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Trust No Aunty

Category: Book
By (author): Qamar, Maria
Subject:  HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons
  HUMOR / General
  HUMOR / Topic / Marriage & Family
  HUMOR / Topic / Relationships
Publisher: Touchstone
Published: August 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 7.00in x 5.50in x 0.60in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"Maria Qamar's art is gorgeous and witty, with defiance seeping through the edges. Everything I want to be! I am a big fan." -- Mindy Kaling
Review Quote*"Everyone has an overbearing aunty! Qamar's first book is where memoir and comic book and brownness meet, with advice on how to handle pushy aunties as well as recipes and stories about dating and racism. Qamar also illustrated the book with her Lichtenstein-esque feisty Indian women reminding you to get married or call home or not to "fall in love with another nikamma." -New York
Review Quote*"When I first saw [Qamar's] work, I was instantly drawn to her ability to combine whimsy with cultural criticism. . . . Hatecopy is hilarious, smart, and insightful, speaking both to particular South Asian experiences and broader issues of self-acceptance and celebrating your identity as a person of color."
Review Quote*"You could call Hatecopy's series of artwork a perfect marriage of the parody comic strip style pioneered by Roy Lichtenstein and the melodramatic world of South Asian soap operas."
Review Quote*"Maria has perfected the art of capturing the unique, hilarious lives of us Desis."
Review Quote*"Hatecopy explores the shame experienced by first and second generation South Asian Canadians who want a career in the arts."
Review Quote*"Unapologetically offbeat. Some serious millennial sass."
Review Quote*"Maria Qamar's satirical art paints a harsh, and hilarious reality of Asian culture- and it isn't all bindi-wearing bliss."
Review Quote*"Her art featuring hyperbolic characters is so relatable for young people from similar backgrounds that fan comments such as ‘my life story' and ‘my mum, non-stop' are regularly left on her page."