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May Book List


Hello everyone! Happy spring!

We are excited to celebrate the month of May with you all by sharing another book list! May is both Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month! Below are books written by AAPI and Jewish authors and/or with AAPI and Jewish characters!

We hope you enjoy this list! As always, the buzzwords for each list are from the app Story Graph! To get Story Graph for free, you can click the link below!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

MYSTERY/THRILLER/HORROR 

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala  

fiction mystery funny lighthearted mysterious medium-paced

Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara  

fiction mystery mysterious slow-paced

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha 

fiction crime historical literary race challenging dark emotional medium-paced

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey  

fiction historical mystery mysterious slow-paced

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow  

fiction mystery lighthearted mysterious fast-paced

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovdia Yu  

fiction mystery lighthearted mysterious slow-paced

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier  

fiction crime thriller dark emotional tense fast-paced

Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal  

fiction historical horror emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced

The Face at the Window by Kiran Manral  

fiction horror thriller dark slow-paced

The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike  

fiction horror mystery dark mysterious tense medium-paced

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/SPECULATIVE FICTION 

The Farm by Joanne Ramos 

fiction science fiction reflective slow-paced

Exhalation by Ted Chiang  

fiction science fiction short stories adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu  

fiction fantasy adventurous challenging medium-paced

The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian  

fiction fantasy mystery mysterious medium-paced

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo  

fiction fantasy historical adventurous emotional mysterious slow-paced

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan  

fiction fantasy young adult adventurous challenging slow-paced

Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur  

fiction fantasy magical realism emotional funny reflective medium-paced

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang  

fiction fantasy historical adventurous dark slow-paced

Jade City by Fonda Lee  

fiction fantasy adventurous dark medium-paced

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart  

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He  

fiction dystopian science fiction young adult adventurous emotional mysterious medium-paced

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho  

fiction fantasy romance young adult adventurous emotional lighthearted fast-paced

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ adventurous emotional mysterious medium-paced

ROMANCE/CONTEMPORARY/HISTORICAL FICTION 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang  

fiction contemporary romance emotional lighthearted medium-paced

House of Many Gods by Kiana Davenport  

fiction contemporary historical emotional reflective slow-paced

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu  

fiction contemporary literary challenging funny reflective medium-paced

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri  

fiction contemporary literary emotional reflective sad slow-paced

When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry 

fiction literary emotional reflective medium-paced

The Marriage Game by Sara Desai   

fiction contemporary romance funny lighthearted fast-paced

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen 

fiction lgbtqia+ literary emotional reflective medium-paced

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka 

fiction contemporary literary emotional reflective sad slow-paced

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha  

fiction contemporary literary challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin  

fiction contemporary romance funny lighthearted medium-paced

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

fiction historical lgbtqia+ young adult emotional hopeful medium-paced

NONFICTION  

Fairest by Meredith Talusan  

nonfiction lgbtqia+ memoir challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmilla Sen  

nonfiction memoir race emotional informative reflective slow-paced

Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story by Mazie K. Hirono  

nonfiction autobiography biography politics emotional informative reflective medium-paced

Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong 

nonfiction lgbtqia+ poetry emotional reflective sad medium-paced

Know My Name by Chanel Miller  

nonfiction feminism memoir emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner  

nonfiction food and drink memoir emotional reflective sad medium-paced

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang 

nonfiction memoir emotional reflective medium-paced

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong  

nonfiction essays memoir race challenging informative reflective medium-paced

RESOURCES/LINKS

Jewish American Heritage Month

MYSTERY/THRILLER/HORROR 

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon 

fiction mystery science fiction challenging mysterious reflective slow-paced

The World to Come by Dara Horn  

fiction historical magical realism emotional reflective slow-paced

The Tribe by Bari Wood  

fiction horror thriller dark slow-paced

Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky  

fiction crime mystery mysterious fast-paced

Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman  

fiction mystery lighthearted mysterious fast-paced

Permed to Death by Nancy Cohen  

fiction crime mystery mysterious fast-paced

The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman 

fiction crime mystery thriller mysterious medium-paced

These Violent Delights by Michah Nemerever  

fiction lgbtqia+ challenging dark reflective slow-paced

The Rabbi Who Prayed with Fire by Rachel Sharona Lewis 

fiction mystery adventurous mysterious reflective medium-paced

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/SPECULATIVE FICTION  

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker  

fiction fantasy historical adventurous reflective slow-paced

The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner  

fiction fantasy adventurous reflective medium-paced

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman  

fiction historical literary emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced

From Dust, A Flame by Rebecca Podos 

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ young adult adventurous emotional mysterious medium-paced

Starglass by Phoebe North  

fiction science fiction young adult adventurous slow-paced

The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero 

fiction fantasy historical magical realism young adult emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke 

fiction historical young adult challenging informative medium-paced

The Way Back by Gavriel Savit  

fiction fantasy historical young adult adventurous mysterious fast-paced

Burning Girls and Other Stories by Veronica Schanoes 

fiction short stories adventurous dark medium-paced

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay  

fiction fantasy historical adventurous slow-paced

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller  

fiction dystopian fantasy science fiction adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

fiction fantasy young adult adventurous mysterious medium-paced

ROMANCE/CONTEMPORARY/HISTORICAL FICTION  

The Orchard by David Hopen  

fiction religion emotional reflective slow-paced

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friendland  

fiction contemporary emotional lighthearted slow-paced

On Division by Goldie Goldbloom  

fiction contemporary challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer  

fiction contemporary literary emotional reflective medium-paced

Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman 

fiction historical emotional reflective slow-paced

Nemesis by Philip Roth 

fiction historical literary dark reflective sad slow-paced

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder  

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ literary emotional reflective fast-paced

Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon 

fiction historical lgbtqia+ emotional informative reflective slow-paced

Sarahland by Sam Cohen  

fiction lgbtqia+ short stories dark funny reflective medium-paced

All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad 

fiction lgbtqia+ literary emotional reflective medium-paced

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem

fiction historical literary emotional sad slow-paced

NONFICTION 

A Year Without a Name: A Memoir by Cyrus Grace Dunham  

nonfiction lgbtqia+ memoir emotional informative reflective medium-paced

Jews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers by Stewart F. Lane 

informative reflective medium-paced

Orthodox Jews in America by Jeffrey S. Gurock 

nonfiction history religion

The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

nonfiction feminism lgbtqia+ memoir race science challenging informative medium-paced

Miriam’s Kitchen by Elizabeth Ehrlich 

nonfiction autobiography biography food and drink reflective slow-paced

Hunger Makes a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein  

nonfiction feminism memoir music reflective medium-paced

Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen  

nonfiction essays history politics informative reflective slow-paced

Continuum by Chella Man  

nonfiction lgbtqia+ race young adult informative inspiring reflective fast-paced

Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen by David Sax  

nonfiction history informative slow-paced

Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land edited by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle 

nonfiction comics history challenging reflective slow-paced

Backing into Forward: A Memoir by Jules Feiffer  

nonfiction biography comics memoir funny reflective slow-paced

Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman by Abby Stein  

nonfiction lgbtqia+ memoir religion emotional reflective fast-paced

RESOURCES/LINKS

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