Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir Author Bich Minh Nguyen
ISBN-10 0143113038
ISBN-13 9780143113034
Year 2008-01-29
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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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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