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[NY] Cosmos Book Club #7: If You Leave Me with Crystal Hana Kim
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] Cosmos Book Club #7: If You Leave Me with Crystal Hana Kim

Cosmos Book Club is having its seventh gathering on Monday, April 8 at AAWW to discuss If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim. This rich, riveting debut novel is about war, family, and forbidden love. The grand saga delves into the lives of two ill-fated lovers Haemi and Kyunghwan and the difficult choices they are forced to make in the years surrounding the Korean War. As Haemi becomes a wife and a mother, she is fraught with longing for autonomy in a rapidly changing world that places limitations on her identity while also having to reconcile the need to provide security for her family.

At this book club we will be joined by author Crystal Hana Kim for a Q&A and book signing following our group discussion! Snacks and beverages will be provided, generously donated by our sponsor Yooeating.

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[NY] Cosmos Book Club #6: The Best We Could Do
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] Cosmos Book Club #6: The Best We Could Do

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The Cosmos Book Club is reading The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui for our sixth gathering. Gather with other self-identifying women of Asian descent for an in-depth book discussion at Asian American Writers' Workshop. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Both readers and non-readers are welcome!

The Best We Could Do is a beautifully illustrated and emotionally poignant graphic novel memoir by debut author Thi Bui. This heart-wrenching story portrays her family's escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s to the difficulties faced in building new lives in America. The book explores themes such as the strength of family, the generational effects of displacement from parent to child, what it means to be a parent, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

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[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 5: A Tale for the Time Being
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 5: A Tale for the Time Being

The Cosmos Book Club is reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki for our fifth gathering, our first of 2019! Gather with other self-identifying women of Asian descent for an in-depth book discussion at Asian American Writers' Workshop. Both readers and non-readers are welcome.

About The Book

“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace — and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox —possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize and met with critical acclaim, A Tale for the Time Being explores the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, and fact and fiction, and emphasizes our shared humanity and constant search for home.

About The Cosmos Book Club

The Cosmos Book Club is a monthly gathering of self-identifying women of Asian descent to read, discuss, and support Asian diaspora literature by women authors.

We are currently piloting in New York, but email us at hello@jointhecosmos.com if you're interested in hosting a book club to your city!

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[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 4: All You Can Ever Know
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 4: All You Can Ever Know

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The Cosmos Book Club is reading All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung for our fourth gathering in November. Come join us for a thoughtful discussion at Asian American Writers' Workshop. Both readers and non-readers are welcome!

"What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong."

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[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 2: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

[NY] The Cosmos Book Club No. 2: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

The Cosmos Book Club is reading A Thousand Beginnings & Endings, a recently published story collection (and top community pick!) for our second gathering. The anthology contains fifteen reimagined short stories of East and South Asia folklore and ranges from fantasy to science fiction to romance. The book is compiled by We Need Diverse Books's Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman. We will engage in Cosmos style small group discussions around several of these stories and how it relates to us as multidimensional women. 

We are also so excited to welcome two authors who contributed to the anthology: Preeti Chhibber, author of "Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers", and Sona Charaipotra, author of "Still Star Crossed", will join us for a Q&A session following our discussion!!

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