December 6, 2018

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I don't remember a time when I wasn't chubby. Like being Indian, being chubby feels like it is just part of my permanent deal.
When Dimple Met Rishi
Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

By: Sandhya Menon
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she's more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the "Ideal Indian Husband." Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn't have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers...right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him--wherein he'll have to woo her--he's totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. The Shahs and Patels didn't mean to start turning the wheels on this "suggested arrangement" so early in their children's lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. --From Simon Pulse

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

By: Mindy Kaling
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck-impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence "Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I'll shut up about it?" In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Bend it like Beckham
Narinder Dhami

Bend it like Beckham

By: Narinder Dhami
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9

Sixteen year old Jesminder, a daughter of Indian immigrants, is in love with football (soccer), also in love with her idol David Beckham (because no one can bend the ball like him)—and also in love with her coach. But her parents think that football is an unseemly sport for a traditional Indian girl. —Welcome Rain Publishers

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The White Tiger
Aravinda Adiga

The White Tiger

By: Aravinda Adiga
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China's impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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