The Cooked Seed (2013) Min's landmark 1994 memoir Red Azalea — about growing up during China's Cultural Revolution — reads almost like a terrifying dystopian novel. The Cooked Seed… 2013-05-07 Memoir Bloomsbury
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The Cooked Seed (2013)

THE COOKED SEED by Anchee Min
THE COOKED SEED by Anchee Min
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 07, 2013; Writer: Anchee Min; Genre: Memoir; Publisher: Bloomsbury

Min's landmark 1994 memoir Red Azalea — about growing up during China's Cultural Revolution — reads almost like a terrifying dystopian novel. The Cooked Seed, her first memoir since, picks up after she immigrates to Chicago, where the stakes are no lower as she fights for a visa, learns English from Mister Rogers, claws her way out of a bad marriage, and tries to raise her daughter with an American spirit and Chinese determination. It's the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was trying to be. Min's story serves as both a love letter to her adopted country and a poignant wake-up call to Americans who take our freedoms for granted. A-

Originally posted May 08, 2013 Published in issue #1259 May 17, 2013 Order article reprints