2008-2009 Book Selections

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee

Uaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

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The book club offers members of the community with a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful and thoughtful literary discussions that delve into a variety of cultural, political, social, and personal issues related to the Asian American experience.

Who Can Join the Book Club?

The Book Club is open to anyone in the Northeastern community who is a current student, faculty, or staff member. The only requirements are 1) an interest and passion for reading, 2) an interest in Asian American issues and identity development, and 3) dedication to attending the planned meetings and events associated with the Club.

How Many Books Will We Read? How Many Can Join the Club?

The goal for this year is to read 1 book per semester. Selection of the books will be based on availability of author, relevance of book to current issues/topics, specific interest of group members. The Book Club is limited to 12 members. Preference will be given to having a healthy balance of students, faculty, staff, and other interested parties, along with a first-come, first-serve basis.

How Many Times Do We Meet?

The group will meet twice to discuss a single book and meet with the author (whenever possible). For each meeting, 1-2 members of the group will be responsible for leading the discussion. The Book Club will meet during Thursday activity blocks in the afternoon, for 1.5 hours.

Do I Have To Pay for Anything?

There are no costs or membership fees associated with the Book Club. All books will be provided by the Asian American Center to the members for free. Depending on the interests of the participants, arrangements may be mad to share the responsibility of providing snacks and beverages for regularly scheduled meetings.


American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Catfish and Mandala: A two-wheeled voyage through the landscape and memory of Vietnam (memoir) by Andrew X. Pham

Covering: The hidden assault on our civil rights (non-fiction) by Kenji Yoshino

One Tribe (novel) by M. Evelina Galang

A Fine Balance (novel) by Rohinton Mistry

Read more about previous book club selections and recommended reading.

Would you like to suggest a book to be read in the Book Club? Please email us your suggestions.