May 5, 2020
Today Chelsey and Sara are chatting about The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. We’re discussing iconic literary mothers and the depiction of motherhood in Amy Tan’s debut novel. Plus, we talk about the blurred lines between Tan’s fiction and her real life and which characters really captured our attention. Our discussion includes:
Plus, as always, we’re recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic include a and a YA graphic novel and a 2019 Booker Prize winner.
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The Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan [42:38]
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang [49:20]
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee [56:06]
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi [39:16]
Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo [45:19]
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu [52:51]
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Ugly Delicious on Netflix
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong