Stealing Buddha's Dinner

ISBN-10: 0143113038
ISBN-13: 9780143113034
Edition: N/A
Authors: Bich Minh Nguyen
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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 grandmothers traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled delicacies of mainstream America capture her imagination. In Stealing Buddhas Dinner, the glossy branded allure of Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House Cookies becomes an ingenious metaphor for Nguyens 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.

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner. She teaches at Purdue University and lives in Chicago and West Lafayette.

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