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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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    "authentic"

    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
    Riley Taigum, Australia 02-06-13
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    "Coming to America 2.0"
    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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    "ill."

    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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    "Talks TOO Quickly"
    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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    Mr. 73 02-17-15
    Mr. 73 02-17-15

    I like Biographies about people from the back pages. Not much on Political Bios -- all the same to me with a few exceptions.

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    "Not like TV Show"

    Foul and vulgar. You hate Eddie after 2nd chapter. He is not a rootable character.

    Sarcastic about everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kim brookline, MA, United States 02-17-15
    kim brookline, MA, United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2013

    I love to be read to!

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    "Pass on this one!"
    Would you try another book from Eddie Huang and/or Eddie Huang?

    No. He has maybe an interesting story but no writing ability. Also his narration is awful. On and on with an agressive tone.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Forget it. Don't bother


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I wasted my money on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Pass.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    fatchman 02-14-15
    fatchman 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "just awesome"

    This was probably one of the best books i've listened to in a long time. Being an asian american myself was very easy to relate to the stories found myself falling in the same category a lot of times with some of the situations he found himself in. great story with a very inspirational message..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krcbdavis 02-13-15
    Krcbdavis 02-13-15 Member Since 2014

    I love audible, because honestly I don't have the time or the attention span to sit and read! I love true crime, and romantic comedies most

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    "Hilarious!!"

    I listened to this because the show came out this week! It is hilarious, and enlightening as well. It's amazing what he went through and then became! What a great story.

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    Travis 02-12-15
    Travis 02-12-15
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    "Inspiring"

    The realist a book can get. Everything written from the mans childhood til his success. Just a beautiful work of art. Eddie Huang, an inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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