Critique: "The Un-Death of Me: Life of an Asian American Woman" by Alicia Su Lozeron is the life account and journey of an immigrant American woman. In "The Un-Death of Me" biographer [sic] Abbey Lori brings a fresh breath of air to this fascinating and consistently compelling account [of] Avery Mingli Liang's inherently dramatic life. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "The Un-Death of Me" is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Contemporary Biography Collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Un-Death of Me" is also available in a paperback edition (9780998194103, $20.99) and in a Kindle format ($9.99).
The Un-death of Me delivers exquisite accounts of cultural conflicts and inspirational perspectives on human interactions. This book is an excellent source of stimulation for men, women, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons--for anyone concerned with humanity and global interests. As a lover of diverse cultures and travels, I find Alicia Su Lozeron’s narrative entertaining and at the same time, thought-provoking. I love the mentalities of “seeing the big picture” and “multiple frames of reference,” and advocate more readers and reviews for this significant, heartening debut.
Michelle Young, NY, NY
The Un-death of Me conveys a brilliant meandering literary narration of an Asian American woman immigrant grappling with subtle emotions when associating with the world: her home country, adopted country, locales she travels to, and people she encounters, far and near, distant or close. In her quest for love and meaning, her story is deftly infused with effervescent intricacies, striking social insights, and profound empathy and compassion. Alicia Su Lozeron has created a masterful and resounding narrative that shapes our confounding yet precious world.
vjkt, LV, NV
Alicia Su Lozeron's debut book is compelling and heart-warming in the way the narrative ambles to unfold the protagonist's life that inspires courage and perseverance. I admire her "can do" spirit and applaud her well-rounded outlook on life. I can't imagine myself traveling afar and having to endure the kind of challenges she faces. Her story provides a window to our diverse society, and forges spacious unlimited dimensions for all to observe our beautiful and abundant world.
Fred Williamson, LA, CA
A fictional world full of contemporary and global resonance: alienation, individuality, self-doubt, self-discovery, complexities of love and marriage, quests of fulfillment and happiness, (in)justice, cultural diversity, discrimination, and mankind as a whole…. Its subtle yet intense emotions detailed in the many characters and locales, render a visionary sense of humanity, gratifying and unforgettable in their own rights.
While Ayaan Hirsi Ali (the Somali-born Dutch-American activist, author, and former Dutch politician) attracts wide attention and perhaps induces negative criticism to Islamic cultural limitations in her autobiography Infidel: My Life -- Alicia Su Lozeron's account of an Asian American immigrant woman in The Un-death of Me brings about celebrations on cultural differences as well as similarities. It embraces mankind and human endeavors, proposing balanced mindsets very much needed in today's polarized societies.
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This “fictional narrative” describes a woman’s journey to self-discovery and fulfillment. Alicia Su Lozeron depicts how Avery, the book’s lead character, has come up against and overcome prejudice and insecurity. In doing so, she has portrayed the immigrant experience – granted, the experience of an immigrant who is educated and talented – in a fresh light. I especially enjoyed the chapters on Avery’s many travels, filled with vivid and descriptive observations. This is a heartwarming and optimistic look at how an Asian woman in the United States can - with perseverance and determination, creativity and open-mindedness – reach her goals.
RAL Tiger: Great book well worth the read! Very interesting!
I read the book as a personal exercise to become more Globally Competent. It was an interesting read. It contained a lot of global references and many exotic locations. You can tell the characters/author are well travelled. There was an interesting level of in-depth local and cultural knowledge in each trip by the couple. It really came across as a real life story and adventure. I liken it to the accuracies found in the Dan Brown books wrapped around a certain level of fiction. I recommend the book. It will open your eyes in many ways and you may just look at the people around differently and with a more open mind. Great book! I can't wait for the next one!
This book brings something unique and much needed in today's literature--the perspective of Asian-American women as seen by themselves and not the fantastical dreams of others. The book explores a myriad of themes--acceptance, beauty, cultural expectations of women, Asian women, and step-mothers, as well as traveling the world as a World Citizen. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the cultural persectives [sic] of others.
Beautifully written and it helps me appreciate people of various backgrounds, and expand knowledge about the world. Great read! I would highly recommend this book to anyone.