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Stealing Buddha'a Dinner

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)


I will see if my library can get this for me. I will not purchase it, but if the library can get it for me, I am in.


message 2: by Cici (new)

Cici I'll try to make it to the library next week!

message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (desperatebookjunkie) bought the book on ebook tonight, will read as soon as i finish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (desperatebookjunkie) Ok so I bought the book, and I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-- which I highly reccommend. I Will start this book some time tonight! Good reads everyone!

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Good for you! I haven't even made it to the library yet. But am going tomorrow . . .

message 6: by Cici (new)

Cici I started the book, well I'm half through... has everyone else started too?

message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

This is on its way to me via the library. Should get it next week.

message 8: by Cici (new)

Cici Finished!!!!

message 9: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (desperatebookjunkie) Ok I finished, there are some spoilers beware!, you can read my review on my page but basically I was a bit disappointed. It was about a Vietnamese girl who travels to America as a refugee. Which is the part of the book I really enjoyed... but they didnt talk much about the journey or really how she had to integrate into society. The majority of the book spoke about food, food and more food! She was obsessed with food. I liked her grandma but I didnt connect with any of the other characters, even Bich the main character. She basically couldn't figure out whether she was Viatnamese, American or Hispanic (which her step-mom and half sister were)... she had a huge identity issue with her culture. I didnt enjoy the book until the chapter titled "Stealing Buddhas dinner" which I guess is why the book is named that. She grows up and realizes she doesn't have to be one culture, she can just be her, Bich. Also I enjoyed how she was able to find out the mystery of her Mother which bothered her for so long, an ache she could not get rid of, and she finally found peace in that area of her life.

message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (desperatebookjunkie) Jenn wrote: "This is on its way to me via the library. Should get it next week. "

Have you recieved your book? Started reading it? What do you think so far?

message 11: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (desperatebookjunkie) Kirsten, You recommended the book, were you able to get it and read it yet? I am interested to hear your review.

message 12: by Cici (new)

Cici Sorry Kirsten! I wasn't a fan of this book! You can read my review, when your finished with the book.

message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Yes, I got it, but am having trouble with it, too. I also feel very disconnected with almost every character, maybe because I am Caucasian and grew up in the melting pot. I thought the writing was pedestrian and have read seen better writing styles from some of my students. I don't know if I will finish. There are alot of good books out there and don't want to spend time on one I am not invested in (I feel the same way about cake - get the food reference?).

message 14: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (desperatebookjunkie) Jenn you are so funny, do you mind if I add you as a friend. It seems you are an avid reader, and selective, as are me and cici (my cousin).
I too grew up in a "melting pot" city and just dont understand how she was so lost...

message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

I officially quit the Buddha book - it went back to the library yesterday. Kirsten, what did you think? We haven't heard from you in a while, but it is not quite Sept 20 yet.

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