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Watch Bridge discussion of ‘You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids’

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Bridge Book Club, Bridge Michigan’s bimonthly Michigan-focused book discussion series, returned Wednesday with a discussion of “You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids.”


Bridge and nearly 50 readers were joined by author Frances Kai-Hwa Wang for the discussion of her essay collection. “You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids” is part of Wayne State University Press’ Made in Michigan writers series

“You Can’t Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids” is a collection of lyric essays aiming to navigate the space between cultures and reflect on lessons learned from Asian-American elders and young multiracial children.


Another other things, Wang discussed her process of writing prose poetry and lyric essays, her experience as a Michigan resident, audience reaction to her book in Michigan and elsewhere, the familiar settings in the essays, how the experience of social distancing in the time of COVID led to the publication of the book and  the differences between writing her creating work and her journalistic reporting.

Watch the video here:

Bridge Michigan hosts bimonthly discussions on books with ties to Michigan. Previous sessions have featured "The World According to Fannie Davis," by Bridgett M. Davis, “Arc of Justice,” by Kevin Boyle, “The Women of the Copper Country,” by Mary Doria Russell, “Black Bottom Saints,” by Alice Randall, “Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret,” by Steve Luxenberg, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan, “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley, “Wounds” by Razel Jones and Daniel Abbott, “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray, “The Other Me” by Sarah Zachrich Jeng and “The Dockporter” by Dave McVeigh and Jim Bolone.


Our next book club discussion is scheduled for August 2022. Stay tuned to Bridge for an announcement of our next Michigan-related book selection and the date of the next book club meeting.

Nearly 400 Bridge members received a free e-copy of “You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids” so they could take part in our June book club. If you would like a free e-book of future book club selections, join Bridge Club today.

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