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Rooting for the underdogs in this month’s book selections

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:

The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever
By David Yoo
Grand Central Publishing, 2012

Growing up, David Yoo hated everything that identified him as Asian: his slanted eyes, his slight frame, and others’ assumptions that he was academically gifted.

So in an effort to buck the model minority stereotype, Yoo does everything he can to reject his Korean heritage and fall remarkably short of his parents’ and society’s expectations for a young Asian American man.

He doesn’t bother with school, he quits tennis, and gives up the various musical instruments he played as a boy.

He forms a “gang,” two white boys and an Asian boy dressed as thugs who glare at old folks at the senior center.

He attends a non-Ivy League college.

“Choke Artist” is the true story of Yoo, an author of young adult novels, and his quest toward mediocrity.

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