Reading the Rainbow

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Konner and Stephanie are partnering with Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co. (200 Anderson Street) to host a monthly queer book club, Reading the Rainbow. The next meeting will be a discussion of MESSY ROOTS on April 11th at 7 PM. 

"Messy Roots is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt, and deeply engaging story of their journey to find themself--as an American, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, as a queer person, and as a Wuhanese American in the middle of a pandemic.”—Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream

After spending her early years in Wuhan, China, riding water buffalos and devouring stinky tofu, Laura immigrates to Texas, where her hometown is as foreign as Mars—at least until 2020, when COVID-19 makes Wuhan a household name.

In Messy Roots, Laura illustrates her coming-of-age as the girl who simply wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why girls make her heart flutter.

Insightful, original, and hilarious, toggling seamlessly between past and present, China and America, Gao’s debut is a tour de force of graphic storytelling.

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063067769
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

Event address: 
Urban Farm Fermentory & Gruit Brewing Co.
200 Anderson St
Portland, ME 04101