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Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
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Sep 10, 2007

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Read in November, 2007

I enjoyed reading this book. It is autobiographical. The story is about the author, a Vietnamese girl, and her family as she grows up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Nguyen family fled Vietnam at the close of the Vietnam War.

The bulk of the book deals with the tension between preserving their Vietnamese Buddhist culture and trying to assimilate in the Dutch Christian Reformed Community where they find themselves.

I especially enjoyed Nguyen's descriptions of the food her grandmother would carefully prepare and the American junk food she longed for. It was also enjoyable to know the places (and in a way, the people) that fill the story.
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message 1: by Patrice (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:10PM) (new) - added it

Patrice I'd love to know what you think of this when you get done. It's one I've been thinking of reading.

message 2: by Rachel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:36PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Rachel I liked it, Patrice. I think you would too. I was thinking that this was a "Patrice" book before you even asked about it!

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