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Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
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Dec 29, 08

bookshelves: memoir-2008
Read in December, 2008

I couldn't put it down. Perhaps because the author and I are similar in age, and therefore my memories of growing up are colored by many of the same references, perhaps because the book takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I attended college, I found a lot to identify with here.

What I found most interesting, however, is that although my family situation couldn't have been more different, Nguyen's description of the way she moved between two cultures mirrored my own emotional experience so closely. The familiarity and comfort of her Vietnamese culture and the stability it provided could just as easily be turned upside down into something to be ashamed of; that longing to be part of the herd, that rang so true to me.
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