📒 Stealing Buddha S Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen

Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN_10 : 1440635331
Copyright Year : 2008-01-29
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As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic- seeming than her Buddhist grandmother's traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled "delicacies" of mainstream America capture her imagination. In Stealing Buddha's Dinner, the glossy branded allure of Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House Cookies becomes an ingenious metaphor for Nguyen's struggle to become a "real" American, a distinction that brings with it the dream of the perfect school lunch, burgers and Jell- O for dinner, and a visit from the Kool-Aid man. Vivid and viscerally powerful, this remarkable memoir about growing up in the 1980s introduces an original new literary voice and an entirely new spin on the classic assimilation story.

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📒 Toll House Cookies by Bich Minh Nguyen

Genre : Immigrants
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ISBN_10 : OCLC:839907117
Copyright Year : 1997
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An excerpt from a coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American. Recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family's Buddhist lifestyle.

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📒 Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN_10 : 9781101082256
Copyright Year : 2009-07-23
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The authentic and compassionate first novel about two sisters from the author of the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner Called "A writer to watch, a tremendous talent" by the Chicago Tribune, Bich Minh Nguyen makes her fiction debut with the deeply moving and entertaining story of two Vietnamese sisters. Aside from their petite stature, Van and Linny Luong couldn't be more different. Diligent, unassuming Van works as an immigration lawyer in the Michigan suburbs where she resides with her handsome, Chinese-American lawyer husband. Beautiful, fashionable Linny lives in Chicago and has drifted into an affair with a married man. When Van's picture-perfect marriage collapses and Linny finds herself grappling to escape her dead-end life, the long-estranged sisters are unable to confide in one another- until their eccentric inventor father calls them back home to the Vietnamese American community they fled long ago.

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📒 Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN_10 : 9780698151376
Copyright Year : 2014-02-06
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From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The Little House on the Prairie Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own. A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.

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📒 Devouring Cultures by Cammie M. Sublette

Genre : Political Science
Publisher : University of Arkansas Press
ISBN_10 : 9781557286918
Copyright Year : 2015-12-15
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"Funded in part by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts"--Page 4 of cover.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Scarecrow Press
ISBN_10 : 9780810855779
Copyright Year : 2012
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The Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater covers the history of Asian American literature and theater through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on authors, books, and genres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this important topic.

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📒 Pathologies by Susan Olding

Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Freehand Books
ISBN_10 : 9781460400173
Copyright Year : 2008-08-14
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“In simple terms, pathology is the scientific study of the way things go wrong.” In these fifteen searingly honest personal essays, debut author Susan Olding takes us on an unforgettable journey into the complex heart of being human. Each essay dissects an aspect of Olding’s life experience—from her vexed relationship with her father to her tricky dealings with her female peers; from her work as a counsellor and teacher to her persistent desire, despite struggles with infertility, to have children of her own. In a suite of essays forming the emotional climax of the book, Olding bravely recounts the adoption of her daughter, Maia, from an orphanage in China, and tells us the story of Maia’s difficult adaptation to the unfamiliar state of being loved. Written with as much lyricism, detail, and artfulness as the best short stories, the essays in Pathologies provide all the pleasures of fiction combined with the enrichment derived from the careful presentation of fact. Susan Olding is indisputably one of Canada’s finest new writers, one who has taken the challenging, much-underused form of the literary essay and made it her own.

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📒 Drives Like A Dream by Porter Shreve

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : HMH
ISBN_10 : 9780547754314
Copyright Year : 2006-08-09
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“A hilarious family tale” about a modern-day mother’s lifestyle crisis—and her outlandish attempts to get her family back (Woman’s Day). Lydia Modine is sixty-one and about to come undone. Her three grown-up children have flown the coop. She hasn’t seen them together in more than a year, and now her ex-husband is about to marry a woman half his age. And the insults keep coming: Lydia is stuck on a book she’s writing about Detroit’s car industry, which uncannily parallels her own life—out with the old model, in with the new. She’s poured her soul into her family, only to be abandoned in the City of Dream Machines. But then a twist of fate introduces her to Norm, an eco-car fanatic out to remake her and the world. A “smart and funny” novel that’s sure to appeal to anyone who has longed for an alternate life, Drives Like a Dream confirms that sometimes when you set out for a spin, the twists and turns can be perfectly rewarding—and right (Chicago Tribune). “A beautiful novel.” —The Washington Post

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📒 Self Made Man by Norah Vincent

Genre : Social Science
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN_10 : 9781101201343
Copyright Year : 2006-01-19
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A journalist’s provocative and spellbinding account of her eighteen months spent disguised as a man. Norah Vincent became an instant media sensation with the publication of Self-Made Man, her take on just how hard it is to be a man, even in a man’s world. Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me), Vincent spent a year and a half disguised as her male alter ego, Ned, exploring what men are like when women aren’t around. As Ned, she joined a bowling team, took a high-octane sales job, went on dates with women (and men), visited strip clubs, and even managed to infiltrate a monastery and a men’s therapy group. At once thought-provoking and pure fun to read, Self-Made Man is a sympathetic and thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism.

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📒 Suburban Sahibs by S. Mitra Kalita

Genre : Social Science
Publisher : Rutgers University Press
ISBN_10 : 0813536650
Copyright Year : 2005-09
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Focuses on three waves of immigration in the post-civil rights era through the stories of three families: the Kotharis, Patels and Sarmas. This book attempts to answer the question of how and why they arrived, and it offers a window into what America has become; a nation of suburbs as well as a nation of immigrants.

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