AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. This is a month dedicated to honoring and uplifting AAPI individuals and their cultures. No matter what you prefer to read, there’s an AAPI author out there who has written something you’re sure to connect with.

Here are some ideas from our collection. You may also be interested in the images and exhibitions available through the Library of Congress website at asianpacificheritage.gov

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (Fiction)

Severance by Ling Ma (Fiction)

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (Fiction)

The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama (Fiction)

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar (Fiction)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Fiction)

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Fiction)

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian (Fiction)

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (Fiction)

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (Fiction)

Babel by R.F. Kuang (Fiction)

Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, and Philip Wang (Nonfiction)


Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang (Memoir)

What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo (Memoir)

Know My Name by Chanel Miller (Memoir)

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino (Essays)

Here are some Young Adult (YA) suggestions from our collection! Many are award winners and hold a place on “Best Of” Lists.


The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Displacement by Kiku Hughes

A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee


Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Legend by Marie Lu

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir