On May 30, USA Today unveiled its best-selling book list, with dozens of Asian and Pacific Islander writers among the honored group, including 11 American Indians.
From memoirs and fiction to novels and humor, their works are as diverse and dynamic as the authors themselves. The authors of the AAPI represent an important part of the ever-expanding and evolving American literary canon, writes USA Today in its report.
“We selected a sample of 40 AAPI authors who are on our bestseller list. Authors range from beginnings to mainstays and write in a variety of genres. While they aren’t the only AAPI authors on our list, we hope this list leads readers to further explore the source of Asian American and Pacific Islander books and literature, ” did he declare.
Among the writers included were Kiran Desai, Dr Sanjay Gupta, Vice President Kamala Harris, Meena Harris, Mindy Kaling, Jhumpa Lahiri, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Reshma Saujani, and Thrity Umrigarigar.
Indian-born author Desai moved to the United States as a teenager with her writer mother, Anita Desai. Her first novel, “Hullabaloo in the Goyava Orchard”, garnered good reviews, but it was her second novel, “The Inheritance of Loss”, Booker Prize winner, that made it to the bestseller list, according to The report.
Neurosurgeon, journalist and writer Gupta first made the bestseller list in 2007 with his book “Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today”. He returned in 2012 with the novel “Monday Mornings” and in 2021 with “Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age,” USA Today reported.
Vice President Harris was also a USA Today bestselling author with two books on our list. The first, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey”, explores her life as a daughter of immigrants. Her parents emigrated from India and Jamaica and raised Harris and her sister Maya in California. His second bestseller, “Superheroes Are Everywhere,” is a children’s book that says children’s heroes can be found anywhere and can be one, too, the report noted in a presentation text.
A lawyer, entrepreneur and author, Meena Harris is also the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris. She recently arrived on the list with two children’s books: “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” based on a true story of Sisters Kamala and Maya Harris as they worked with their community to bring about change; and “Ambitious Girl,” about a young girl who sees the challenges women face when she sees a strong woman labeled as “too assertive” and “too ambitious,” the report notes.
Actress, comedian and writer Kaling has written two best-selling essays: “Everyone Hangs Out Without Me? (and other concerns) ”and“ Why not me? Both books include his observations on life, romance, friendship and Hollywood, according to the blurb.
The daughter of Indian immigrants who emigrated to the United Kingdom, Lahiri moved to the United States with her family at the age of 3 and grew up in Rhode Island. Most of the author’s notable works have been USA Today bestsellers, starting with his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut short story collection, “Interpreter of Diseases.” Other bestsellers include this year’s “The Namesake,” “Unaccustomed Earth,” “The Lowland,” and “Whereabouts,” an English translation of a story she originally wrote and published in Italian, according to the publication.
Mirza’s debut novel, “A Place for Us,” reached the bestseller list in 2018. Readers follow the story of an Indian Muslim family in California on the eve of their eldest daughter’s wedding. The novel was also the inaugural novel of Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP imprint for Hogarth. In an interview with the “Today” show, Mirza shared that “growing up I never saw a life like mine reflected in fiction and therefore for me writing this novel was a way of honoring the where I came from, ”the report said.
Indo-American physician Mukherjee, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia and a cancer researcher, won the Pulitzer Prize for his successful non-fiction work, “The Emperor of All Diseases: A Biography of Cancer “. It was then made into a documentary of the same name by Ken Burns. He followed up “Emperor” with another USA Today bestseller, “The Gene: An Intimate History” of 2016, he said.
The daughter of a Filipino mother and a South Indian father, award-winning poet and Guggenheim member Nezhukumatathil released her first documentary “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Stonishment” in 2020. The collection of essays on the natural world was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and named Book of the Year 2020 by Barnes & Noble, the report notes.
Lawyer, activist and founding CEO of Girls Who Code, Saujani released “Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder”, which landed on the bestseller list in 2019. An extension of her Ted Talk 2016, Saujani’s “Brave, Not Perfect” message is also the subject of an online community and podcast, USA Today reported.
Umrigar’s “The Space Between Us” was released in 2006 and made it to the list in 2018. In the novel, which was a finalist for a PEN / Beyond Margins award, two women discover an emotional connection as they struggle against limits of a rigid caste. system in modern India. Her next novel, “Honor”, is expected to be published in 2022.