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📖 8: America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~ Following Hero, a Filipino migrant, as she tries to rebuild her life in California; this book has a lot of heart, even if America is not it. Castillo’s focus is on relationships, sexuality, intimacy, and the meaning of ‘family’. Her prose is beautiful but without flourish; she writes the way people think and talk, with false starts and strange grammatical structures; not so much that reading becomes a chore, instead it simply feels natural and helps you to get into the mind of the characters your walking with. There are a couple of chapters written in second person, which didn’t sit well with me. There’s also A LOT of social and political context to take in and it can feel a bit heavy a times. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the final chapter got me right in the feels. It also made me hungry; be prepared to want to eat all the Filipino food! Huge thanks to @kirstydbooks and @atlanticbooks for the paperback copy of this. It’s available to buy in March.

Weekend Read! We're glad to hear more Filipino voices from the bookshelves in the UK! Elaine Castillo's America is Not the Heart is a moving read about the intricacies of Filipino-American society and the journey of Hero De Vera from the Philippines to the US amidst a mountain of struggles and family secrets. This book is available in all major UK bookstores and may also be ordered online. #ReadPH #book #americaisnottheheart #literature #weekend #read

Early morning start with this riveting Filipina tale and yummy anka sticky bun at Breadbelly. Gotta come back to try their Not Ube Tart 😋 💕📚 #bookstagram #booksandcoffee #filipinobooks #literarybooks #tournamentofbooks2019 #tob2019 #tournamentofbooks #elainecastillo #americaisnottheheart

The paperback of the completely and utterly gorgeous #AmericaIsNotTheHeart is publishing in March and I think it's fair to say the quotes pretty much speak for themselves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "This book is it: one of the best debut novels (and novels, period) of recent years" - Elle ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Blazingly fearless... Castillo is hugely talented” - Observer ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Critical and compelling” - New York Times ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “There is so much to love about this book” - The Pool ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Epic, soaring, brilliant” - Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “A gorgeous saga... Wonderful” - Stylist ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Beautifully tender, and a powerfully crafted portrayal of intimacy and the rawness of human emotion that will linger with you long after you've finished reading it” - Otegha Uwagba, author of the Sunday Times bestseller 'Little Black Book' ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “If peaches were the most tender fruit of 2017 thanks to Call Me By Your Name, this year prepare to have your heart melted by a persimmon” - AnOther Magazine ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The next big thing... It has drama and tragedy in spades, but it also has so much love of every kind spilling out of it pages that I closed it each night with a huge, warm smile” – Paris Review #book #fiction #bookstagram #instabooks #literature #literaryfiction #americaisnottheheart #paperback

A Week in the Life: . I met up with my classmate, Gabriele Simon, who is a graduate student of WGSS in Public Policy. She was kind enough to share her queer lit recommendations which I'll be adding to my tbr: . Gabriele: America is Not the Heart by Filipino-American author, Elaine Castillo was my favorite book of 2018, and was the first time I ever saw myself completely reflected in a piece of fiction as a queer, eczema ridden Filipina, and as a child of immigrants whose life under martial law in 1980s Philippines would dictate the entire course of her life. It made me wonder, 'Is this what straight white dudes feel all the time?' Castillo writes with bombast and brilliance, and it's a book I love with the entirety of my being. . My Lesbian Experience with Loneless is Nagata Kabi's autobio manga about her experience trying to have sex for the first time as a 28 year old lesbian virgin. Kabi's art is cute and funny, and she tells her story of dealing with depression while figuring out her sexuality with a level of candor and transparency that I think every autobio writer should strive towards. . Occident is a collection of poetry by my good friend Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel, and it is an absolute powerhouse of a book. I think that Gillian writes some of the most viscerally felt work, and their attention to detail and form shows a true control of their craft. Occident is one of my favorite things on my bookshelf, a moving meditation on memory, place, and identity. As far as I'm concerned, this is required reading from an incredible trans non-binary poet. . #queerlit #americaisnottheheart #mylesbianexperiencewithloneliness #bookstagram #occident #bookphoto #bibliophile #bookish #bookworm #instabook #bookaholic #bookishlove #lgbtbooks #igbooks #readwomen #booknerdigan #feminism #picturegw #booksofinstagram

Ahhhhhhh more things I am unforgivably late to but please check out @bonjour_yall’s absolutely stunning comic in @vqreview, drawn from a long in-depth interview we did talking about AINTH, women in my family, labor and immigration—Jess, you made a masterpiece here (those persimmons!! 😭😭) and I am so moved and grateful to have been part of it 💐💐💐 . https://www.vqronline.org/interviews-articles/2018/12/last-shift-0 . #americaisnottheheart

Gang, the season of paperbacks and translations is coming upon us and first up is a valentine from @solferinolibri: the Italian version of AINTH, out today! If you speak Italian, you can catch yr girl being interviewed in Corriere della Sera—also WOW seeing the word Milpitas in an Italian newspaper is pure wildness, especially since the first time I ever went to Italy, the first language I heard off the plane was Tagalog, so big shoutout to the huge Filipinx diaspora in Italy, to all you Italian readers, and to the wonderful Alessandra Muglia for this deep-dive of an interview 🥳🥳🥳 . #americaisnottheheart

Ahhhhhhhh, long time no see, gang, and there’s so so much to catch up on, but first you gotta check out the brilliant @matt.vee in @nytimes talking about the heart-melting behind the scenes (and many iterations, including the image above) of his beautiful work for the AINTH US hardback cover! Matt, yr a true legend and I’ll treasure this cover and the heart you put into it forever 🙌🏽💪🏽❤️ . https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/books/cover-stories.html . #americaisnottheheart

How’s everyone’s week going? I hope you’re all doing well. I’m so excited that I was able to get this book from my library. • • • Have you read, America Is Not The Heart? Are there any books that you have on hold at your local library? • • • #locallibrary #librarybooks #librarybook #bookish #bibliophile #bibliophiles #bookstagrammer #bookstagrams #igbooks #igreads #instabooks #instareads #booksofig #booksofinsta #booksofinstagram #readersofig #readersofinsta #readersofinstagram #americaisnottheheart #readingisfundamental #toberead #bookaddict #bookobsessed

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