Obviously, a show about books needs to aspire beyond that. The beauty of books is that they can open our minds to experiences beyond the familiar. Our goal with this show, newsletter, and my own book collection, is to include and embrace the unimaginable diversity of the literary world—including the types of books (poetry, polemics, thrillers, non-fiction), the types of authors, the views represented, and so on.
Ho’s debut work is the perfect modern example of great American fiction. It’s a brilliant series of stories about the lives of two Taiwanese American women and their friendship over 20 years as they explore identity, sexuality, heartbreak and family secrets.
This may not be the first book the average middle-aged white guy automatically picks up and peruses. But that would be a mistake. What a great read! I feel like Fiona and Jane are friends of mine. I cannot wait to see what Ho writes next. “Fiona and Jane” brings you into the lives of these women in a relatable, authentic way. You will love it. Check it out!
What else Jake is reading
‘My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)
Purchase “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante through Bookshop.org here
‘Hakim’s Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey’ by Fabien Toulme
French graphic novelist Toulme depicts what it’s like to be a refugee through Hakim — a young and accomplished Syrian who is forced to leave everything behind because of war. Book 1 follows the first leg of his journey from him, as he struggles to find work while dreaming of one day returning home.
Recommended by the ‘Jake Tapper Book Club’
‘All My Rage’ by Sabaa Tahir
Tahir, a Pakistani-American young adult novelist, tells the love story of Salahudin and Noor who grew up together as outcasts in a small California town. Their bond is undeniable, until a major fight almost destroys everything. As both their lives spin out of control, they must ask themselves what their friendship is worth and what it will take to overcome the past and present.
‘Groundskeeping’ by Lee Cole
In his debut novel, Cole takes readers back to his home state of Kentucky to meet aspiring writer Owen Callahan, a groundskeeper at a local college, and Alma Hazdic, a writer in residence. Owen lives with his Trump-supporting family of him, and Alma is from a liberal family of Bosnian immigrants. Despite their differences, they start a secret relationship. But as they grow closer, Alma finds herself struggling to understand him. .
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What’s coming up on ‘Jake Tapper’s Book Club’ on CNN+
- April 10 — Jake sits down with comedian Judd Apatow, author of a new book of conversations with that Apatow conducted with entertainers and celebrities.
- April 17 — Jake speaks with Elizabeth Alexander, the author of a poignant new book, “The Trayvon Generation,” in which she considers the impact the last decade of racial justice uprisings had on Black youth through art.
- April 24 — Jake speaks with Andrea Yaryura Clark, whose book “On a Night of a Thousand Stars” creates a beautiful but harrowing tale of life during Argentina’s Dirty War and a daughter’s quest to find out the truth about her family.