10 Favorite Narrators (Emily Woo Zeller)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Kondo is a Japanese personal tidying expert (she doesn’t like to call herself an “organizer”). She originally wrote her decluttering manifesto to help the Japanese clients languishing on her waiting list. This translation has been praised for preserving the quirkiness of her voice. (Which comes across even better on audio.) It's since become a global publishing phenomenon, and now, a Netflix series. I appreciated this book, especially the ability to listen to Kondo's advice as I follow it. More info →
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The Leavers

The Leavers

One day, 11-year-old Deming Guo's mother leaves for work and never returns home. With no other family to care for him, two white professors adopt Deming and move him from the Bronx to upstate New York, renaming him and reshaping him into their ideal "all-American boy." Deming, now named Daniel, struggles to reconcile his new life with his past, his memories, and his mother's disappearance. Set in New York and China, this book is beautifully narrated and weaves a moving story around themes of immigration, identity, and belonging. More info →
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Loveboat, Taipei

Loveboat, Taipei

Ever Wong is an eighteen-year-old Asian American girl in Ohio, a talented dancer who, unknown to her parents, harbors dreams of pursuing professional dance when she graduates. When her parents find out she's considering abandoning the medical school path they've always dreamt of for their daughter, they promptly put her on a plane to Taiwan to spend the rest of the summer at Chien Tan—an immersive high school program that focuses on language and culture. She does NOT want to go, but when she arrives she's surprised to discover that far from the scholarly summer she expected, the students themselves call the program "Loveboat," because so many long-term relationships begin here, and they have so much unsupervised leisure time. Her roommate has even come in search of a husband. This was a fun listen about a girl traveling halfway around the world to find herself, and maybe find love, too. More info →
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