Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
Title: Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
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A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family’s Buddhist lifestyle.
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A vivid, funny, and viscerally powerful memoir about childhood, assimilation, food, and growing up in the 1980s.
Beginning with Nguyen’s family’s harrowing migration from Saigon in 1975, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner is nostalgic and candid, deeply satisfying and minutely observed, and stands as a unique vision of the immigrant experience and a lyrical ode to how identity is often shaped by the things we long for.