Inside Out and Back Again
Thanhha Lai. Now available wherever books are sold, in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook. Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. This is a book that asks the reader to be careful, to pay attention, to sigh at the end. An incisive portrait of human resilience. For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.
Unless she's your sister, chances are decent you've never found yourself yearning to read the diary of a ten-year-old girl. Before you write off this book as some abstract meditation on the terrors of war, though, let us remind you that this entire book is written in the voice of a kid. And this means that as much as it's about war, it's also about how annoying her brothers are, skimming money from the grocery shopping budget in order to treat yo' self, how annoying it is to be a girl sometimes, and how it feels to be bullied at school. In other words, the Vietnam War and culture shock aside, this story also deals with pretty classic growing-up stuff—which makes it easy to relate to and follow. So whether you geek out over history, adore poetry, appreciate unusual perspectives, like to keep fancy company, are curious about the impact of war on ordinary lives, or just love the thrill of reading other people's diaries, this book should hit the spot. We're assuming most of you have read at least one poem in your life Shel Silverstein , anyone?