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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: Nathacha Appanah’s TROPIC OF VIOLENCE

Five More to Go: Nathacha Appanah’s TROPIC OF VIOLENCE

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ Tropic of Violence, by Nathacha Appanah and translated by Geoffrey Strachan How can a story so harrowing, so wrenching be so gorgeous? In […]

Five More to Go: Kim Hyun Sook’s BANNED BOOK CLUB

Five More to Go: Kim Hyun Sook’s BANNED BOOK CLUB

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ Banned Book Club, by Kim Hyun Sook with Ryan Estrada, illustrated by Ko Hyung-Ju Busan-based wife-and-husband team Kim and Estrada mine […]

Five More to Go: Corinne Manning’s WE HAD NO RULES

Five More to Go: Corinne Manning’s WE HAD NO RULES

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ We Had No Rules, by Corinne Manning Corinne Manning’s author statement couldn’t be clearer: “I had no idea how to write […]

Five More to Go: Cho Nam-Joo’s KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982
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Five More to Go: Cho Nam-Joo’s KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, by Cho Nam-Joo and translated by Jamie Chang Cho’s narrative is part bildungsroman and part Wikipedia entry. […]

Filling a Lack of Voices from Inside Việt Nam: Talking with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Filling a Lack of Voices from Inside Việt Nam: Talking with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Thousands of Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s devoted readers should have been meeting her live over these next few weeks to hear about The Mountains Sing, her first novel in English. But an unprecedented pandemic has made the Indonesia-based Nguyễn’s worldwide tour impossible for now. What you can do, of course, is read her book (for […]

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Five More to Go: Kim Sagwa’s B, BOOK, AND ME
By February 11, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Kim Sagwa’s B, BOOK, AND ME

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ b, Book, and Me, by Kim Sagwa and translated by Sunhee Jeong Although this book is set in a coastal suburb […]

Five More to Go: Paul Yoon’s RUN ME TO EARTH
By January 28, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Paul Yoon’s RUN ME TO EARTH

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ Run Me to Earth, by Paul Yoon Traversing countries and continents during a half-century, Yoon’s (The Mountain, 2017) second novel unfolds […]

Five More to Go: Shokoofeh Azar’s THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE GREENGAGE TREE
By January 15, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Shokoofeh Azar’s THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE GREENGAGE TREE

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, by Shokoofeh Azar Although the page facing the title of Azar’s first novel to be […]

Knowing a Young Brown Person Might Listen and Feel Less Alone: The Narrative Life of Priya Ayyar
By October 23, 2019 2 Comments Read More →

Knowing a Young Brown Person Might Listen and Feel Less Alone: The Narrative Life of Priya Ayyar

Although audiobooks are just part of Priya Ayyar’s acting career, demand for her narrative talents shows no signs of slowing down. Recent highlights from Ayyar’s audio career are the focus of the “Now Hear This” column in the November 1 issue of Booklist, but Ayyar most definitely has plenty more to say. “Bringing these diverse […]

Five More to Go: Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING
By September 25, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING

This regular feature gives Booklist contributing reviewer Terry Hong the opportunity to shout about a recently published book she adored. She’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste Maaza Mengiste’s indelible debut, Beneath the Lion’s Gate (2010), put Ethiopian historical fiction on countless […]