’s tale set in 1934 Texas focuses on Elsa Martinelli who must decide whether to continue to struggle to keep the land she loves or to go further west in hopes of a better life.

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel                                        
by Laura Dave
Hannah’s husband disappears during their first year of marriage, leaving behind only one request that she protects her 16 year old step daughter, Bailey.  Together they uncover a surprising truth in The Last Thing He Told Me!

People We Meet on Vacation                                   
by Emily Henry
Can a friendly flirtation from the past turn in to something more for Alex and Poppy? Lots of you found out with this fun summer read, People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry!

Bridgerton Collection, Volume 1: Bridgerton Series, Books 1-3   
by Julia Quinn
I was one of the many who became a fan of the Netfilix ‘s adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series.  If you can’t wait for the next season of this historic romance, you can checkout like many of our readers the books in the series including the Volume One Compilation of the first three books!

Malibu Rising: A Novel                                  
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Set in the 80’s, Reid’s Malibu Rising delves beneath the waves of surf culture and finds deep family drama.

The Push: A Novel                                          
by Ashley Audrain
Ashley Audrain’s psychological family drama, The Push, explores our culture’s relationship with motherhood.  It was part of The Good Morning America Book Club.

Win                                       
by Harlan Coben
Win, the nickname of the vigilante antihero narrator of the novel, must solve a crime from his family’s past when new evidence turns up.  If you are a fan of Coben’s other thrillers you will want to check out Win.

Golden Girl                                        
by Elin Hilderbrand
After a hit and run an author finds she can still keep an eye on her children and is given three chances to alter events back on earth in Hilderbrand’s touching novel, Golden Girl.  

The Wife Upstairs: A Novel                                         
by Rachel Hawkins
Recently reviewed by one of our staff, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins is a modernized retelling of Jane Eyre.

What book was your must read in 2021?  Share it in the comment section!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

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