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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kao Kalia Yang Narrator: Kao Kalia Yang Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781611744507
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Since the 1970s, thousands of Hmong families, who collaborated with the U.S. during the Vietnam war, fled the war-torn jungles of Laos for America. The author, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, pays tribute to her remarkable grandmother, whose spirit Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 2/10/2014

    " Educational, an intriguing acount of a familiar but little-understood people group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting and poignant memoir. Would definitely recommend to those interested in or working with the Hmong community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/30/2014

    " an amazing memoir that gives voice to so many in our schools and communities. highly recommended; glad to have finally read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Erickson | 1/21/2014

    " Knowing I lived through the Vietnam War and read about it every day in the news, this book was real to me. The author wrote realistic descriptions of what life was like for the Hmong people that assisted the Americans trying to overcome the Vietcong. Escaping and crossing the MeKong Delta in the dead of night with snipers nearby, was very moving. What a marvelous job the author did to vividly explain her family trials to make it to America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Kenney | 1/2/2014

    " Searing portrait of a girl's love for her grandmother with much information of the hair raising escape from Laos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayna | 12/29/2013

    " I bought this at a local book fair and it is just so, so good. I really didn't know anything about Hmong people and this taught me not only about them, but about the immigrant experience in general. I think this is an important story for people to read, especially in today's political climate. It sheds a light into what goes on behind closed doors in a working, immigrant household in a way that I never thought about before. I like the authors clear, straight to the point style - I felt like I was listening to her talk. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 12/26/2013

    " This beautifully written book tells the story of a Hmong family's escape from Laos, their time in a refugee camp in Thailand, and their challenging adjustment to life in America. The author makes you FEEL and experience the sights, sounds, desperation and love of the Yang family. The Latehomecomer really helped me understand the challenges immigrant families face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rach | 12/6/2013

    " Halfway through this book I decided that it should be required reading for any non-Hmong person who lives in the Twin Cities/western Wisconsin or in California's central valley--any place where the large numbers of Hmong families have resettled. I later found out it is required reading this year for the incoming class at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. I learned a lot about the incredible struggles faced by the Hmong during and after the Secret War in Laos. The writer's voice is clear and lyrical. She is able to capture her experience as a child, born in a refugee camp, whose parents and grandparent underwent immense suffering while trying to find safety and stability for their children. She also beautifully conveys her childhood experience in the Thai refugee camps and her family's resettlement in St Paul, Minnesota--how necessary her family bonds were for their survival and, as many immigrants know, how incredibly hard they worked to provide for their families. I couldn't put this book down and highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Dobbe | 11/29/2013

    " Beautiful and heartwrenching story. I was lucky enough to meet Kao Kalia Yang and listen to her speak twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 10/18/2013

    " A very sweet memoir laced with the author's Hmong view of spirituality and family. This was one of the first books that my mom and I both read and enjoyed. I'd love to read more of her work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/31/2013

    " This book reminded my how fortunate most of us are, and how much I take for granted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 5/9/2013

    " Not the "coming to america" thread one might expect. Harsh, unsentimental, a poetry nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josiah | 2/12/2013

    " I haven't cried reading a book in a while. Quite an emotional ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amayz | 10/12/2012

    " You will be moved by this narrative. A story of courage and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Vruno | 10/2/2012

    " I would recommend this book to be read by everyone. It shows the trials a family took to survive in a war torn homeland, how they made their passage to America and the struggles they lived through to become American. The strength and love in this family is what made them survivors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jone | 9/15/2012

    " So well written and so informative about the Hmong struggle to get to America and forward. Truly inspiring and unforgettable!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dioscita | 5/30/2012

    " Interesting, informative, engaging, and very easy to read. The vivid images and Yang's ability to put me in that Lao jungle with her parents is remarkable. This is a definite delight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonell | 5/16/2012

    " Wonderful book both for those familiar with the Hmong culture and for those who aren't. Poetically written, and an apt description of the journey a first generation immigrant makes in a new country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/25/2012

    " Great book about the Hmong people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 3/30/2012

    " A more personal, insider's story of growing up Hmong in America. RIYL The Spirit Catches You. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susannydahl | 6/12/2011

    " I had the good fortune to hear the author read......it's far more lyrical live "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/12/2011

    " This is a great read. The story of a hmong family's time in refugee camps and making a life for themselves in Minneapolis. Wonderful story, very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/6/2011

    " An important window for me into a world that is right here in the Twin Cities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/3/2011

    " I totally recommend this book--I love the way she wrote it! It brought be to tears many times, and I feel more connected to the Hmong experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/25/2011

    " read it for a history class and it was very interesting. though not a book id read for fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 4/19/2011

    " This was an incredibly moving memoir. It's probably one of the best memoirs I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/9/2011

    " This was a really fascinating and moving memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannette | 3/5/2011

    " The author tells her personal story of becoming a refugee in a touching, yet strong voice. A wonderful book of how connections to family and the past couple with incredible strength can create new lives.
    Wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 3/4/2011

    " Interesting story from a Hmong perspective of her journey to America and adjusting to life here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 3/3/2011

    " I really loved this from local standpoint (her family was one of many who settled in Minnesota), cultural standpoint, as a memoir that tells of the background and hardships of so many of the Hmong.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunys | 2/22/2011

    " Easy reading memoir of author's life as Hmong refugee to Minnesota. Got a bit long, for me, in dealing with Grandmother's death and funeral, but probably reflects Hmong funeral traditions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/10/2011

    " This is a REAL example of family values. The love, loyalty, support and sacrifice for each other is what made this family successful. It's a great example for all of us, irregardless of whether we've had to endure the hardships of war and displacement. "

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