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Jamie Ford recommends 6 books to read after ‘The Many Daughters of Afong Moy’

The novel is a beautiful tale about what the mind forgets and what the heart remembers.



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In an August Read With Jenna post, Jenna said that the book she chose, “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy,” “astounded” her. Afong Moy is widely recognized as the first Chinese woman to settle in the United States, and Jamie Ford’s epic novel spans 250 years within the same family tree to get there. The novel shows how Afong’s love and loss reverberate through the generations, possibly even being encoded in their DNA.

The book’s protagonist, the poet laureate of Washington, required Ford to tap into his inner poet. Ford told TODAY that reading the poetry of Andrea Gibson provided inspiration for the book’s sections about Dorothy Moy. Ford recommended checking out Andrea Gibson’s performances on YouTube if you’re in the mood to be blown away.

Even though no other book exists that is quite like Ford’s “epigenetic love story,” he did list six others that are “in conversation” with his massive work.

There is a bibliography at the end of “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy,” but here are six books to read instead.


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One of Ford’s favorite poets is Andrea Gibson. Gibson has published five volumes of poetry collections and is widely acclaimed for their passionate poetry readings (listen and get the chills). “Andrea Gibson is who I go to when I need direction. When I need to feel encouraged, uplifted, celebrated, nervous, unseen, and even just a little bit more alive, I also look to their poetry “A statement made by Ford to TODAY.

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As a work of fiction, “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy” investigates the transmission of trauma through families. Nonfiction in “What My Bones Know,” written by Stephanie Foo as she tries to make sense of her upbringing. As a young adult, she was left alone by both of her parents. While successful in her career, Foo’s personal struggles made her stand on uneven ground. Ford said, “This deep dive into complex PTSDs and generational trauma is the rare memoir that left me with a larger understanding of myself.

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One of the book’s most important events takes place in a Buddhist monastery, and the book’s Buddhist themes are central. Ford suggests this compilation of easily understandable Buddhist teachings for those curious about the religion. The book can be read in any order; it is more of a mental challenge than a story.” “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you’re-already-already,” the Dalai Lama once advised. Exactly how this book improved me remains a work in progress. Don’t miss out on the latest developments “To quote Ford:

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A diagnosis of amnesia has left Lucie Walker with no recollection of her earlier life. She is growing increasingly disdainful of her former self as she acquires new knowledge. Ford described this work as “a story of memories as shadows, elongated and distorted by time, until they eclipse cherished loves, familial connections, and painful truths,” calling it a “beautiful novel about what the mind forgets and what the heart remembers.”

Red as in “Perma”

Earling, a member of the Salish and Kootenai tribes of the Flathead reservation, chronicles a young woman’s experiences both on and off the reservation during World War II in her novel “Perma Red.” In his review, Ford called the book “transcendent, powerful, and has a gravity all its own” and claimed it “belongs in college classrooms as well as book clubs.”

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The song “Take My Hand” may make you see things differently. The novel, inspired by real events, follows Civil Townsend, a young nurse in Alabama during the Jim Crow era. Townsend is 23 years old. She becomes aware of a grave injustice being committed against her people, the African-American community, and sounds the alarm.” This moving novel brings humanity to one of the darkest periods in United States history. The song “Take My Hand” is intended to make you angry. As a result, you’ll be better able to see. There’s a chance it could save your soul “This is what Ford said.

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