Jun 5, 2021

Sunday Salon: the Humorous and the Serious

 Asian rom-com, set in Southern California, with the Chinese-Indonesian community. 

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto, April 27, 2021, Berkley Books 

Genre: romance, contemporary Asian American fiction
Setting: Southern California
Source: library

Five stars for inventiveness in character and plot and for a humorous and entertaining book about a Chinese-Indonesian young woman who must fend off her "interfering" but loving aunts in order to find true love in her choice of career and love life. When Meddelin later becomes entangled in an accident that looks like a murder, the aunties come to the rescue to save their niece. Their antics carry the day. 

No surprise that the book is slated to be made into a Netflix movie!


On a much more serious note, here is a book from Saichek Publicity, a very candid memoir that comes with a warning that it contains possible triggers as it describes violence, childhood abuse, rape, etc. 

Brain Storm by Shelley Kolton, MD, January 2, 2021, FLR Press
Genre: memoir

Brain Storm is the heartbreaking account of a mind, fragmented and broken, ultimately made whole by one woman's incomparable strength and courage. (publisher)

"You will not emerge unchanged from Brain Storm. It is a harrowing, hallowing experience and a triumph of the human spirit" - Robin Morgan, bestselling author of Sisterhood is Powerful, former Editor-in-Chief of Ms. Magazine.


On the mystery side, I am re-reading Of Mutts and Men, a quirky but fun novel about Chet, a canine, and his companion in crime solving, Bernie Little, who comprise the Little Detective Agency.

Of Mutts and Men makes for light humorous reading as we follow Chet's thoughts and observations, a dog's point of view,  as he helps Bernie solve mysteries and find and bring "perps" to justice. 

What are you reading this week? 

Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday Salon


  1. I've been reading a Kristin Hannah book called The Great Alone. I'll be watching for the Nextflix series sounds like. a good book. The 2nd review sounds a little heavy for me. I appreciate the reviews- thanks.

  2. Dial A for Aunties looks like a fun romp. Yes, perfect for a Netflix movie or a summer beach. Of Mutts and Men looks delightful, too.

    Brain Storm might be a little too rough for me right now. I'm still having a tough time reading serious stories. All the trauma of last year has kept me from the starkly realistic novels and memoirs I have read in the past. Let's hope that in a few months I will be able to get back to these.

    Thanks for sharing your reads with us.

  3. Love the word play on Of mutts and men. So clever!

    Dial A for Auntie does sound like a good one and I've seen it doing the rounds here on the blogosphere.

    Have a good week ahead!

    Elza Reads

  4. Dial A for Aunties sounds like so much fun! It would make a great summer read.

  5. That first one looks fun. :)

  6. I was eyeing Dial A for Aunties - sounds fun!

  7. I love it when I find my reads are very different from each other. It sounds like you had a big variety of books here.

  8. Intriguing variety of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. Brainstorm looks like an intense, difficult read. Have a great week.


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