THE BRIEF WONDROUS
LIFE OF OSCAR WAO
The story of a disastrously overweight Dominican teenager
living in New Jersey, who dreams of becoming the next
J.R.R. Tolkien and finding love, in spite of the curse that has
haunted his family.
“An extraordinarily vibrant book that’s fueled by adrena-line-powered prose....Decisively establishes [Díaz] as one of
contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new
voices.”—The New York Times.
“Balance[s] an intimate, multigenerational story of familial
tragedy with a meditation on the larger horrors that have
gripped their homeland.”— The Boston Globe
“Terrific...high-energy....It is a joy to read, and every bit as exhilarating to reread.”—Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly.
Riverhead • 352 pp. • 978-1-59448-329-5 • $14.00
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
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LISTENING IS AN ACT OF LOVE
A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project
From more than ten thousand interviews, StoryCorps—the largest oral
history project in the nation’s history—presents a tapestry of American
stories, told by the people who lived them to the people they love.
“StoryCorps asks Americans to reflect upon their experiences, their times
of travail, their achievements. In so doing, these individuals create an encompassing national narration: a people’s hopes, fears and aspirations, all
rendered poignantly to attentive listeners.”—Robert Coles, Harvard University. “You won’t want to stop turning pages.”—USA Today. Reader’s
Penguin • 304 pp. • 978-0-14-311434-5 • $15.00
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Bich Minh Nguyen
STEALING BUDDHA’S DINNER
A vivid, funny, and viscerally powerful memoir of childhood, assimilation, food, and a Vietnamese girl’s coming of age in Michigan. “In this
deftly crafted memoir...Nguyen describes what it was like for her and
other Southeast Asian refugees who found themselves in the Midwest of
the 1980s.”—Los Angeles Times. “Nguyen’s story ranges from the pleasures
of popular culture to the richness of personal history, from American fast
foods to traditional Vietnamese fare. It is an irresistible tale.”—Diana
Abu-Jaber, author of The Language of Baklava.
Penguin • 272 pp. • 978-0-14-311303-4 • $14.00