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10 Books to Honor & Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month | May 2021 Edition

For the latest edition of Birdies Book Club, we’re honoring and celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with Team Birdies’ list of 10 great books written by Asian-American & Pacific Islander women both past and present. While our list represents only a small slice of amazing literature by the Asian-American & Pacific Islander community, we hope you’ll find at least a few old and new books to add to your reading list. As a bonus, we’ve also included links to AAPI-owned bookstores around the country where you can shop these titles and support independent businesses. 

collage of AAPI book covers

10 Great Books by Female AAPI Authors

Ali Wong: Dear Girls 

Cathy Park Hong: Minor Feelings

Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club

Jhumpa Lahiri: Interpreter of Maladies 

Kristiana Kahakauwila: This Is Paradise

Min Jin Lee: Pachinko 

Rupi Kaur: Milk and Honey

Maxine Hong Kingston: The Woman Warrior 

Michelle Zauner: Crying in H Mart

Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things 

Kinokuniya bookstore interiorKinokuniya Bookstore

10 AAPI-Owned Bookstores You Can Help Support

Bel Canto Books (Long Beach, CA)

Arkipelago Books (San Francisco, CA)

Eastwind Books (Berkeley, CA)

A Good Used Book (Los Angeles, CA)

The Lev (Los Angeles, CA)

Orphan Books (Los Angeles, CA)

Philippine Expressions Bookstore (San Pedro, CA)

Femme Fire Books (Jacksonville, Florida)

Maomi Bookstore (Chamblee, GA)

Kinokuniya (Various Locations)

We hope our list includes some titles you’ll want to add to your reading list. And if you’re feeling extra inspired, share a few of your favorite AAPI authors with us @birdies on Instagram.   

Interested in past book club recommendations? Check out 10 Books to Honor & Celebrate Black History Month | February 2021 Edition