What can we do to unlock the past? How do family secrets affect us? Author Shawna Yang Ryan has spent a lot of time thinking about these issues – and in this episode, she joins Jacke for a discussion of some of her favorite books, including the novel that led her to rethink her understanding of the American West and the graphic novel about a family’s journey that can bring her to tears.
SHAWNA YANG RYAN is a former Fulbright scholar and the author of Water Ghosts (Penguin Press 2009) and Green Island (Knopf 2016). She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her short fiction has appeared inZYZZYVA, The Asian American Literary Review, Kartika Review, andThe Berkeley Fiction Review. She is the 2015 recipient of the Elliot Cades Emerging Writer award. Originally from California, she now lives in Honolulu.
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Green Island and Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan
Another Country by James Baldwin
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey by GB Tran
Locked in Time by Lois Duncan
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Yi Yi [A One and a Two…] directed by Edward Yang
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“Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).
“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” and “Greta Sting” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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