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Author Archive: Terry Hong

Terry Hong created and maintains Smithsonian BookDragon, a book blog for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She was the writer wrangler for the film Girl Rising. She taught for Duke University’s Leadership in the Arts in NYC. She co-authored two books, Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism and What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature. She reviews extensively for many publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SIBookDragon.

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Five More to Go: Crystal Hana Kim’s IF YOU LEAVE ME
By August 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Crystal Hana Kim’s IF YOU LEAVE ME

Introducing our newest feature, in which we give Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title.    If You Leave Me, by Crystal Hana Kim In rendering her multivoiced, multilayered ancestral and cultural history into […]

Time Traveling Audiobooks for Youth
By August 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Time Traveling Audiobooks for Youth

Time travel, time paradoxes, time shells, time hollows—are they fantasy? Reality? The following titles are billed as fiction, but they’re also a look into endless possibilities. Last week, we brought you audiobooks about time travel for adults, but it’s time (sorry) younger readers got their due. Go ahead—or back.   47, by Walter Mosley, read […]

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Time Traveling Audiobooks
By August 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Time Traveling Audiobooks

Time manipulation—obsession with, desire for, and attempts at—is a timeless conundrum and, thus far, an elusive temptation. Our ever-waxing fascination is evident in classic stories and sci-fi favorites. Contemporary pop culture continues to feed the frenzy, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, with its foray backward, to the new Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle How to Stop […]

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The Refugee Experience for Children and Young Adults

The Refugee Experience for Children and Young Adults

Editor’s note: Families are being separated at the border. Children are being held in concrete cages. Young readers who find themselves in better circumstances can learn about the refugee experience through this broad compendium of books, originally published as a two-part list in August of 2017.  The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for […]

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Talking Mormon Murder Mysteries with Mette Ivie Harrison

Talking Mormon Murder Mysteries with Mette Ivie Harrison

Trust me: Linda Wallheim is a sleuth like no other. She’s a devout Mormon, for starters, and the wife of a respected Utah ward bishop. And yet her sense of justice gets her into plenty of trouble, especially in a community so dominated by men-centric rules. She slaps an aging bully who calls his 5-year-old […]

Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Since I recently shared some utterly satisfying single-volume graphic titles for adults, I figured I should point out a few outstanding titles for middle-grade and YA readers, as well. That said, so-called grown-ups will surely find many of these titles just as satisfying. Equal literary opportunities for all! Be Prepared, by Vera Brosgol Caldecott Honor […]

Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

While I’m addicted to various manga series (click here and here for some of my favorites), I’ve also discovered the satisfaction of single-volume graphic titles offering that perfect balance of fascinating narrative and gorgeously complementary, enhancing art. From goofy to haunting, comforting to challenging, and so much more, don’t miss these recent(-ish) standouts. Boundless, by […]

A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader
By March 30, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

A 21st-Century Filipino-American Fiction Reader

Originally published in 1943, Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart is a cornerstone of classic Asian-American literature. Drawing on Bulosan’s Filipino boyhood, his immigration to the U.S., and the challenges he faced as a first-generation Asian American, it remains a notable inspiration, most recently highlighted in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s immigration-friendly video of the […]

A Poet’s Novel: Jon Pineda talks LET’S NO ONE GET HURT
By March 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

A Poet’s Novel: Jon Pineda talks LET’S NO ONE GET HURT

Even a poetry dullard like me recognizes poet / memoirist / novelist Jon Pineda’s ability to do something spectacular with language. His lean sentences are surprisingly dense, as if to defy their brevity. Surely publishing three award-winning books of poetry helped Pineda hone the exactness of prose—first in his memoir, Sleep in Me (2010), which […]

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“I can’t think of a happier story”: Shobha Rao talks GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER

“I can’t think of a happier story”: Shobha Rao talks GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER

After 15 years of writing and 15 years being rejected, Shobha Rao made her fiction debut two years ago with An Unrestored Woman, a collection of a dozen impeccable stories—savage and empathetic, brutal and lyrical, mournful and celebratory. Presented as six interlinked pairs, those stories reverberated beyond borders, cultures, countries, and generations. Rao’s new novel, […]

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