Happy Birthday or Whatever by Annie Choi
Track Suits, Kim Chee, and Other Family Disasters

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Meet Annie Choi. She fears cable cars and refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow. Her brother thinks chicken is a vegetable. Her father occasionally starts fires at work. Her mother collects Jesus trading cards and wears plaid like it's a job. No matter how hard Annie and her family try to understand one another, they often come up hilariously short.

But in the midst of a family crisis, Annie comes to realize that the only way to survive one another is to stick together . . . as difficult as that might be. Annie Choi's Happy Birthday or Whatever is a sidesplitting, eye-opening, and transcendent tale of coping with an infuriating, demanding, but ultimately loving Korean family.

 

About Annie Choi

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Annie Choi is the author of Happy Birthday or Whatever. Her work has appeared in White Zinfandel, Urban Omnibus, and Pidgin Magazine, among others. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in writing from Columbia University. She loves animals that eat other animals and hates musicals. Choi was born and raised in Los Angeles but now lives in New York. Visit her website at AnnieTown.com.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Choi has strung together 13 essays about growing up in a tight-knit Korean-American family.

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Choi's volatile relationship with her domineering, chronically dissatisfied mother is at the heart of this memoir, a funny and often moving account of growing up in a family of Korean immigrants.

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Annie Choi's Happy Birthday or Whatever is a fresh, funny memoir that echoes the generation- and culture-clash anecdotes of fellow Korean American Margaret Cho — but with a gentler, PG-rated sensibility.

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