The Cooked Seed

The Cooked Seed

A Memoir

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A sequel to the internationally best-selling Red Azalea traces the author's journey from the painful deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of America, where she endures five jobs, crime and a painful marriage before the birth of a daughter inspires her writing career.

McMillan Palgrave

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.

From Anchee Min, the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Red Azalea -the eagerly awaited sequel, in which she comes to America to find her way, her voice, and her love.

& Taylor

Traces the author's journey from the painful deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of America, where she endured five jobs, crime, and a painful marriage before the birth of a daughter inspired her writing career.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781596916982
Branch Call Number: B MIN 2013
Characteristics: 361 pages cm


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True life story of a young woman from China immigrating to America and reveals the financial struggles, loneliness and language barriers she faced. Interesting, shocking and compelling to someone born a Canadian. Reminds us not to take our birthright for granted! NF

Feb 19, 2016

This sequel to Red Azalea is a thoroughly amazing recounting of Anchee's struggle to live and survive in the U.S. Over the years she manages to learn English (with the help of her ever-present dictionary), supports herself by working multiple jobs simultaneously, and eventually writes her first book. It is definitely a must-read for those who admire/respect a woman with such determination and courage in the face of almost impossible odds.

Jane60201 Mar 08, 2014

Extremely interesting and well written autobiography. At least half of it takes place in contemporary Chicago, which makes it all the more interesting.

Jul 09, 2013

I heard Anchee in an interview on NPR so became interested in her book. It is !! AMAZING!! A memoir that is fasinating for anyone!!! Particularly for young women or men, women or men. She talks about living through adversity both in China and in the U.S., when she didn't speak English and was living in severe poverty. EXCELLENT READ!!!! AAAA+++++ I can't say enough about this terrific summer read.

ChristchurchLib Jun 18, 2013

"Well-known for her evocative novels of China, including Empress Orchid, Anchee Min survived several years in a labour camp before she found a way to emigrate to the U.S. More troubles followed her arrival in Chicago, however, as she was penniless, constantly in fear of deportation, and had no friends. Her life improved only slightly after her marriage, but giving birth to her daughter inspired her, and beginning to write in English put her on the path to success." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter


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