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Cover image of Not a Self-Help Book:
The Misadventures of Marty Wu by author Yi Shun Lai

Not a Self-Help Book:
The Misadventures of Marty Wu

My debut novel, published by Shade Mountain Press in 2016, was a semi-finalist for the  Thurber Prize for American Humor. In it, you’ll meet Marty Wu, compulsive reader of advice manuals and general mess of a career woman. When a professional disaster in Las Vegas sends her right back into the arms of her overbearing mother in New York, Marty must decide between filial duty and her own career aspirations. The journey takes her back to her home country of Taiwan, where she discovers more than she ever wanted to know about her family’s secrets—but is it enough to set her on the right course? Buy it, and read more, at Amazon, Bookshop.org, and wherever books are sold.

Book cover showig Yi Shun Lai cycling in the country for Pin Ups memoir.

Pin Ups

I have a long, ugly relationship with outdoor sports. I love mountain biking, trail running, skiing, adventure racing, and more, but it took me a long time figure out why I never could commit myself fully to any of them. The answer lies in my place as a woman of color in my mostly white, mostly male world. Pin Ups is a micro-memoir, the story of my love affair with the outdoors—and how I’m reconciling my place in it. Buy it from Bookshop.org, Amazon, and wherever books are sold.

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