The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen — This is probably the best book I’ve read in a long time. For anyone interested in a great, complex story and/or Vietnam. I couldn’t put this book down (and I hate that cliche line).
Circle K Cycles by Karen Tei Yamashita — I read this book in grad school and it fascinated me. It’s a work of varying styles to tell the story of Japanese migrants to Brazil who a generation later found themselves foreigners in Japan.
Gratitude by Sam Hamill — One of my teachers during a summer in grad school, though I never had class with him. Hamill’s poetry is beautiful and calming, taking inspiration from classic Japanese and Chinese poets.
The City and The City by China Miéville — A bit of near-future sci-fi that focuses more on the characters than anything else (in fact, some of the tech has since become outdated). This detective novel revolves around a city split but with an invisible force between the sides that forces residents to “unsee” what is directly in front of them.