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Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir | [Eddie Huang]

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.
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Publisher's Summary

"Long before I met him, I was a fan of his writing, and his merciless wit. He’s bigger than food." (Anthony Bourdain)

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own.

Eddie grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, raised by a wild family of FOB ("fresh off the boat") hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, Eddie burned his way through American culture, defying every "model minority" stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the all-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food - from making Southern ribs with the Haitian cooks in his dad’s restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother’s kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion renegade, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved - past and present, family, and food - into his own restaurant, bringing together a legacy stretching back to China and the shards of global culture he’d melded into his own identity.

Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century. It’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.

©2013 Eddie Huang (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Mercilessly funny and provocative, Fresh Off the Boat is also a serious piece of work - and an important one. Eddie Huang is hunting nothing less than Big Game here - a question, a conversation, an argument: Who are we? If somebody’s going to put a thumb in your eye, it should probably be Eddie Huang. He does everything with style." (Anthony Bourdain)

"Brash, leading-edge, and unapologetically hip, Huang reconfigures the popular foodie memoir into something worthwhile and very memorable." (Publishers Weekly)

"Eddie Huang has a delightfully funny and down-to-earth narration style that captures the cultural nuances, mannerisms, and speech patterns of a diverse range of characters.... [H]is affable persona, expressive reading, occasional chuckles, and intentional digressions from the book to directly address audio listeners make his story and performance compelling and charming." (AudioFile)

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    Great story about Eddie Huang's path to adulthood. Lot's of interesting twists and turns in this dudes life. While I was pleased that Eddie narrated the book, he could do a little better on speaking speed and elocution....all in an effort to raise my ability fully understand what he was saying.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Riley Taigum, Australia 02-06-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Fresh Off the Boat the most enjoyable?

    hilarious and fresh take on a memoir, albeit maybe a bit premature in his career. Huang is eloquent and very entertaining.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    timothy United States 02-01-13
    timothy United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OUTSTANDING!"

    I expected this to be good, and it's better than expected. I'm only on chapter 7 and it's fckin' outstanding. I had to stop listening on the bus today to keep from laughing all by myself like an asshole. This guy delivers every time, on Vice and in the book. If you're 20 - 30ish and from any type of beat down background you'll get it instantly. The performance is great too, you just might have to be from the right segment of the population to get it. He is writing for a generation that thinks and speaks quickly. I'm from Oklahoma and I understand him just fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Martin Ithaca, NY United States 02-14-13
    Sarah Martin Ithaca, NY United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    Audible requires fifteen words to post this. These are they. Read this book. For real.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jack ATHOL, MA, United States 01-30-13
    Jack ATHOL, MA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    What disappointed you about Fresh Off the Boat?

    Great Story, if you can feel his stylish hip, cool language, i.e., my f((ing crib, i guess it's mad good this...or sick that...or ailing this. Run DMC.

    We can live with the hip hop cool language because it fits his story in a very genuine, honest Asian American experience.

    My only real issue is the delivery. In Eddie's passion, he speeds his delivery so much so that delivery is mumbled phraseology. Young adults will love this book. I didn't because I don't want to struggle listening to the story.

    Will not buy another book unless this is fixed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eddie


    How could the performance have been better?

    Slower Delivery


    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Philadelphia 03-03-15
    Constance Philadelphia 03-03-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it!"

    Great book, awesome performance. Loved the story. Led me to the show which isn't too bad either. Keep up the good work Eddie!

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    Dave 03-03-15
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    "Great book read by the author"

    Been a fan of Eddie for awhile now. Funny memoir of growing up in an immigrant family. I am close to his age and the hip hop and culture references are all familiar if you are a kid of the 90s.

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    Kathryn 03-02-15
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    "Best read of 2015!"

    Love the story and what it represents. Can relate so much as a 1st gen. Mexican-American and thankful for Eddie writing this book. Language used was relatable and hearing Eddie's voice was inspiring! Favorite book in a long time!! Wish I could thank him in person :-) ...hoping for book #2!!

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    DeWinter Sweden 03-02-15
    DeWinter Sweden 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dope as hell!"

    One off the best books I ever read about race and culture in America.
    Love the food and music references and this is one off the few books I truly relate too.
    Eddie whong is hands down in my top 5 recommendations off a good read.

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    Chris Albrecht 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This joint had mad flavor!"

    Yo that shit was dope. Moral of the story is, stay on the grind, always be yourself and hustle hustle hustle. #powerful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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