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Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

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This is a really interesting take on differing perspectives between the narrator and his Pakistani family and friends. They discuss subjects such as politics, religion, and immigration in America and how life is in Pakistan. Some have made a complete break and other cling to their homeland. Billed as a novel, this rings more like a memoir.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

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I'm a fan of Kevin Kwan because his books are just plain fun to read. He doesn't disappoint in this story of the filthy rich Asians and their unabashed  consumerism. Full of name-dropping and fun little end notes explaining himself, the story moves right along as you follow the main character Lucie, about to make a horrible mistake by marrying the wrong man. It make you want to scream at her and say, "No, not that one!"  Enjoy.

Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum

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Ariel's mom, Mona, runs an animal sanctuary outside a small town in Kansas. Ariel hasn't been back home in years but after she learns of a barn fire at the sanctuary, she makes the trip back home to see if she can help. A story about the family baggage we keep close, letting go, and going home again.  A good debut and a quick read.