Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Chinese-American writer Anchee Min has written several historical fiction novels and two memoirs, including the international best-seller “Red Azalea,” a text that follows her time growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Her second memoir, “The Crooked Seed: A Memoir” (Simon & Schuster), picks up on her story of immigration to America, where she became immersed in the American Dream without the language, money or clear direction -- aside from her plan to work hard and study art in Chicago – needed to achieve it. Though Min left the labor camps and her deprived life in China with high hopes, “The Cooked Seed” reveals the significant challenges, physical and emotional, that she faced in America. This memoir recalls Min’s powerful journey to selfhood and the positive formations of a successful career and a loving family that she eventually built through her strength and perseverance.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Anchee Min