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The Fifth Book Of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston
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Oct 26, 08

bookshelves: all-time-favorite, autobiography

Although all of Kingston's books have had an impact on me, this had the greatest. Maybe it's because I grew up in Oakland, and although I didn't live there when the fire happened, the area is familiar to me, as Stockton, where she had been to her father's funeral.

The book is about loss and not really re-birth, but re-finding. She takes a journey with Vietnam Veterans and they all discover something within themselves. It became very emotional for me. Even though I knew people who had been in the war, and some who had died in Vietnam, I felt like an outsider going to college while others were fighting. This brought it all home to me in a way that's hard for me to put in words.

I bought a copy for my local library. It seems like an important book for people to read.
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