Goodreads Monday – June 12, 2017

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. If you want to participate, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Make sure you check out Lauren’s Page Turners and link back to her blog and add your own links! I first learned about Goodreads Monday from Steph at Steph’s Novel Fiction and I’m excited to join in ~ my TBR list is out of control, so I might as well have fun with it!

The book I chose this week (#54 based on a random number generator!) is one that has been on my Goodreads To-Read shelf since February 14, 2015, and one I recently added to a list of recommendations from an author panel on “Race in Minnesota” I attended at TeenLitCon in May.

TheLateHomecomerThe Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
by Kao Kalia King
(Coffee House Press – January 2008)


In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard.

Beginning in the 1970s, as the Hmong were being massacred for their collaboration with the United States during the Vietnam War, Yang recounts the harrowing story of her family’s captivity, the daring rescue undertaken by her father and uncles, and their narrow escape into Thailand where Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp.

When she was six years old, Yang’s family immigrated to America, and she evocatively captures the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language. Through her words, the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community have finally found a voice.


I have no recollection of adding this to my list back in 2015, but I definitely know why the topic interests me and why I added it to my TBR!

In my area of western Wisconsin, we have a large Hmong population in the larger towns, and I used to teach in a school where over half of my caseload was of Hmong heritage. I am always interested in learning about different cultures and aspects of world/US history, especially when so locally relevant, so I’m newly excited about this title.

Since I drafted this post last week, I bought a copy of this book so I won’t forget about it again!

Has anyone read this yet? Thoughts? What’s a book on YOUR TBR list right now?

Click here for the rest of my mile-long Goodreads TBR list! I need to go in there and weed out the ones that I did actually read years ago and forgot to track in GR……

And…….more of my Goodreads Mondays posts.

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