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THE COOKED SEED: A MEMOIR

July 18, 2013 Leave a comment

The Cooked Seed: A MemoirThe Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Anchee Min

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I will admit that I am hopelessly drawn to memoirs and doubly trapped when written by  a person from a different culture. Anchee Min has written many historical novels about Chinese history and culture. This is her story, well told and brutally honest.

She begins with her birthplace in Shanghai and continues until her daughter prompts her to write this memoir. She details her difficulty getting to America, adjusting to a new culture and learning a new language to her overpowering desire to have a child and the predicament she finds herself in achieving this.

A strong woman who overcomes her own demons, she is willing to admit her errors and bares them with brutal honesty. Her love of her daughter, her second husband and her connection to her family still in China shows the depth of her commitment to living honestly and achieving the best that one can.

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