20 New Books by Asian Authors to Get Excited About

We rounded up the best new 2021 book releases by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors, from Senator Mazie K. Hirono's 'Heart of Fire' to Helen Hoang's 'The Heart Principle.' Order them here.

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Yes, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is in May, but we should be reading books by AAPI authors year-round. From Senator Mazie K. Hirono's Heart of Fire (opens in new tab) to Michelle Zauner's Crying in H Mart (opens in new tab) to Helen Hoang's The Heart Principle (opens in new tab)Marie Claire rounded up the must-read 2021 book releases by Asian and Asian American authors. Browse through our favorites, ahead, and if you want to stand in solidarity with the AAPI community following the surge in AAPI hate crimes over the past year, learn how to do so here (opens in new tab).

Rachel Epstein is a former editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.