Skip Nav
US News
Prepare to Feel Mesmerized by This Spinning Ice Disk That Looks a Whole Lot Like the Moon
What Is the #10YearChallenge?
opinion
The #10YearChallenge Is Harder on Women Than You Think
LGBTQ
20 Microaggressions Transgender People Are Tired of Hearing
How Are Women Affected by the Government Shutdown in 2019?
opinion
Women Will Bear the Brunt of the Government Shutdown — Here's Why
Donald Trump
Donald Trump Welcomes the Clemson Tigers With a Buffet of Fast Food at the White House

Lisa Ko Author of The Leavers Scribd Reading List Exclusive

Exclusive: The Leavers Author Lisa Ko Shares the Must Reads on Her Bookshelf

As an immensely powerful portrait of a immigrant who goes missing and the son who's left behind, Lisa Ko's novel The Leavers was one of fiction's biggest highlights in 2017, earning a spot in POPSUGAR's best books of the year and, more importantly, as a finalist for a National Book Award.

Ko made an appearance on a recent episode of reading subscription service Scribd's signature podcast, ScribdChat — which seeks to give listeners "a deep-dive look into unique insights from new and prominent books that they can apply to their own lives" — and revealed a reading list of the books she loves the most, the ones in which cities are as much of a character as a person. We've partnered with Scribd to give you a rundown of what she recommends exclusively — and below, you'll find the three books that Ko says you just can't miss.

Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones

"Set in African-American neighborhoods of Washington DC, this short story collection is a masterpiece and one of my favorites."

ADVERTISEMENT

Corona by Bushra Rehman

"A coming-of-age (and coming-home) story of a Pakistani American woman from Queens, New York. Hilarious and moving."

Southland by Nina Revoyr

"When a Japanese-American woman discovers that four black teenagers were killed in her grandfather's store during the 1965 Watts Riots, a city's history becomes a family's history."

For more details on Ko's list, check out her curated list here and be sure to listen to the full episode of ScribdChat with Lisa Ko.

Image Source: Scribd / David Pemberton
From Our Partners
Thrillers and Mystery Books to Read in Winter 2019
Mindy Kaling's Favorite Board Books For Babies
Sad YA Books
Best New Books January 2019
Great Gatsby-Themed Wedding
Books by First-Time Authors 2019
Best 2019 Winter Books For Women
Books by Women Coming Out in 2019
Books Being Made Into Movies 2019
You Caroline Kepnes Book Spoilers
Book Tattoo Ideas
Book Quote Tattoos
From Our Partners
Latest News
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds