Lucky Child by Loung Ung
A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (P.S.)

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After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind. In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture while struggling to overcome dogged memories of violence and the deep scars of war. In alternating chapters, she gives voice to Chou, the beloved older sister whose life in war-torn Cambodia so easily could have been hers. Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstance in times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Child is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the salvaging strength of family bonds.


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An author, lecturer and activist, Loung Ung has advocated for equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide for more than fifteen years. Her memoir First They Killed My Father became a national bestseller and was the recipient of the 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarians' Association award for "Excellence in Adult Non-fiction Literature" (APALA). Her second book, Lucky Child, was published to critical acclaim. Ung has been the subject of numerous television programs and documentary films and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, London Sunday Times, Biography, Glamour, Jane, and Ms. magazines and has made appearances on The Diane Rehm Show, Talk of the Nation, Weekend Edition, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, Nightline and other news outlets. Ung lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Mark Priemer.
Published April 1, 2006 by Harper Perennial. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Activist Ung's memoir of life after Pol Pot, a worthy sequel to First They Killed My Daughter (2004).

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