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Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Winner of the PEN/Jerard Award
Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
Kiriyama Notable Book

"[A] perfectly pitched and prodigiously detailed memoir." - Boston Globe

In Stealing Buddha's Dinner, the glossy branded allure of Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House Cookies becomes an ingenious metaphor for Nguyen's struggle to become a "real" American, a distinction that brings with it the dream of the perfect school lunch, burgers and Jell- O for dinner, and a visit from the Kool-Aid man.

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Winner of the PEN/Jerard Award
Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
Kiriyama Notable Book

"[A] perfectly pitched and prodigiously detailed memoir." - Boston Globe


As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic- seeming than her Buddhist grandmother's traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled "delicacies" of mainstream America capture her imagination.

In Stealing Buddha's Dinner, the glossy branded allure of Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House Cookies becomes an ingenious metaphor for Nguyen's struggle to become a "real" American, a distinction that brings with it the dream of the perfect school lunch, burgers and Jell- O for dinner, and a visit from the Kool-Aid man. Vivid and viscerally powerful, this remarkable memoir about growing up in the 1980s introduces an original new literary voice and an entirely new spin on the classic assimilation story.

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ISBN 9780143113034
Length (cm) 13.0000
Width (cm) 2.0000
Height (cm) 20.0000
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication Date Feb 1, 2008
Pages (number) 272
Genre Biographies and Memoirs
Author Bich Minh Nguyen
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Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

"The author's prose is lovely and her imagery fresh. And in her recreation of a world populated by Family Ties [and] Ritz crackers . . . she has captured the 1980s with perfection. . . . This debut suggests she's a writer to watch." —Kirkus Reviews

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