Writers Read | Celeste Ng

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Celeste Ng’s debut novel EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU centers on a Chinese-American family in the 1970s struggling with a sudden tragic loss. In advance of her July 17th reading and book signing, we asked her to recommend books that inspired or informed her wonderful new book. She responded with this list of seven titles and comments: 

Amy and Isabelle Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375705199
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books USA - February 1st, 2000

One of the most potent explorations I’ve read of mother-daughter relationships and the effects long-held secrets can have on a family.


The Love Wife Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781400076512
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books USA - October 11th, 2005

A masterful portrait of a contemporary mixed family and the shifting identities, loyalties, and fault lines between its members.


A Friend of the Family Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781616200176
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - November 9th, 2010

When his son falls for a woman with a shocking past, a devoted father sets out to derail the relationship—raising the question of how far we’ll go to protect our children and our hopes for them.


The Dogs of Babel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316778503
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2004

A haunting story about a man determined to understand whether his wife’s death was accident or suicide—but at what emotional cost?


The Family Fang Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061579059
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - April 17th, 2012

Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, this novel follows the members of a family of famous performance artists as the children try to create their own lives in the shadow of their parents’ influence.


Part Asian 100% Hapa Cover Image
By Kip Fulbeck, Kip Fulbeck (Artist), Sean Lennon (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780811849593
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - March 9th, 2006

Based on “The Hapa Project,” these photos of part-Asian people of all ages—and their answers to the question “What are you?”—are beautiful and thought-provoking.


The Chinese in America: A Narrative History Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780142004173
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2004

A highly readable history for those interested in learning more about the history of Chinese Americans.

Celeste Ng signs her debut novel, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, on Thursday, July 17 at 7PM


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