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“Moving...A uplifting work of incredibly grit and fortitude.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Her memoir methodically reconstructs those painstaking first years in Chicago, living on a pittance, scrounging for work, amazed at what she considered luxurious dorm living, and guilt-ridden at her inability to rescue her family back home. Along the way, she offers candid observations on American naiveté, casual waste, and lack of Chinese stick-to-itness, yet writes poignantly of being treated with decency and warmth, inspiring her to work harder. Watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and reading Jane Eyre helped pave her yellow brick road to literary success, as she delineates captivatingly in this work.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[Min] writes, as always, with singeing candor and devastating precision...Min's indomitable and magnificent memoir spans the full spectrum of the human experience, elucidates her noble mission as a writer, and portrays a woman of formidable strength and conviction.” ―Booklist, starred review
“A landmark memoir gets a moving sequel.” ―Elle
“[The] preeminent chronicler of women's lives in China's ill-starred Cultural Revolution.” ―Elle
“What makes The Cooked Seed different from other immigrant stories is Min's incredible honesty.” ―Los Alamos Daily Post
I could not put this book down. It was so touching and so powerful. Anchee Min presents the life of an immigrant so well, it is painful. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Freemont DelRay
I liked ’Pearl of Chinà’ bette.r. Would like to read more, The views of life in China are so real.Published 20 days ago by Ann
I received an ARC of Anchee Min’s The Cooked Seed via a FirstReads giveaway on Goodreads. While I wanted to read this book as soon as it arrived, I admit to putting it on the back... Read morePublished 1 month ago by UpstateASB
Coarse. That is the word that came to my mind after reading this book.
I was able to relate to some parts of the book, particularly her urge to write and her hopes for her... Read more
this was a good read from start to finish. a real page turner. i was very glad i brought it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was an interesting story, in terms of the history of the cultural revolution in China and the immigrant experience in the US. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Odile F.