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Fresh Off the Boat Audiobook

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

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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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    Armando 08-08-16
    Armando 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book had me on the edge of tears the first couple chapters!"

    Loved the realness of Eddie's book can definitely relate the childhood stories with getting disciplined by an immigrant father who happened to be an alcoholic... Great inspirational book for real tho also motivates me to take a trip to NY from Cali just to try the Bous; Love the beef noodle soup recipe too oh and I learned the proper use of the semi colon aswell. Great Job

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    Joseph Lawrence 08-05-16
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    "Fresh Read!"

    Loved this book! Listened to it with my 3 teenage kids in the car. Gave them a glimpse into Asian and Asian American life and culture, the hip hop culture their mom her up in, food culture, and just a cool coming of age story.

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    Tiffany 07-13-16
    Tiffany 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Eddie Huang you're my hero"

    I love the story and perspective. It was the realist shit I've read in a long time! This book relates to the youth and what is happening today in 2016 with how white people view people of color. Black, Asian, Hispanic... That "face" is never good enough. I'm a big fan and can't wait for my Japanese FOB mom and Black dad to read this book! ❤️❤️❤️

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    James 07-05-16
    James 07-05-16
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    "You're ignorant and a racist."
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    Good narration, interesting story. He's a Hypocrite. He likes all of things from his Chinese culture, but not America's culture but he thinks the world should be without borders. Where do you think the differences come from, maintaining separate countries. Who's culture would you like to take precedent when the borders are gone? He is an racist. He wrote that he doesn't like being called "chink" but it's ok for him to refer to white people as "cracker" and "red necks". And you don't earn respect by becoming a lawyer, you're a joke. You want respect you earn it. You don't know how to earn it, look it up on the web. Stop crying how bad you had it, you're a complainer. Less drug use and removing the chip on your shoulder may have helped, possibly that's "The Face" that cost you the sportscaster job. Maybe your indignant, chip on your shoulder, the world owes me something face. Not that you're Chinese.

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    Daniel Arreola 06-27-16
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    "Amazing and inspirational"

    As an Asian person roughly the same age, I identified with some of the struggles and expectations. Eddie dares to question things and presents a different perspective inspired by his experiences. I'm recommending this book to everyone.

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    James 06-26-16
    James 06-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    ""Fresh" definitely describes this book!!!"

    I loved and identified with a lot of his viewpoints and how he delivered them!
    Peace!

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    hong c pham 06-24-16
    hong c pham 06-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Language"

    It was a really good concept but too much use of profanity . His adventures and philosophy on life was interesting

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    David 06-16-16
    David 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "EDDIE HUANG FANS DELIGHT"

    title says it all... how he came up and trail blazed his success. Generation X success

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    Matthew headland, AL, United States 06-15-16
    Matthew headland, AL, United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure awesomeness..."

    Loved everything about it. I wish I had known sooner. Inspiring :) here are some more words to make it over 20. Peace :p

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    maurine hew 05-15-16
    maurine hew 05-15-16 Member Since 2002
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    "author's narration enhanced the story greatly"

    I usually cringe when I see "narrated by the author" but this is one of the few books where the author narration made it more enjoyable

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