Lulu in the Sky by Loung Ung

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the arc of this story is more powerful than the words used to tell it. While serious, Ung's voice can brim with mischief.


Concluding the trilogy that started with the bestselling memoir First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung describes her college experience and her first steps into adulthood, revealing her struggle to reconcile with her past while moving forward towards happiness. After the violence of the Khmer Rouge and the difficult assimilation experience of a refugee, Loung’s daily struggle to keep darkness, anger, and depression at bay will finally find two unexpected allies: the empowering call of activism, and the redemptive power of love. Lulu in the Sky is the story of Loung’s journey to a Cambodian village to reconnect with her mother’s spirit; to a vocation that will literally allow her to heal the landscape of her birth; and to the transformative influence of a supportive marriage to a loving man.

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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 17, 2012 by Harper Perennial. 330 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Feb 29 2012

Ung's writing is clear-headed, honest and compelling; much of what she describes, from the brutalities she and her family endured to the ways it steered her adult life, is deeply affecting.

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Reviewed by Tricia Springstubb on Apr 15 2012

the arc of this story is more powerful than the words used to tell it. While serious, Ung's voice can brim with mischief.

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May 01 2012

Ung's story is one of survival in the face of terrible tragedy that makes for a compelling read.

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Reviewed by Harvee Lau on May 10 2012

Her memoir is very moving. The detail in her books and her extraordinary memory, her clear writing, makes this book and the first two a must

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Reviewed by Suzanne Dobbins on May 02 2012

Loung Ung has a gift for writing and story-telling. There is such a terrific sense of place in her writing, which is rich, warm and even humorous at times... Honest and forthright, Loung Ung’s memoir is an excellent look at one young woman’s journey

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