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Experiencing Vietnam

This mix of fiction and nonfiction offers stories, memoirs and poetry by and about the Vietnamese and their ties to the U.S.

 
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Cao, Lan
Monkey Bridge
Monkey bridges are bamboo bridges that span the rivers of Vietnam, and in this novel symbolize the fragile relationship between a Vietnamese mother and daughter who escape the war.
 
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Dymmoch, Michael Allen
White Tiger
Two Vietnam vets struggle with their past when a Vietnamese woman is murdered in Chicago's "Little Saigon."
 
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Gould, Leslie
Beyond the Blue
Two women, one Vietnamese and one American, struggle over an adoption.
 
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Greer, Robert
Resurrecting Langston Blue
Carmen Nguyen is the daughter of a Vietnamese woman and an American serviceman who disappeared during the war. Forty years later, she learns that he may be alive, but will she find him before he disappears again, this time forever?
 
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Hanh, Thich Nhat
Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh
PL4378.9.N55 A17 1999x
Selected poems from Vietnam's most famous Zen master.
 
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Huynh, Jade N.
South Wind Changing
E184.V53 H88 1994
The true story of a young man who was arrested in Saigon in 1975, sent to a labor camp, escaped to Thailand, then to the U.S., where he begins to make a new life for himself, two brothers and a nephew.
 
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O'Brien, Tim
The Things They Carried
This collection of fictional short stories is loosely based on Tim O'Brien's personal experiences in the Vietnam War. O'Brien laments the impossibility of telling the realities of the war, yet his account is haunting, graphic, emotional, and honest.
 
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Strom, Dao
The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys
Four novellas explore life's consequences for four Vietnamese women in the U.S.
 
Thu-Huong, Duong
Novel Without a Name
Quan, a North Vietnamese soldier, has been at war the entire decade since he turned 18. Exhausted and disillusioned, he returns to his home village to witness the cost of war in poverty and loss. Quan offers a startling perspective into the attitudes of the North Vietnamese toward the Communist regime.
 
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Truong, Monique
The Book of Salt
The haunting fictional memoir of Bohn, the Vietnamese cook working for Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein in their Paris home.
 

Updated: 02/21/2011