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I finished Korea Unmasked this afternoon. The author is Korean and has written about other countries before, but it is hard to take the many stereotypes and the simplification of culture. I know he's trying to give a quick overview in a humorous way, but it isn't necessary to do it in a way that perpetuates stereotypes. A Korean person gave me the book and there were aspects that I enjoyed, like learning some of the history, but it's definitely problematic.
Escaping the Tiger was a tough book to read. It shares the story of a young boy and his family who have left their home in Laos after the U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam. They end up in a refugee camp. Most of the story takes place in the camp. It's not an easy time for the family, but they try to keep their hopes up for a chance to make a new start. It's a book that tells of situations that many members of my community also experienced before they came to the U.S.
I got an ARC of I Am Princess X at ALA Midwinter and finally picked it up this weekend. It's a novel/graphic novel hybrid, but the ARC didn't have most of the illustrations. It's hard to judge it without those, but it was entertaining. From my Goodreads review, "This is a fun mystery with a few twists. I don't think it's meant to be taken too seriously though. Some things are way to coincidental, but it worked for me."
Surviving Santiago was my favorite book that I finished this week. I got the ARC at Midwinter and will be writing up a full review next week over at Rich in Color. It's a sequel/companion to Gringolandia but it could be read alone. I become more of a Lyn Miller-Lachmann fan every time I read one of her books.
Eep! was a book I read in honor of an upcoming trip to Amsterdam. I thought I ought to read at least a few books from that neck of the woods before I head over. Eep! is quite a unique book. There's a fantasy element and it was a cute story. It's a difficult thing to explain without spoiling things, but it seemed to be about love and goodbyes.
I am loving Mexican Whiteboy. I only have a few more chapters left. Matt de la Peña has pulled me into Danny's life. Gameworld is okay, but I wanted to like it more than I do. I started The Screaming Staircase on audio, but it expired (checked out digitally) and now I think I'll have to start over. Cooking from the Heart is a Hmong American cookbook. There are many recipes, but it also has some great information, essays and even some poems in it, so I am making my way through slowly. I've made the Thai Bubble Tea (very sweet, but yummy) and the Coconut Sticky Rice with Mangoes - also sweet and yummy. I want to try some more of the recipes.
Have a great week of reading!