The Cooked Seed

A Memoir
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.22 hours)
Product Number: Z06771
Released: May 07, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470365394
Narrator/s: Angela Lin
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In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as a successful, critically acclaimed author. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter, an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path. It is a hard and lonely road. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, lives in unheated rooms, suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces.But she also gives birth to her daughter, Lauryann, who will inspire her and finally root her in her new country. Min's eventual successes-her writing career, a daughter at Stanford, a second husband she loves-are remarkable, but it is her struggle throughout toward genuine selfhood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal.


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The Cooked Seed
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Product Number:Z06771

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Author(s): Anchee Min
Narrator(s): Angela Lin
Product Number C5011
Released: May 09, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781436186292
Author(s): Anchee Min
Narrator(s): Angela Lin
Product Number MP0990
Released: Jun 05, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470365387
Author(s): Anchee Min
Product Number EB00636601
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: #9781608194247

Professional reviews

"In this sequel to RED AZALEA, Anchee Min further illustrates that she's an extraordinary survivor. Life in Mao's China was bleak, and her home life was seldom better. She prevailed by claiming she spoke fluent English (she didn't)and being accepted by an American college. Narrator Angela Lin sublimely captures each character with distinction, proffering a vast range of accents and personalities. Listening to her is like watching a play; transitions are subtle but perfect. Unsurprisingly, Anchee herself is her best creation; when she utters that her life in the Chinese labor camps trained her for the hard physical work she put in to being a do-it-yourself landlord in America, listeners will have no difficulty believing her. Min's charming observations of life in the U.S. enhance the memoir. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"