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Stealing Buddha's dinner [GRPL Book Club] / Bich Minh Nguyen.

Stealing Buddha's dinner [GRPL Book Club]

Nguyen, Bich Minh. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780143113034 :
  • Physical Description: 256 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2008.

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General Note: If you would like to request available book club copies, please call 988-5400.
Summary, etc.: Beginning with her family’s harrowing migration out of Saigon in 1975, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner follows Bich Nguyen as she comes of age in the pre-PC-era Midwest. Filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, Nguyen’s desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food – Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House cookies. More exotic-seeming than her Buddhist grandmother’s traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled “delicacies” of mainstream America become an ingenious metaphor for her struggle to become a “real” American. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner is also a portrayal of a diverse family: Nguyen’s hardworking, hard-partying father; pretty sister; wise and nurturing grandmother; and Rosa, her Latina stepmother. And there is the mystery of Nguyen’s birth mother, unveiled movingly over the course of the book. Nostalgic and candid, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner is a unique vision of the immigrant experience and a lyrical ode to how identity is often shaped by the things we long for.
Subject: Nguyen, Bich Minh > Childhood and youth.
Immigrants > Michigan > Grand Rapids > Biography.
Vietnamese Americans > Michigan > Grand Rapids > Biography.
Americans > Food.
Grand Rapids (Mich.) > Biography.

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