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Set in the Philippines and a suburb of the Bay Area, AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART by Elaine Castillo is a family saga told through the eyes of the De Vera women. The intimacies of a family, both the ones born into and the ones created, the tensions and thrills of romantic relationships, the everyday details of being a human, are all related to the reader with charming wit, empathy, and fierce political awareness. A huge amount of the story takes place in a restaurant so prepare to snack as you read. This is an impressive, immersive debut novel and I am look forward to reading more Castillo. Thanks to @wellreadhuman for recommending this one! . . . . . #americaisnottheheart #elainecastillo #readmorewomen #penguinrandomhouse #bookstagram #readwomen #booklove #reading #bookishday #bookworm #justfinishedreading #recommendedreading #literature #novel #bibliophile #booknerd #booksofig #bookstoread #booksandflowers #freesia #raineydayreads #bookstagrammer
So if you saw my story yesterday, you’ll know I’m a day late on posting this review for my May #justonemorepaigereadingchallenge2019 book. The prompt, in line with #APICelebrAsian, was in recognition of Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage month. And the wait for this review will have been worth it because this book was just that good. 🇵🇭 So basically, this is the first book I think I’ve ever read by a Filipino author. I learned so much about Filipino culture and language and food and traditions and history and it took me so long to get through this book because I kept stopping to Google things and read more about it all! That kind of education is a huge part of why I read - and I loved it! I also loved the fantastic bisexual rep - our female protagonist(s) were written with so much authenticity and I felt that deeply. This book is just so full of humanity, in all its beautiful and tragic forms, and the explorations of immigrant life, family (chosen and otherwise), and the power of the past, all held great truth. 🇵🇭 Honestly, thank you to @readingismagical for all her (completely on point) hype of this book. And let me join my voice with yours in recommending it! 🇵🇭 What books have you picked up because of #bookstagrammer recommendations?! Also, if you participated in the challenge this month, tell me what book you chose! 🇵🇭 For my full review, check the link in my bio. 🇵🇭 🇵🇭 #justonemorepaige #americaisnottheheart #elainecastillo #philippines #filipino #lgbtq #bisexual #immigrant #family #fiction #diversebooks #weneeddiversebooks #bookreview #bookblogger #booksandcoffee #bookphotography #bookstagram #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #igreads #readersofinstagram #readinglife #ilovereading #reader #bookish #bibliophile
I have a ridiculous number of unread books on my shelf. As I've been using the library more often lately, my own books have been somewhat neglected. . This is just a small collection of unread books I'd like to get to soon. I'm going to prioritise at least a couple of books on this stack of #tenonmytbr in June. There's a mix of recent and older purchases here and I'm pretty excited about all of them! If only more library holds hadn't just come in... . How do you prioritise what to read? Do you use libraries and library holds? . Thanks to @sometimes_i_read_books and @em.isreading for the inspiration for this #10onmytbr post ❤ Follow both of these wonderful women for more book goodness!
Day 23: This photo says, “mom, I am NOT about the photos today. I want to walk! I want some food! And I want it NOW!” . . . For those of you who don’t know, I host a monthly #bookclub in Houston that focuses on books by Asian and Asian American authors called Books, Hugs & Harmony. In June we’ll be reading America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo and meeting on Saturday, June 15 at 10 am at Inprint House (1520 W Main St.) Join us even if you haven’t finished the book! We’re doing a potluck style brunch, or rather, I’ll be providing yummy treats. Hope you can come! . . . #apicelebrasian #asianliterature #asian #americaisnottheheart #elainecastillo #aapi #book #bookstagram #read #readmore #diversebooks #diversestories #rosychainz #bookdog #bookshugsnharmony
💁🏻♀️ THROWBACK THURSDAY 💁🏻♀️ Today, I’m throwing it back to Weekend One of #APICelebrAsian and sharing more faves from API authors... if you haven’t read these yet, now is the perfect time to prioritize them on your TBR (and snap a photo for this weekend’s prompt 😉). 🌺 MONSOON MANSION: A MEMOIR is the stunning debut from @cinellebarnesbooks Go ahead and judge this book by its cover. Her story of resilience is lyrically told and inspiring. 🕰 AN OCEAN OF MINUTES by @thealimwriter is not your typical time travel story. It’s is an exploration of common themes — time, class, immigration, and love — through the lens of time travel. Go in with an open mind. This one is special. 🌈 THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by @exrpan is a powerful young adult novel that alternates between the real and the magical as its artistic protagonist, Leigh Chen Sanders, comes to terms with her mother’s past and suicide. A beautiful story that paints a realistic picture of mental health. 🌋 DIAMOND HEAD by Cecily Wong is forever a favorite for me. Historical fiction. Family saga. Secrets and lies. Sacrifice and tragedy. Love and romance. A sprinkle of the fantastical... highly recommend. 🔥 LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by @pronounced_ing Does this even need a summary or introduction? If you haven’t read this yet, add this to your TBR. I’m cautiously optimistic on the upcoming Hulu TV miniseries adaptation. ❤️ AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART by @_elainecastillo contains one of the best prologues I’ve ever read. Seriously, I just reread it. It explores the lives of three generations of Filipina women in different phases of their settling in America and how they cope with their past and their present. Have you read any of these wonderful books? What API-authored books do you have on your TBR? And don’t forget: This weekend’s #APICelerAsian prompt is... you guessed it, TBR.
An extremely belated #bookstagram - I finished this book nearly two weeks ago. But I’m still thinking about it - it’s a gorgeous story about home, and family, and how they can shift and change with time and experience. It’s also got some of the best food writing in fiction I’ve read in a long time. I’ve never eaten Filipino food before, and now I think a visit to @fob_kitchen is in my near future, purely based on this book! I enjoyed it a lot, and I think you will too.
“You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness.”
”As for loving America or not loving America, those aren’t your problems either. Your word for love is *survival*. Everything else is a story that isn’t about you .” . If you’re looking for a book that is unapologetically #ownvoices AF, if you don’t mind reading outside your comfort zone, if you’re willing to put in the work for a big payoff- I highly recommend America is Not the Heart by @_elainecastillo . . Unless you’re Filipino-American, and maybe even if you are, there are going to be things you don’t get, just go with it. Let the author take you for a very particular ride that doesn’t conform on any level to the dominant perspectives we are used to reading about and from . . At several points along the way, I thought I knew what the book was about or where it was going, then it would promptly go somewhere else. It did not care if I kept up with it. It clearly wasn’t telling its story for me. But it let me come along anyway and be surprised and delighted by how it unfolded. Imagine Junot Diaz, but without the footnotes, and more heart . . For some stellar #ownvoices reviews go check out @aquietnook, @read_tmc, and @readingismagical. And if you’ve read this one please let’s chat ! . . . #americaisnottheheart #elainecastillo #diversebooks #apicelebrasian #queerliteverymonth #bookstagram
An honour to chair a session at the @aklwritersfest yesterday with the brilliant @_elainecastillo who so generously and eloquently shared so many sharp insights about her wonderfully nuanced novel ‘America is Not the Heart’. Such a fiercely smart, warm and talented writer. I can’t wait to read more from her. #awf19 #elainecastillo #americaisnottheheart 📸 @papercutspod