Stealing Buddha s Dinner

Stealing Buddha s Dinner
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780143113034
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Release: 2008
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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. Reprint.

Short Girls

Short Girls
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781101082256
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Release: 2009-07-23
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The authentic and compassionate first novel about two sisters from the author of the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner Called "A writer to watch, a tremendous talent" by the Chicago Tribune, Bich Minh Nguyen makes her fiction debut with the deeply moving and entertaining story of two Vietnamese sisters. Aside from their petite stature, Van and Linny Luong couldn't be more different. Diligent, unassuming Van works as an immigration lawyer in the Michigan suburbs where she resides with her handsome, Chinese-American lawyer husband. Beautiful, fashionable Linny lives in Chicago and has drifted into an affair with a married man. When Van's picture-perfect marriage collapses and Linny finds herself grappling to escape her dead-end life, the long-estranged sisters are unable to confide in one another- until their eccentric inventor father calls them back home to the Vietnamese American community they fled long ago.

Stealing Buddha s Dinner

Stealing Buddha s Dinner
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1531177409
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Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Pioneer Girl

Pioneer Girl
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780698151376
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Release: 2014-02-06
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From an award-winning author, a novel about a Vietnamese American family’s ties to The Little House on the Prairie Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own. A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, the missing brother she is expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.

Toll House Cookies

Toll House Cookies
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:839907117
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Release: 1997
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An excerpt from 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.

100 Things You Don t Wanna Know about Stealing Buddha s Dinner

100 Things You Don t Wanna Know about Stealing Buddha s Dinner
Author: Grace Brenting
Pages: 44
ISBN: 5458793765
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Release: 2013-01
Editor: Lennex
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Believe to Achieve

Believe to Achieve
Author: Howard White
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781439116784
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Release: 2008-06-30
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sometimes we need a hand to help us get to the gifts locked inside us. Believe to Achieve is that helping hand, daring readers of all ages to reach for their most cherished dream and giving them the tools to get there. Author Howard "H" White tells us extraordinary people are simply ordinary people on fire with desire -- and he knows. As Nike, Inc.'s liaison for athletes such as Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, "H" has had plenty of experience with superstars. But he did not start there. He has known extraordinary people his whole life, from his family and friends to his coaches and teachers. All along the way, Howard has met people who have opened his eyes to his own abilities, and he has spent his life doing the same for others. Full of behind-the-scenes moments with favorite athletes as well as funny anecdotes, Believe to Achieve is an exuberant collection of wisdom that will help you recognize the potential in yourself and see the path to success. It is a handbook for all people who have a goal they do not know how to reach or who want to help others discover their gifts. As Howard says, you can never tell what people are capable of just by looking at them -- even you.

The Girl from Foreign

The Girl from Foreign
Author: Sadia Shepard
Pages: 364
ISBN: 0143064754
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Release: 2008
Editor: Penguin Books India
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sadia Shepard Grew Up Just Outside Of Boston, In A Home Where Cultures Intertwined&Mdash;Her Father A White American Protestant And Her Mother, A Muslim From Pakistan. One Day, When She Was Thirteen, She Learned That Nana, Her Beloved Maternal Grandmother, Was Not A Muslim Like The Rest Of Her Pakistani Family But Had Begun Her Life As Rachel Jacobs, A Member Of A Tiny Jewish Community In India That Believes It Is Descended From One Of The Lost Tribes Of Israel, Shipwrecked In India Over Two Thousand Years Ago. Before Nana Died, Sadia Promised Her Grandmother That She Would Return To Her Birthplace To Learn About The Life And The Faith That Nana Had Left Behind. Armed With A Suitcase Of Camera Equipment, Sadia Arrives In Bombay, Where She Finds Herself Struggling To Document The Bene Israel&Rsquo;S Unique Traditions And Make Sense Of Her Complicated Cultural Inheritance. In The Course Of Her Remarkable Journey She Unearths Long-Buried Family Secrets, Learns That Love Is Sometimes Found In Unusual Places, And Is Forced To Examine What It Means To Both Lose And Seek A Homeland.

Drives Like a Dream

Drives Like a Dream
Author: Porter Shreve
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780547754314
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Release: 2006-08-09
Editor: HMH
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A hilarious family tale” about a modern-day mother’s lifestyle crisis—and her outlandish attempts to get her family back (Woman’s Day). Lydia Modine is sixty-one and about to come undone. Her three grown-up children have flown the coop. She hasn’t seen them together in more than a year, and now her ex-husband is about to marry a woman half his age. And the insults keep coming: Lydia is stuck on a book she’s writing about Detroit’s car industry, which uncannily parallels her own life—out with the old model, in with the new. She’s poured her soul into her family, only to be abandoned in the City of Dream Machines. But then a twist of fate introduces her to Norm, an eco-car fanatic out to remake her and the world. A “smart and funny” novel that’s sure to appeal to anyone who has longed for an alternate life, Drives Like a Dream confirms that sometimes when you set out for a spin, the twists and turns can be perfectly rewarding—and right (Chicago Tribune). “A beautiful novel.” —The Washington Post

Stealing Buddha s Dinner

Stealing Buddha s Dinner
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Pages: 256
ISBN: 0143113038
Available:
Release: 2008
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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. Reprint.

Wave

Wave
Author: Sonali Deraniyagala
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780771025389
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Release: 2013-03-05
Editor: McClelland & Stewart
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family. On December 26, Boxing Day, Sonali Deraniyagala, her English husband, her parents, her two young sons, and a close friend were ending Christmas vacation at the seaside resort of Yala on the south coast of Sri Lanka when a wave suddenly overtook them. She was only to learn later that this was a tsunami that devastated coastlines through Southeast Asia. When the water began to encroach closer to their hotel, they began to run, but in an instant, water engulfed them, Sonali was separated from her family, and all was lost. Sonali Deraniyagala has written an extraordinarily honest, utterly engrossing account of the surreal tragedy of a devastating event that all at once ended her life as she knew it and her journey since in search of understanding and redemption. It is also a remarkable portrait of a young family's life and what came before, with all the small moments and larger dreams that suddenly and irrevocably ended.

The Buddha and the Bitch

The Buddha and the Bitch
Author: Rashma N. Kalsie
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9789386832405
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Release: 2018-04-17
Editor: Hay House, Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Buddha and the Bitch is an inspiring, autobiographical story of a unique friendship between two women from different cultures, generations and world views, presenting two different approaches to life and art. Thrown together by cosmic chance and united by their love for writing and self-discovery, Phebe, a writing teacher from Ohio, retired and a lesbian, and Rashma, the younger, independent playwright from Delhi, a wife and mother, meet and travel to South India together. They detail their journey while sharing their ecstasies and woes of making art; the Bitch pushes the Buddha to learn the ways of the world while the Buddha advises the other to enjoy life. A quick and easy read, The Buddha and the Bitch touches woke subjects including meditation and spirituality, art and creativity, sexuality and romantic love. The book also addresses challenges of starting a new project, nourishing the artistic muse, going deeper and taking risks, and overcoming creative doubts, making it a must-read for anyone aspiring to be someone in this chaotic world.

On the Outside Looking Indian

On the Outside Looking Indian
Author: Rupinder Gill
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780771035951
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Release: 2011-03-22
Editor: McClelland & Stewart
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"There's a phenomenon in Amish culture called Rumspringa, where Amish adolescents are permitted to break free from their modest and traditional lifestyles to indulge in normally taboo activities. They dress how they want, go out if and when they please, smoke, drink and generally party like it's 1899. At the end they decide if they will return and join the Amish church. "I am 30 years old. I wore my hair in two braids every day until I was 12. I dressed more conservatively than most Amish, barely left my house until I was 18 and spent the last 12 years studying and working hard on my career like a good little Indian girl. The time has come; you are witness to the dawning of my Indian Rumspringa, a Ram-Singha if you will. But instead of smoking and drinking Bud Lights in a park while yelling 'Down with barn raising!' I plan to indulge in a different manner — by pursuing everything I wish had been a part of my youth. Things I always felt were part of most North Americans' adolescent experience. I will learn to swim, go to summer camp, see Disneyworld, take dance lessons, have sleepovers and finally get the pet I longed for my whole life. "This is the story of the ultimate New Year's resolution, more akin to a new life resolution. Will it all be fun? Will my friends and family support my walk down memory-less lane? Will it all matter in the end? I don't know yet but much like my young Rumspringaed-out counterpart, I will decide whether or not there is any going back."

Secrets of the Red Lantern

Secrets of the Red Lantern
Author: Pauline Nguyen,Luke Nguyen,Mark Jensen
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9780740777431
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Release: 2008-08
Editor: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Over two hundred seventy-five Vietnamese recipes are presented alongside a visual narrative of food and Nguyen family photographs that follows the family's escape from war-town Vietnam to the founding of the Red Lantern restaurant.

Journey Through Trauma

Journey Through Trauma
Author: Gretchen L. Schmelzer, PhD
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780735216846
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Release: 2018-02-06
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For survivors of PTSD and repeated, relational trauma -- and the people who love them. Gretchen Schmelzer watched too many people quit during treatment for trauma recovery. They found it too difficult or too frightening or just decided that for them it was too late. But as a therapist and trauma survivor herself, Dr. Schmelzer wants us to know that it is never too late to heal from trauma, whether it is the suffering caused within an abusive relationship or PTSD resulting from combat. Sometimes what feels like a big setback is actually an unexpected difficult step forward. So she wrote Journey Through Trauma specifically for survivors--to help them understand the terrain of the healing process and stay on the path. There are three basic principles that every trauma survivor should know: Healing is possible. It requires courage. And it cannot be done alone. Traumas that happen more than once--child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, gang violence, even war--are all relational traumas. They happened inside a relationship and therefore must be healed inside a relationship, whether that relationship is with a therapist or within a group. Journey Through Trauma gives us a map to help guide us through that healing process, see where the hard parts show up, and persevere in the process of getting well. We learn the five phases that every survivor must negotiate along the way and come to understand that since the cycle of healing is not linear, circling back around to a previous stage does not mean defeat - it actually means progress as well as facing new challenges. Authoritative and accessible, Journey Through Trauma provides support for survivors and their loved ones through one of the most challenging but necessary processes of healing that anyone can face.

Devouring Cultures

Devouring Cultures
Author: Cammie M. Sublette,Jennifer Martin
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9781557286918
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Release: 2015-12-15
Editor: University of Arkansas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Funded in part by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts"--Page 4 of cover.

Tomorrow s Table

Tomorrow s Table
Author: Pamela C. Ronald,R. W. Adamchak
Pages: 232
ISBN: 0199756694
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Release: 2008-04-18
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production. Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems. This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Autumn Light

Autumn Light
Author: Pico Iyer
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780451493941
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Release: 2019-04-16
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Returning to his longtime home in Japan after his father-in-law’s sudden death, Pico Iyer picks up the steadying patterns of his everyday rites: going to the post office and engaging in furious games of ping-pong every evening. But in a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, he comes to reflect on changelessness in ways that anyone can relate to: parents age, children scatter, and Iyer and his wife turn to whatever can sustain them as everything falls away. As the maple leaves begin to turn and the heat begins to soften, Iyer shows us a Japan we have seldom seen before, where the transparent and the mysterious are held in a delicate balance, and where autumn reminds us to take nothing for granted.

The Reading Promise

The Reading Promise
Author: Alice Ozma
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781455504503
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Release: 2011-05-03
Editor: Grand Central Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The heartwarming, true story of a young woman whose single father--an elementary school librarian--read aloud to her every night, starting from when she was in 4th grade until the day she left for college. When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college. meta content="Word.Document" name="ProgId" meta content="Microsoft Word 12" name="Generator" meta content="Microsoft Word 12" name="Originator"link href="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\englanda\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_filelist.xml" rel="File-List"link href="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\englanda\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_themedata.thmx" rel="themeData"link href="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\englanda\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_colorschememapping.xml" rel="colorSchemeMapping" Alice approaches her book as a series of vignettes about her relationship with her father and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her. Books included in the Streak were: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare's plays.

Blind Man s Bluff A Memoir

Blind Man s Bluff  A Memoir
Author: James Tate Hill
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780393867183
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Release: 2021-08-03
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A writer’s humorous and often-heartbreaking tale of losing his sight—and how he hid it from the world. At age sixteen, James Tate Hill was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. When high-school friends stopped calling and a disability counselor advised him to aim for C’s in his classes, he tried to escape the stigma by pretending he could still see. In this unfailingly candid yet humorous memoir, Hill discloses the tricks he employed to pass for sighted, from displaying shelves of paperbacks he read on tape to arriving early on first dates so women would have to find him. He risked his life every time he crossed a street, doing his best to listen for approaching cars. A good memory and pop culture obsessions like Tom Cruise, Prince, and all things 1980s allowed him to steer conversations toward common experiences. For fifteen years, Hill hid his blindness from friends, colleagues, and lovers, even convincing himself that if he stared long enough, his blurry peripheral vision would bring the world into focus. At thirty, faced with a stalled writing career, a crumbling marriage, and a growing fear of leaving his apartment, he began to wonder if there was a better way.