This month's book club pick is Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong! We will be meeting in an online video chat on Friday, June 10th at 7:30 pm. You can find the meeting link in the sidebar of the blog (look to the right)!
Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Genius Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. You can find him on his website.
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Reviews & Interviews
“Only to Feel This Fully”: Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong - Kenyon Review
Ocean Vuong: Interviewed by Kaveh Akbar - DIVEDAPPER
Ocean Vuong: Poetry, Bodies, and Stillness - The Marginalia Review
This month's book club pick is On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong! We will be meeting on Friday, January 14th at 7:30 pm in an online video chat. You can RSVP and get the linkhere.
Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur Genius Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. You can find him on his website.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.
With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
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Reviews & Interviews
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Review - The Guardian
Survival as a Creative Force: An Interview with Ocean Vuong - The Paris Review
Ocean Vuong on reading, life during the pandemic, and xenophobia - The Seattle Times
This month's book club pick is Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta! We will be meeting on Friday, December 10th at 7:30 pm in an online video chat. You can RSVP and get the link here.
Zoe Hana Mikuta currently attends the University of Washington in Seattle, studying English with a creative writing focus. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where she developed a deep love of Muay Thai kickboxing and nurtured a slow and steady infatuation for fictional worlds. When she is not writing, Zoe can be found embroidering runes onto her jean pockets, studying tarot or herbology, or curled up with a cup of caramel coffee and a good, bloody but heartwarming book. She is the author of the Gearbreakers duology (Gearbreakers and Godslayers). You can find her on her website and @ZoeHanaMikuta on twitter.
We went past praying to deities and started to build them instead...
The shadow of Godolia's tyrannical rule is spreading, aided by their giant mechanized weapons known as Windups. War and oppression are everyday constants for the people of the Badlands, who live under the thumb of their cruel Godolia overlords.
Eris Shindanai is a Gearbreaker, a brash young rebel who specializes in taking down Windups from the inside. When one of her missions goes awry and she finds herself in a Godolia prison, Eris meets Sona Steelcrest, a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot. At first Eris sees Sona as her mortal enemy, but Sona has a secret: She has intentionally infiltrated the Windup program to destroy Godolia from within.
As the clock ticks down to their deadliest mission yet, a direct attack to end Godolia's reign once and for all, Eris and Sona grow closer--as comrades, friends, and perhaps something more...
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Reviews & Interviews
Sapphic Dystopian Excellence in Zoe Hana Mikuta's Gearbreakers - TOR
On the World Through the Eyes of a Young Writer, Mecha Sci-Fi, and 'Quiet' Romances - The Quiet Pond
Zoe Hana Mikuta on Her Queer Mech Novel - Nerdist
We hope you can join us for this month's Pride Among the Pines book club on December 10th at 7:30 pm online! Happy Reading!
Max Ruthless (they/them) -- Store Owner
Anthony Veasna So
Asian American Author
Beetle & The Hollowbones
Count Your Lucky Stars
Heaven Official's Blessing
Legends & Lattes
Love After The End
Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
Night Sky With Exit Wounds
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
The Taking Of Jake Livingston
Tian Guan Ci Fu
Zoe Hana Mikuta