Not A Self-help Book

Not A Self-help Book

The Misadventures of Marty Wu

Book - 2016
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Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Semi-Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor. Marty Wu, compulsive reader of advice manuals, would love to come across as a poised young advertising professional. Instead she trips over her own feet and blurts out inappropriate comments. The bulk of her brain matter, she decides, consists of gerbils "spinning madly in alternating directions."

Marty hopes to someday open a boutique costume shop, but it's hard to keep focused on her dream. First comes a spectacular career meltdown that sends her ricocheting between the stress of New York and the warmth of supportive relatives in Taiwan. Then she faces one domestic drama after another, with a formidable mother who's impossible to please, an annoyingly successful and well- adjusted brother, and surprising family secrets that pop up just when she doesn't want to deal with them.

Mining the comedic potential of the 1.5-generation American experience, NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK is an insightful and witty portrait of a young woman scrambling to balance familial expectations and her own creative dreams.

"A breezy and charming tale ... Anyone who's grown up immersed in a profoundly rich old-world culture and feels its constant pull will commiserate--and be entertained."--Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family

"Marty is a wonderful character who learns to stand up for herself and discovers what she really wants in life."--Booklist

"An expert combination of humor and deep feeling... Digs deep into the particular challenges of defining and asserting an artistic identity in the world."--PANK Magazine

"Ceaselessly surprising and entertaining... Lai's debut is an unexpectedly radical book on our deeply complicated relations with parents."--Hyphen Magazine: Asian America Unabridged
Publisher: Albany, New York : Shade Mountain Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780991355587
Branch Call Number: FIC LAI
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 09, 2016

DO NOT BE FOOLED by the book description which starts off with "Asian and Asian American Studies." Wha?? This book features a zany heroine dealing with modern life. If you loved Bridget Jones Diary, this is for you. It is not a self-help book, and it is also not an ethnographic treatise on Taiwanese American culture. Misadventure! Foibles, lots and lots of foibles! Read only if you want to laugh and hug your best friend, because that's what this book makes me wanna do. See the write-up on Book Riot!


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