Trust No Aunty by Maria QamarTrust No Aunty by Maria Qamar

Trust No Aunty

byMaria Qamar

Paper over Board | August 1, 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.
Title:Trust No AuntyFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:192 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501154737

ISBN - 13:9781501154737


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious, Impeccably Accurate, & So Relatable I enjoyed everything from the artwork to the fun facts and descriptions- this book is full of laughter and reflection!
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate Portrayal of Desi Culture This book was witty and funny where it needed to be while at the same time, not shying away from issues that are embedded in Desi culture to this day. The author wrote about the importance fun and independence, while also staying true to yourself. I loved it!!!!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relatable AF! As a desi myself I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's so relatable and always makes me laugh! Also love the illustrations!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I'm not Desi but I read this because my Chinese mother and I joke a lot about Asian aunty culture. Couldn't relate to everything but definitely related to a good portion of it. So so funny! :)
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll love it through and through The author is able to use humour to draw attention to certain aspects of Desi culture, yet she is able to keep it serious when needed. Loved the book!!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true page turner Very witty and wonderfully written.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You'll be laughing and agreeing This book was hilarious. Such a fun but sadly true read. Definitely agree with Author Aunty.. be you girl be you.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny and relatable! I just bought this book on a whim, but ended up really loving it. It is so funny, and really captures the life of a south asian female well. I never related to a book so much. Hilarious, witty, and the illustrations just enhanced the overall experience. If you're in the need for a laugh, read this!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny! The author has such a great sense of humor. It's a relatable book and she gives great advice. The illustrations were awesome. A great book that many Desi girls will want to read.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious, witty, and accurate. I absolutely LOVED this book. Maria Qamar hilariously and accurately portrays the life of a desi girl, along with all the struggles that come with it (both aunty and non-aunty related). The art was great, but the best part of this book was that it was so relatable to me as a Canadian-born Indian woman. I laughed because the book was funny, and laughed harder because I've had a lot of the same experiences. It was nice to have some representation of my life in pop culture. Highly recommend this book to people of South Asian and non-South Asian backgrounds for some wonderful art and great laughs.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so relatable This was really funny and relatable.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like this Good book, quite enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this! hilarious book that really unravels the wrath of aunties for young females in a western context. i always get a good chuckle any time i turn to a random page. i've followed the author's instagram account for ages @hatecopy and i'm so happy to have her work printed in book form for me to keep!
Date published: 2017-08-18

Editorial Reviews

"Hilarious, tongue-in-cheek advice. . . . As a self-professed 'aunty-survivor,' Qamar combines her striking illustrations with tips on how to navigate the drama aunties inevitably bring into our lives."