September 21, 2021
The Lit Clubby
The Lit Club by NAE is a book club and living resource focused on literary works shedding light on the immigrant experience in its many forms. The goal is to introduce participants to a new and wide range of immigrant stories, exploring the variety of lived experiences.
We will announce Lit Club special selections, and invite you to read along with us. At the end of each book cycle, which will last 30-45 days, we will host a live discussion between the immigrant author and a very special moderator.
We have already compiled many great book recommendations, but we need your help. To submit your own NAE Lit Club book recommendation, please use this Google Form. These recommendations should all focus on the immigrant experience.
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Lit Club Special Selection
An intimate, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir recounting a young girl’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens, and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectations.
Ly Tran is just a toddler in 1993 when she and her family immigrate from a small town along the Mekong river in Vietnam to a two-bedroom railroad apartment in Queens. Ly’s father, a former lieutenant in the South Vietnamese army, spent nearly a decade as a POW, and their resettlement is made possible through a humanitarian program run by the US government. Soon after they arrive, Ly joins her parents and three older brothers sewing ties and cummerbunds piece-meal on their living room floor to make ends meet.
As they navigate this new landscape, Ly finds herself torn between two worlds. She knows she must honor her parents’ Buddhist faith and contribute to the family livelihood, working long hours at home and eventually as a manicurist alongside her mother at a nail salon in Brownsville, Brooklyn, that her parents take over. But at school, Ly feels the mounting pressure...More
Past Special Selections
A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curiousby Roya Hakakian Click here to see our video discussion.
Things We Lost to the Waterby Eric Nguyen Click here to see our video discussion.
House of Sticksby Ly Tran Click here to see our video discussion.
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