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60 Books From Authors with Vietnamese Heritage

This morning I stumbled upon Simon Haisell’s Instagram post where he compiled an extensive list of writers with Vietnamese heritages. Not only that, but he also put together the covers of each book in a pretty well-organized eye-catching way, which is impressive! This is an eye-opener for me, to be honest – I never knew of so many Vietnamese authors writing English stories, poems, and children’s books. It makes me super proud of my heritage and gives me a sense of inspiration!

Currently I, myself, am reading The Mountain Sings, by Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, and so far, it’s pretty amazing.

You can follow Simon on Instagram at @footnotes.and.tangents for more of his brilliant thoughts on his reads.


The Mountains Sing Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Dumb Luck Vũ Trọng Phụng
On Earth We’re Briefly GorgeousOcean Vuong
The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen
Dragon Fish Vu Tran
The Sorrow of WarBảo Ninh
Monkey BridgeLan Cao
The Chosen & the BeautifulNghi Vo
Grass Roof, Tin Roof Dao Strom
Things We Lost To the WaterEric Nguyen
Ru Kim Thúy
Vi Kim Thúy
Butterfly YellowThanh Hà Lai

Paradise of the Blind Dương Thu Hương
The Gangster We Are All Looking For Lê Diễm Thúy
The Book of SaltMonique Truong
Bitter in the Mouth Monique Truong
The Sweetest FruitsMonique Truong
The Kiss QuotientHelen Hoang
The Bride TestHelen Hoang
Ticket to Childhood Nguyễn Nhật Ánh
The Time Far Past Lê Lựu
The Committed Viet Thanh Nguyen
She Weeps Each Time You’re BornQuan Barry
Pioneer Girl Bich Minh Nguyen
The Women on the IslandHo Anh Thai

– Short Fiction –

We Should Never Meet Aimee Phan
Birds of Paradise LostAndrew Lam
The BoatNam Le
The RefugeesViet Thanh Nguyen
Behind the Red MistHo Anh Thai
The Stars, The Earth, The RiverLê Minh Khuê

– Memoirs

The Best We Could DoThi Bui
The Happiest Refugee Anh Do
Sigh, GonePhuc Tran
When Heaven and Earth Changed PlacesLe Ly Hayslip
Catfish and MandalaAndrew X. Pham
Where the Ashes Are Nguyen Qui Duc & Quí Đức Nguyẽ̂n
Such A Lovely Little War Marcelino Truong
The Sacred Willow Duong Van Mai Elliott
The UnwantedKien Nguyen
Last Night I Dreamed of PeaceĐặng Thùy Trâm
House of Sticks Ly Tran

– Poetry

The Song of KiềuNguyễn Du
The Women Carry RiverNguyen Quang Thieu
Spring Essence Hò̂ Xuân Hương
As Long As Trees LastHoa Nguyen
Violet Energy Ingots Hoa Nguyen
The Secret of Hoa Sen Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
SplitCathy Linh Che
Thousand Star Hotel Bao Phi
Night Sky with Exit Wounds Ocean Vuong
Sông I Sing Bao Phi

– Children’s Books

Open the Window, Eyes ClosedNguyễn Ngọc Thuần
My Footprints Bao Phi
Inside Out and Back Again Thanh Hà Lai
Hello, Mandarin Duck! Bao Phi
A Different Pond Bao Phi
Listen, SlowlyThanh Hà Lai
My First DayPhung Nguyen Quang & Huynh Kim Lien