Official Review: Standing Out by Angela Lee Chen

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Re: Official Review: Standing Out by Angela Lee Chen

Post by coffeeteal » 14 Jun 2019, 15:06

The review is compelling enough to make me want to read the memoir, though I've never been keen on reading memoirs. I can relate to the author through this review because I've always imagined myself writing a lot about my life experiences.

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Post by Momiji1987 » 14 Jun 2019, 15:07

This book sounds so fun and interesting. I think I would enjoy exploring the world with Ms. Chen via her book and getting her unique perspective on things.

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Post by Amina48 » 14 Jun 2019, 15:16

I love reading about other cultures. Standing Out sounds like a really great read. Angela's adventure travelling the world makes this book fun and interesting. Great review too. Very detailed and precise
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Post by tayw1226 » 14 Jun 2019, 15:22

Good review. I am not usually interested in memoirs but this one was perked my interest. I think her talking about the different cultures will shed some light on them. The family dynamic seems interesting. Thank you for the review.

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Post by Amanda Deck » 14 Jun 2019, 15:27

Answering where she's from sounds complicated! No wonder she gets frustrated with that question.
Many times, her dad surprised me how he did not communicate much about where or what the family was going to do next. They just had to be ready!
That happened in my house too when I was growing up. My brother and I learned to pack for hot and cold, desert, mountains, caves, and was usually a combination. But we never had to try to blend in and "act local", that sounds difficult.

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Post by Lindsey Klaus » 14 Jun 2019, 15:37

I can't imagine having to pick up and leave at a moment's notice, sometimes across continents! Then again, I'm a homebody, though there are a few places I'd love to visit at least once in this lifetime (China being one of them). This sounds like a lovely tale of finding and defining yourself, which is just as much of an adventure sometimes as traveling the world. Thanks for your review!

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Post by Elsereen » 14 Jun 2019, 15:47

All thanks to BOTD for bringing forward such book, but I am not interested Good luck!

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Post by Lasella22 » 14 Jun 2019, 15:55

Earlier in the day, I was browsing through the newspaper and came across this article about how instead of asking a person where he is from we should start asking a person which place he feels like a local. This review reminded me of that article. Being an expat myself, I’m intrigued to read this book about how the author dealt with being almost an expat her whol life. I recently started reading biographies and this review has definitely piqued my interest. Would love to read this book and get a glimpse into the authors life.

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Post by Mantha1 » 14 Jun 2019, 15:58

This sounds like a book I'm going to enjoy reading. Great job on the review.

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Post by Seamstress » 14 Jun 2019, 16:02

What a happy coincidence! I was just thinking that I would have liked to read memoir only to find you giving such stellar recommendation! Live story of family ties, travels and cross-cultural experiences. Seems like delightful book to me.

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Post by AntoineOMEGA » 14 Jun 2019, 16:04

While it sounds interesting, I never cared for first person novels but I might just give it a try.

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Post by Artizi » 14 Jun 2019, 16:10

This sounds like a beautiful memoir, and I love the fact that some anecdotes are light-hearted and sweet while others are sad and moving. It makes for a great balance. I think I'd very much so enjoy this book!
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Post by todwyer01 » 14 Jun 2019, 16:11

From a sampling, this seems like an interesting memoir about an author that has traveled the world with her family. Well done.

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Post by Wriley » 14 Jun 2019, 16:13

Great review with a nice description of Angela's story. From reading the sample, I was immediately pulled into the book. I've never thought about knowing what to do at weddings, births, and funerals in different cultures. I grew up and live in the rural south and there are not many different cultural communities. We have cities that are very international but not large groups of the same culture. I immediately know what to do at special occasions and take that for granted. This sounds like a book worth reading.
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Post by Anthony__ » 14 Jun 2019, 16:13

The fact that this book is about the author's memoirs and cross-cultural experiences makes it intriguing and educative. I will definitely read this book. Great review

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