Buddha at Bedtime

Buddha at Bedtime
Author: Dharmachari Nagaraja
Publsiher: Duncan Baird Publishers
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2010-01-01
ISBN: 9781844838806
Category: Buddhist mythology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddha at Bedtime Book Excerpt:

Building on the age-old art of storytelling, this beautiful book retells 20 ancient Buddhist tales in a way that will aid relaxation and prepare your child for sleep.

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime
Author: Dharmachari Nagaraja
Publsiher: Watkins Media Limited
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2017-11-14
ISBN: 1786781042
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime Book Excerpt:

A beautifully illustrated collection of classic Buddhist tales that will calm your child’s mind before bedtime—complete with a series of mindfulness meditations for kids and their parents Growing up in the modern world, our children have to cope with an ever-increasing amount of stress, which can feel worrying to both them and us. The ancient wisdom of Buddhism, with its emphasis on peace, mindfulness and compassion, is the ideal basis for helping any child face these challenges with inner confidence and calm. Building on the age-old art of storytelling, this beautiful book retells eighteen ancient Buddhist tales in a way that is thoroughly fun and accessible to children. Featuring original, full-page illustrations, the stories will transport children into imaginary worlds of enlightenment and discovery. Here, they will meet all sorts of delightful characters and discover easy-to-understand Buddhist messages that will empower them to think about how they can apply values such as patience, honesty, authenticity and generosity in their own lives. Designed either to be read aloud by parents to their 4–8-year-olds, or to be read by the older age range on their own, these compelling narratives help to focus and calm the mind, providing a soothing transition into sleep. The selection of gentle mindfulness meditations at the end provides an extra practical dimension that can be used at any time to help enhance a sense of a calm and contentment.

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime
Author: Dharmachari Nagaraja
Publsiher: Watkins
Total Pages: 78
Release: 2017-11-16
ISBN: 1786781042
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime Book Excerpt:

Growing up in the modern world, our children have to cope with an ever-increasing amount of stress, which can feel worrying to both them and us. The ancient wisdom of Buddhism, with its emphasis on peace, mindfulness and compassion, is the ideal basis for helping any child face these challenges with inner confidence and calm. Building on the age-old art of storytelling, this beautiful book retells 18 ancient Buddhist tales in a way that is thoroughly fun and accessible to children. Featuring original, full-page illustrations, the stories will transport children into imaginary worlds of enlightenment and discovery. Here, they will meet all sorts of delightful characters and discover easy-to-understand Buddhist messages that will empower them to think about how they can apply values such as patience, honesty, authenticity and generosity in their own lives. Designed either to be read aloud by parents to their 4–8 year olds or to be read by the older age range on their own, these compelling narratives help to focus and calm the mind, providing a soothing transition into sleep. And the selection of gentle mindfulness meditations at the end provides an extra practical dimension that can be used at any time to help enhance a sense of a calm and contentment.

The Buddha s Apprentice at Bedtime

The Buddha s Apprentice at Bedtime
Author: Dharmachari Nagaraja
Publsiher: Watkins Media Limited
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2013-06-06
ISBN: 1780286171
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Buddha s Apprentice at Bedtime Book Excerpt:

Practising Buddhist and master storyteller Dharmachari Nagaraja weaves a thrilling narrative spell while at the same time conveying basic life lessons that will help children to develop their personality, deal with their anxieties, and find peace and confidence as they grow up. The stories explore themes from the Eightfold Path, which is Buddhism's practical route to a happy life. Topics covered, with the lightest of touches, include speaking in a kind and truthful manner, behaving with compassion, thinking selflessly and avoiding the pitfalls of egotism. Although providing gentle guidance on the art of living well, which is the basis of true happiness, each story is also compelling in its own right, featuring characters, settings and events that every child will find absorbing. Each narrative concludes with an affirmation that helps to draw out its positive message, while the superb, specially commissioned illustrations will delight your child and provide a starting-point for discussion and further enjoyment. The helpful introduction provides insights into the value of Buddhist principles for children and shows how visualisation, imaginative thinking and even first steps in meditation can help to nurture young minds and hearts.

Sitting Together

Sitting Together
Author: Sumi Loundon Kim
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2017-06-13
ISBN: 1614294356
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sitting Together Book Excerpt:

An all-in-one set to implement a family meditation course, regardless of your tradition or level of experience. This three-volume set provides a complete curriculum for adults and children to learn about mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist teachings together, either in the home, in partnership with other families, or with a local center. The Adult Study Guide (280 pages) offers thirty-six lesson plans including meditation practices, homework, readings, and reflection questions for group study. The Children’s Lesson Plans (296 pages), used in conjunction with the Adult Study Guide, provides step-by-step instructions for teachers on meditation exercises, stories, crafts, songs, and games. The Activity Book (136 pages) is a perfect companion to enhance the children’s education with over 50 coloring pages, puzzles, and other fun activities. This comprehensive curriculum for adults and children ages 3–12 has five units on meditation, kindness, ethics, character, and service. It is perfect for any family, Dharma center, yoga studio, or religious, educational, or community organization that wants to incorporate a mindfulness program for children and their families. To fully implement the Children's Lesson Plans some additional materials will be needed, such as inexpensive arts and craft supplies, download of children's songs, and children's storybooks, often available in libraries. Visit mindfulfamilies.net for more resources.

Buddha at Work

Buddha at Work
Author: Geetanjali Pandit
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-07-16
ISBN: 9350096447
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddha at Work Book Excerpt:

How can you bring your best and most successful self to work every day? Told in a series of conversations with Gautam, and interspersed with tales from the Buddha’s life – along with real-life stories from people who’ve faced challenging situations in their jobs – Buddha at Work offers invaluable insight that will guide you through the challenges of the modern-day workplace. This book unlocks the secrets to: • Keeping yourself motivated and energized, and being your productive best; • Managing stress and taking control of every workday situation; • Dealing with difficult bosses and co-workers or unforeseen situations like losing your job; • Channelling negativity into a more productive and positive attitude. Drawn from the author’s decades of experience as head of HR in the country’s top organizations, and packed with easy-to-apply practical advice, Buddha at Work will help you achieve your true potential and find inspiration when you need it the most.

Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families

Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families
Author: Paul Nash,Zamir Hussain,Madeleine Parkes
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2015-04-21
ISBN: 1784500720
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families Book Excerpt:

What do you need to know in order to provide the best possible care for sick children of different faiths? What, in the context of the young person's faith, might it be helpful to know to support the child and the family, improve care, communicate sensitively and avoid causing offence? Drawing on extensive, evidence-based research and practice, this practical resource addresses the multi-faith needs of sick and dying children and young people in hospitals and the wider community. Covering Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, it provides the key information needed to help multi-disciplinary healthcare staff offer the best, culturally-appropriate care to sick children and their families. The book discusses daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care in a range of settings, including hospitals, hospices, schools and home. The information provided covers those aspects of the religions discussed that are essential for healthcare staff to understand, including modesty and hygiene, taboos, food and prohibited products, age-related issues, sacred objects, visitors, and the expectations of the family. It includes important information on the issues of disability and mental health in each faith as well as addressing the significance within different faith traditions of the transitions from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. A comprehensive resource that uniquely focuses on the care needs of sick children from different faiths, this book will be of immeasurable value to multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, bereavement support and palliative care workers, carers, counsellors, chaplains and arts therapists.

The Pilgrimage of Buddhism and a Buddhist Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage of Buddhism and a Buddhist Pilgrimage
Author: James Bissett Pratt
Publsiher: Asian Educational Services
Total Pages: 782
Release: 1996
ISBN: 9788120611962
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pilgrimage of Buddhism and a Buddhist Pilgrimage Book Excerpt:

Islands of Refuge

Islands of Refuge
Author: Jeff Muñoz
Publsiher: BalboaPress
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2012-10-01
ISBN: 1452552150
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islands of Refuge Book Excerpt:

"Islands of Refuge is the stuff of legends. A confused teenager in big trouble over drugs, wanted by the FBI, goes on the lam and has just landed on Hawaii's Big Island when a car driven by an old man pulls over and offers him a ride. Daddy Bray, Hawaii's last great kahuna, tells Jeff that he has been waiting years for him to arrive. Over the next quarter century, [Munoz] remakes himself into a new kind of man..." Jeffrey Paine, author of Father India and Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West; vice president of the National Book Critics Circle and Judge of the Pulizter Prize.

Partners in Play

Partners in Play
Author: Terry Kottman,Kristin Meany-Walen
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2016-01-08
ISBN: 1119268990
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Partners in Play Book Excerpt:

Play therapy expert Terry Kottman and her colleague Kristin Meany-Walen provide a comprehensive update to this spirited and fun text on integrating Adlerian techniques into play therapy. Clinicians, school counselors, and students will find this to be the definitive guide for using Adlerian strategies with children to foster positive growth and effective communication with their parents and teachers. After an introduction to the basics of the approach and the concepts of Individual Psychology, the stages of Adlerian play therapy are outlined through step-by-step instructions, detailed treatment plans, an ongoing case study, and numerous vignettes. In addition to presenting up-to-date information on trends in play therapy, this latest edition emphasizes the current climate of evidence-based treatment and includes a new chapter on conducting research in play therapy. Appendixes contain useful worksheets, checklists, and resources that can be easily integrated into practice. Additional resources related to this book can be found in the ACA Online Bookstore at www.counseling.org/publications/bookstore and on Terry Kottman’s website encouragementzone.com. *Requests for digital versions from the ACA can be found on wiley.com. *To request print copies, please visit the ACA website here. *Reproduction requests for material from books published by ACA should be directed to [email protected]

Conscious Parenting

Conscious Parenting
Author: Gabriel Cousens, M.D.,Leah Lynn
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 532
Release: 2015-09-01
ISBN: 1583949976
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conscious Parenting Book Excerpt:

Conscious Parenting is a great resource for parents seeking advice on optimal vegan nutrition and the importance of unplugging and having quiet time in nature for today's children. Anchored by extensive research on the importance of diet and environment by the world's leading authority on spiritual nutrition, the book is packed with advice and information to help you • choose authentic, organic, vegan food for optimal health; • support your child's emotional, social, and mental development; • counter the effects of environmental toxins and harmful media; • and create a nurturing environment for your child's spiritual growth. Table of Contents (Preview) Chapter 1: The Role of the Alive Parent / The Role of the Alive Child Chapter 2: Creating an Alive Environment / Six Foundations for Spiritual Life / The Sevenfold Peace Chapter 3: Perspectives on Support for the Alive Child According to Stages of Development Chapter 4: Supporting the Child's Physical Development / Living Foods for the Living Body / The Vegan, Live-Food Solution is Safe / A New Look at Transitioning from Eating Flesh Food / Don't Eat the Fish / Don't Pig Out / Poultry Problems Chapter 5: Why Authentic, Vegan, Organic Food? / Organic Foods / Organic Veganic Farming / Pesticide Pestilence / Protect Yourself Against Food Chemicalization / Genetically Engineered Foods / Irradiated Foods: Another Biohazard / Go Organic / The Low-Sugar Piece to the Whole Food Puzzle / Natural Low Sugar and No Sugar Sweeteners / Minerals and Children: Precious Gems / Children Need Dietary Fats / Protein for Growing Bodies/ Is a Plant-Sourced Diet Safe for Children? / But Children Don't Like Healthy Food? Soy What? And Other Vegan Foods to Be Wary Of Chapter 6: Holistic Veganism Chapter 7: Supporting the Child's Emotional Development / Living Foods and Freeing Up Emotions / Listening to How the Child Feels about Eating Animals / Thoughts, Emotions, and the Preparation of Food / Self-Esteem Chapter 8: Supporting the Child's Social Development / Living Foods and the Child's Social Development / Positive Socialization within the Home / Peaceful Conflict Resolution / Other Opportunities for Positive Socialization / Have You Ever Heard of the Candy Fairy? Chapter 9: Supporting the Child's Mental Development / Movement and the Mind / Childhood Depression / Nature and Learning / Emotional Safety and Learning / Deficient Diet and Mental Degeneration / Living Nutrition for the Living Brain / "Vitamin-O" (Oxygen) / Water / Food for Thought /The Mythological Dangers of High Cholesterol and High Fat / Health Dangers of Low Cholesterol / The Importance of Omega-3s for Health / Media Affects on the Child's Mind / The Harmful Effects of Pornography Chapter 10: Synergistic Toxicity of Brain and Body / The Great Vaccine Question for Parents Who Value Alive and Conscious Children: What To Do? / Gluten / Marijuana: Toxicity to the Brain / Fluoride: Toxicity to the Brain and Body / EMFs and Our Children's Brains / Perspectives on Dairy Chapter 11: Supporting the Child's Spiritual Development / Spiritual Nutrition for Childhood / Supporting the Spirit of the Child with Silence / Imagination / Meaningful Work /Wisdom Teachings / Music/ Chapter 12: Recipes for Children / Resources for Holistic Parenting

World Tales for Family Storytelling

World Tales for Family Storytelling
Author: Chris Smith
Publsiher: Hawthorn Press
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2021-10-15
ISBN: 1912480689
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Tales for Family Storytelling Book Excerpt:

Stories from oral traditions from a variety of historical, cultural and world sources, with story sources and resources for families.

Time to Fly

Time to Fly
Author: Eileen Robertson Hamra
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-04-21
ISBN: 194795119X
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Time to Fly Book Excerpt:

Reality, as Eileen Robertson Hamra perceived it, instantaneously altered the moment authorities confirmed that the plane her husband was piloting had crashed, and he had not survived. Three days before Christmas 2011 and just two miles from her parents’ home, Eileen Roberston Hamra’s husband, Brian, died alone, flying his own airplane. Overnight, Eileen lost the man she loved, and her three young children lost their father. Brian’s parents lost their son, his younger sister lost her big brother, and hundreds of people working across the globe in the tech and solar energy industries lost their mentor, their leader, their guide. Al Gore sent his condolences. After holding bicoastal celebrations of Brian’s life, for weeks, months, a year, Eileen and her children wrapped themselves in his clothing, and cocooned. Each night, under the balmy black-blue skies of Southern California, they cried, hugged, and pressed forward in ways they knew Brian would have wanted them to. Through the rollercoaster ride of loss and mourning, they were buoyed by friends, teachers, strangers, angels, and of course, family. Despite the dark sense of having been gutted, in fact because of the shadowy pangs of emptiness she experienced, Eileen learned new ways in which to shine a light and make her way toward feeling whole again. She transformed longing and loneliness into wisdom and wonder. She became more patient, compassionate, balanced, joyful, and loving than she had ever thought possible. Time to Fly is the story of how one woman chose to view the tragedy of her husband’s death as an opportunity to strengthen the bond with her children, and to wake up to her life’s purpose. It is one woman’s high-flying and turbulent journey to taking full possession of her potential by breaking beyond what she thought she would, should, and could do. Eileen Robertson Hamra moved through grief toward healing via a tough and magical spiritual awakening. Making a series of conscious choices and paying attention to a string of “coincidences” and otherworldly signs, she eventually met another wonderful man, Mike. They fell in love, got married, and set a well-respected IVF clinic record by giving birth to a miracle child when Eileen was forty-six years old. Time to Fly is a memoir not only for the bereaved and those who support them, but for anyone who believes in the power of finding the silver lining in the darkest of situations and holding on to that sliver of light, in order to turn things around. We do not have complete control over our limited time on this remarkable planet, and so in the time we do have, we must hold one another, build softness alongside resilience, and write our own flight plan

Courage for the Journey

Courage for the Journey
Author: Wendy Weikal-Beauchat
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 108
Release: 2013-09-16
ISBN: 1491814756
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Courage for the Journey Book Excerpt:

COURAGE FOR THE JOURNEY assembles a collection of wisdom to ignite courage, hope, and strength in those caught in the inevitable storms of life. In his 1965 masterpiece I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, Dr. Seuss observed, And I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. Adversities arise in all shapes and sizes. The death of a loved one, divorce, business failure, job loss, health issues, and natural disasters are only but a few examples. None of us is immune from the life events that can shake or even obliterate our foundations. Personal disasters leave us dazed and shell-shocked. We find ourselves standing in the rubble of our lives, wondering how to move forward and what to do next. Winston Churchill asserted, If you are going through Hell, keep going! This is sage advice for anyone in distress. The question is how, when you have totally lost direction, do you keep going? When fear, discouragement, failure, loss, and regret have taken firm root in the gardens of our heart, mind, and soul, how do you vanquish them? During adversity, attitude will always dictate outcome. The key to overcoming any obstacle is to tune out the negative noise of the storm and society in general. The positive emotions of courage, faith, hope, perseverance, and peace contain far greater power than negative emotions. COURAGE FOR THE JOURNEY explores strategies for: Finding courage and faith in place of fear Finding hope and perseverance in place of discouragement Finding opportunity and choice in place of failure Finding clarity and accepting change in place of loss Finding recovery, reinvention, and peace in place of regret

A Guru in the Nursery

A Guru in the Nursery
Author: Dawn M. Staszak
Publsiher: BalboaPress
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2013-01-08
ISBN: 1452565880
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Guru in the Nursery Book Excerpt:

Find your center amid the chaos! Motherhood is the most rewarding and yet challenging job there is. Being “on the path” is a ful?lling experience, but when little ones come along, your world is completely changed! How can you “get your spiritual groove back” while feeding little mouths and washing dozens of onesies? A Guru in the Nursery is a follow-up to A Guru in the O?ce, in which author Dawn M. Staszak tackled the challenge of bridging the gap between business and spirituality. In A Guru in the Nursery, Staszak tackles the challenge of being on the spiritual path while caring for little ones. Motherhood is always an adventure, and these ideas and activities have helped her get back to center and feel more peaceful, thereby giving her a leg up on being a better mom—and isn’t that what every parent strives for? When you don’t have time to shower, much less attend life-enhancing seminars, A Guru in the Nursery is your go-to guide for sanity-saving tips and tricks to bring you back to the best parent you can be. Namaste, Mama!

Babylon Rolling

Babylon Rolling
Author: Amanda Boyden
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2008-08-05
ISBN: 030737775X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Babylon Rolling Book Excerpt:

Ariel May and her husband, Ed, have just moved to New Orleans with their two small children. Their neighbor, Fearius, is a fifteen-year-old just out of juvenile detention. Across the street, an elderly couple, the Browns, are only trying to pass their days in peace, while Philomenia Beauregard de Bruges, a longtime resident and “Uptown lady,” peers through her curtains at the East Indian family next door.With one random accident, a scene of horror across front lawns, the whole neighborhood converges on the sidewalk and the residents of Orchid Street are thrown together, for better and for worse.

Buddha s Book of Sleep

Buddha s Book of Sleep
Author: Joseph Emet
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-12-27
ISBN: 178180091X
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddha s Book of Sleep Book Excerpt:

Sleep deprivation is a growing problem worldwide. We go to our doctors for advice, but they seem to have nothing but pills to counteract this predicament, and these quick fixes fail to get to the root of the problem. Buddha's Book of Sleep is the first book to treat sleep disorders from the perspective of mindfulness meditation. Yet this is a natural choice - mindfulness meditation has proven effective for other psychological problems such as stress, depression and anxiety and these very issues are what become sleep problems when our heads hit the pillow. Divided into two sections, this book attacks sleep disorders with a combination of wisdom and practical meditation exercises. The first section describes the reasons why mindfulness meditation's basis in self-awareness is appropriate for dealing with this problem, detailing the practices of this popular form of meditation. The second section contains seven specific exercises to practice at bedtime or in the wee hours of the morning, depending on when sleeping problems occur. Supplying readers with a new perspective on why they cannot fall asleep (even when they feel exhausted), and arming them with easy-to-use tools from the practices of mindfulness meditation, Buddha's Book of Sleep will help the reader calm their hurried thoughts and rest easy.

Buddha s Book of Stress Reduction

Buddha s Book of Stress Reduction
Author: Joseph Emet
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-12-26
ISBN: 0698140796
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddha s Book of Stress Reduction Book Excerpt:

From stress to well-being—give yourself the gift of the Buddha’s peace. No, it is not all in your head: life is stressful, and some lives more so than others. Yet people react to the same situations differently, and recognizing the difference between what we can control and what we can’t is crucial for stress management—and it is an awakening in and of itself. This practical book is designed to bring the benefits of mindfulness meditation practice to stress reduction. Unlike other stress-reduction books, Buddha’s Book of Stress Reduction also helps you develop the positive values of a calm and constructive attitude. It takes you from stress—where many of us find ourselves—to well-being. From the author of Buddha's Book of Sleep--which won the 2013 COVR Award for Best Book of the Year. Buddha's Book of Sleep includes a foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Buddha s Book of Sleep Deluxe

Buddha s Book of Sleep Deluxe
Author: Joseph Emet
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2012-12-27
ISBN: 1101622997
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddha s Book of Sleep Deluxe Book Excerpt:

Enlightened sleep practices for the modern mind—now with enhanced content! Available exclusively in this Penguin Deluxe edition: Experience the author leading you through guided meditation exercises with soothing, original music and gently spoken words—audio embedded seamlessly in the text, right at your fingertips! Press play, sit back, and drift off to a peaceful slumber. Buddha’s Book of Sleep is the first book to address sleep disturbances with techniques from mindfulness meditation. Yet this is a natural choice—mindfulness meditation has proven effective for psychological problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, and these very issues are what become sleep problems when your head hits the pillow. Divided into two sections, the book approaches sleep deprivation with a combination of wisdom and practical meditation exercises. The first section explains why mindfulness meditation, with its basis in self-awareness, is appropriate for dealing with sleeping problems, and details the practices of this increasingly popular form of meditation. The second section features seven specific exercises to do at bedtime or in the wee hours of the morning, or whenever your sleeping trouble occurs. Providing a new perspective on why you cannot fall asleep even when you feel exhausted, and arming you with easy-to-use mindfulness meditation exercises, Buddha’s Book of Sleep will help you calm your hurried thoughts, and go from feeling always sleepy to getting the rest you need.

Stealing Buddha s Dinner

Stealing Buddha s Dinner
Author: Bich Minh Nguyen
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2008-01-29
ISBN: 1440635331
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stealing Buddha s Dinner Book Excerpt:

Winner of the PEN/Jerard Award Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year Kiriyama Notable Book "[A] perfectly pitched and prodigiously detailed memoir." - Boston Globe As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic- seeming than her Buddhist grandmother's traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled "delicacies" of mainstream America capture her imagination. In Stealing Buddha's Dinner, the glossy branded allure of Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House Cookies becomes an ingenious metaphor for Nguyen's struggle to become a "real" American, a distinction that brings with it the dream of the perfect school lunch, burgers and Jell- O for dinner, and a visit from the Kool-Aid man. Vivid and viscerally powerful, this remarkable memoir about growing up in the 1980s introduces an original new literary voice and an entirely new spin on the classic assimilation story.