Trust No Aunty

Trust No Aunty

Book - 2017
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"Based on her popular Instagram @Hatecopy and her experience in a South Asian immigrant family, artist Maria Qamar has created a humorous, illustrated "survival guide" to deal with overbearing "Aunties," whether they're family members, annoying neighbors, or just some random ladies throwing black magic your way. We've all experienced interference from our Aunties--they are at family parties and friendly get-togethers, finding ways to make your life difficult, trying to get you to marry their sons, and telling you to lose weight while simultaneously feeding you a second dinner--and it has stunted our social growth and embarrassed us in front of our friends and cool cousins for years. This tongue-in-cheek guide is full of advice designed to help you manage Aunty meddling and encourages you to pursue your passions--from someone who has been through it all. Qamar confesses to throwing sweatshirts over crop-tops to get out of the house without being questioned, hiding her boyfriend in a closet, and enduring overbearing parents endless pressuring her to become a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Holding onto your cultural identity is tough. Always interfering Aunties make it even harder. But ultimately, Aunties keep our lives interesting. As an Aunty-survivor and a woman who has lived the cross-cultural experience, Qamar defied the advice of her aunties almost every step of the way, and she is here to remind you: Trust No Aunty"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Touchstone,, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501154737
Branch Call Number: 305.8 Qamar 2017
Characteristics: ix, 178 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Instagram (Firm)


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Apr 28, 2018

Maria Qamar is the encouraging "aunty" that ever young woman needs in her corner when she sets out to define herself and strive for her own goals. When the going gets tough--angry parents, no money, awful job, loser boyfriend, pushy relatives--she will feed you hot, sweet south asian treats and watch sappy Bollywood movies with you until you feel whole again. But she will never, ever let you give up on yourself!

This laugh-out-loud little book also offers a delightful reflection on the particular challenges of being a first generation Canadian woman from South Asia, yet many of the insights will feel relatable to any woman who has become, or is in the process of becoming, her own person!

Oct 08, 2017

Trust no Aunty is a clever and amusing read. Both the writing and especially the art are sharp and impactful. The author makes fun of aspects of her culture as only an insider has the knowledge and the right to do. As the title informs us the victim being mocked is the interfering stifling "Auntie".
Interesting for me is the negative connotation of the title Auntie. My mom is second generation born and raised in India, and I experienced this title being used with respect and warmth by my Indian born cousins.
I think the book would have been as effective, biting and entertaining without the constant jarring and gratuitous peppering with expletives.
Fun read nonetheless.

debwalker Aug 02, 2017

Advice and relatable stories for young South Asian (specifically, Desi) girls and women.


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Apr 28, 2018

MelissaBee thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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