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Summer Reading 2018: Stealing Buddha's Dinner-No Longer Available!

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Here's why Charisse suggests Stealing Buddha's Dinner...

If you live to eat rather than eat to live, this is the book for you!

About the book

Stealing Buddha's Dinner

by Bich Minh Nguyen

A vivid, funny, and viscerally powerful memoir about childhood, assimilation, food, and growing up in the 1980s 
As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, Nguyen's barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic seeming than her Buddhist grandmother's traditional specialties?spring rolls, delicate pancakes stuffed with meats, fried shrimp cakes?the campy, preservative-filled ?delicacies? of mainstream America capture her imagination. And in this remarkable book, the glossy branded allure of such American foods as Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House cookies become an ingenious metaphor for her struggle to fit in, to become a ?real? American. Beginning with Nguyen's family's harrowing migration from Saigon in 1975, "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" is nostalgic and candid, deeply satisfying and minutely observed, and stands as a unique vision of the immigrant experience and a lyrical ode to how identity is often shaped by the things we long for. --Goodreads.com

"Relevant not only to anyone who's ever lusted after the perfect snack...but anyone who's ever felt like an outsider." --San Francisco Chronicle

"A charming memoir...Her prose is engaging, precise, and compact." --The New York Time Book Review

About the reader

  Charisse Wu, History

Charisse previously recommended:

Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe