In The Club

In the Club 07/28/21

Welcome to In The Club, a newsletter of resources to keep your book group well-met, well-read, and well-fed. This week I’m settling into my new digs in Jersey City, NJ. I’ve lived here before, but this feels like a new adventure, probably since it was a few years ago, I’m in a different apartment, and of course I now have this job. I’m definitely in a “new job, new phone, who dis?” mood.

I’m also happy to be near NYC again and able to visit my old haunts from when I was a 20-something-year-old scalawag, who did not traipse around Manhattan at all hours of the night with my friends acting grown *ahem*.

To the Club!

From the Library of Book Embosser by PickledStamps

We love this custom book embosser on Etsy!

New Releases

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X. R. Pan

I ADORED The Astonishing Color of After, so I’ve been waiting SO LONG to listen to this one. An Arrow to the Moon is Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology, which is 100% in my wheelhouse.

A graphic of the cover of Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

I just finished listening to Ocean Vuong narrate his latest poetry collection on audio. Ugh, it’s so incredibly beautiful, and there’s nothing like listening to a poet narrate his work. Time Is a Mother was written after Vuong’s mother passed away, and it’s full of longing for the person he loved most.

Riot Recommendations

A pineapple upside down cake recipe showdown!

On defining historical fiction

The most f*cked up books ever

Stop everything you’re doing right now and find out which American Girl doll you are

Why do people say that having your book banned is good?

Oprah defends controversial book club pick

Here is an AAPI care package assembled by the Smithsonian that includes meditations, poems, and films.

Thanks for chilling with me! As always, If you have any comments or just want to connect, send an email to

See you next week,


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