Women's Month: Lucy Yu

Women's Month: Lucy Yu

For Women's Month this year, we are honored to spotlight Lucy Yu, owner of the first female Asian-American bookstore in NYC. Yu and Me Books offers a community space that focuses on immigrant stories and writers of color. Lucy's dream was to create a home that she never found in a bookstore growing up, a space where we can dream together, share our passion, and strive for change. The bookstore also has a cafe and bar so you'll never have to leave. 

Biggest life lesson you’ve learned as a woman
Fight hard for yourself and those around you but don't forget to lean on the people that believe in you. Learn to ask for help too (still learning this one)!

If you could have dinner with two female authors, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
Min Jin Lee and Maya Angelou because I just want to be a fly on the wall and watch these absolute legends share their minds with each other. I think the way they write has completely changed my view on what books could be.

Which book changed your life?
The Kite Runner. It showed me a story that was really similar to my family, and it was written in a way that pulled at the heart, but still said a lot of truth. I shared that book with so many people and every person that read it felt such a heartbeat in that book.

Three books that should be on everyone’s reading list this month.

Other women that have helped/inspired your journey
Absolutely my mother! She was a single mom raising me in Los Angeles, and she taught me to rely on myself for a lot of things. She showed me I can do anything that I set my mind to. 

Favorite local spots in the area
Uncle Lou's

Wearing: Maia Ivory, Hao Slate
Visit Yu and Me Books: 44 Mulberry Street, NYC