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Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam

20 June, 2023

The background almost looks like wallpaper, but is done in blue hues and is a collection of many illustrations from the story. Centered on top of that is a colorful bowl of noodles with a soup spoon and chopsticks on it.Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam by Thien Pham
First Second

A moving young adult graphic memoir about a Vietnamese immigrant boy’s search for belonging in America, perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and The Best We Could Do !

Thien’s first memory isn’t a sight or a sound. It’s the sweetness of watermelon and the saltiness of fish. It’s the taste of the foods he ate while adrift at sea as his family fled Vietnam.

After the Pham family arrives at a refugee camp in Thailand, they struggle to survive. Things don’t get much easier once they resettle in California. And through each chapter of their lives, food takes on a new meaning. Strawberries come to signify struggle as Thien’s mom and dad look for work. Potato chips are an indulgence that bring Thien so much joy that they become a necessity.

Behind every cut of steak and inside every croissant lies a story. And for Thien Pham, that story is about a search– for belonging, for happiness, for the American dream. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


20 June, 2023
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