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The Dim Sum of All Things by Kim Wong Keltner
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Aug 18, 11

bookshelves: 2007
Read in October, 2007

After a lifetime of eating Spaghetti-Os, watching The Brady Bunch, & listening to cheezy '80s music, 25-year-old Lindsey Owyang is a thoroughly modern 3rd generation ABC (American-born Chinese). In an effort to save money & placate her family, Lindsey lives with her tiny, mah-jongg-gambling grandmother, Pau Pau, who dispenses fashion advice, blind dates, & "stinky tiger balm." Like most young urban professional women, Lindsey agonizes over her body (she has one malformed toe, preventing her from wearing sandals), men (she avoids guys with "Asian girl fetishes"), & work (she's one of the secret meat-eaters at Vegan Warrior magazine). When her family insists Lindsey accompany Pau Pau on a nostalgic trip to China, she develops an appreciation for her roots and discovers a family secret.
A fun departure - kind of an Asian Bridget Jones chick-lit romp. The main character, Lindsey, has a lot of insecurities, makes some bad decisions and is at times not too open-minded but manages to improve on these faults as time goes on.

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