Through the experiences of grief and loss, books can help to repair and rewrite those narratives as we learn about the stories and struggles of those who have gone before us. Read more on the blog for book recommendations from our Grief collection.
Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.
The memoir is a compelling voice of the forgotten as told through the perspective of a child. The author drew the dark curtains shrouding her childhood and guided her readers through claustrophobic sweatshops, isolated school lunches, and predatory train rides. Read Jowana's review on the blog.
Beautiful Country is the story of Qian Julie Wang’s childhood as an illegal immigrant in New York. It has a unique and inspiring story to tell, and it is—no weak pun intended—beautifully written. Read Jed's review on the blog.
At the age of fourteen, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison. He survived eighteen years in solitary confinement until he was freed as part of an incredible crusade by the Equal Justice Initiative. My Time Will Come is an inspiring story of a man who transcended adversity through determination and art—in Ian Manuel’s case, through his dedication to writing poetry. Read more here.
Michelle Zauner tells her story of growing up as one of the few Asian American kids at her school, of struggling with her mother's expectations, of a painful adolescence, of months spent with her grandmother in Seoul. And then the beginning of her adulthood as she moves to the East Coast for college, working in the restaurant industry, and gigs with her fledgling band, and realizing her Koreanness began to feel more distant. Read more here.
You can travel the world looking for yourself, but if you don't know what you're looking for, how can you find it? Like Streams To The Ocean is about examining the things that make us who we are and getting to know ourselves, our stories, and the decisions that shape our one and only life. Read an excerpt on the blog.
Full of grace, candor, grit, and humor, Eat a Peach chronicles Chang’s switchback path. He lays bare his mistakes and wonders about his extraordinary luck as he recounts the improbable series of events that led him to the top of his profession. He wrestles with his lifelong feelings of otherness and inadequacy, explores the mental illness that almost killed him, and finds hope in the shared value of deliciousness. Along the way, Chang gives us a penetrating look at restaurant life, in which he balances his deep love for the kitchen with unflinching honesty about the industry’s history of brutishness and its uncertain future.
A singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender. Read the first few pages of Meredith Talusan's memoir, Fairest, here at the Fully Booked blog.