What are the best novels and memoirs related to Vietnam?

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    #1Inside Out and Back Again

    Inside Out and Back Again

    Inside Out and Back Again is an inspirational colorful memoir authored by Thanhha Lai. It was first published in February 2011. It is the debut novel of the author and won the Newbery Honor award and a National Book Award.

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    Ralph Sims
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Such a great book! It was a very interesting read and I learned a lot from reading it! Highly recommend it if you are into war books."
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    #2Catfish and Mandala

    Catfish and Mandala

    Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam is an autobiography by Andrew X. Pham about his bicycle ride from Mexico to Japan, and then to Vietnam. The book won a Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book award.

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    Patrick Black
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is fantastic book as it merges several genres into one. It is a memoir and a travelogue and even a cookbook at various points. The story is about one man's search for identity, and I found myself thinking about my own past and how it creates my present. A wide variety of people will get a lot out of this book. "
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    #3Such a Lovely Little War

    Such a Lovely Little War

    Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-1963 is a graphic memoir for young adults written and illustrated by French-Vietnamese Marcelino Truong.  It was originally released in French. This current version has the translation from David Homel.

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    Rodrigo Rocha
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This was really a beautiful book, both visually and with how it tells the story. It will definitely keep you reading if you have an interest in the history of the Vietnam war."
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    #4Stealing Buddha's Dinner

    Stealing Buddha's Dinner

    Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir is an autobiography by Bich Minh Nguyen. It was originally released in 2007. It is about the struggles of a Vietnamese teenager to fit into the American culture in Michigan.

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    Alice Ray
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's a good account of an immigrant's struggle to fit into American culture. On the other hand, she seems obsessed with food and I got sick of all the descriptions and writings about food. I began to think "Who cares?". Nonetheless, I guess there is a place for this book and it can help you understand a different perspective. There are lots of pop culture references which can be interesting."
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    #5Survivor Love Thy Enemy

    Survivor Love Thy Enemy

    Survivor Love Thy Enemy is an inspirational and coming-of-age novel for young adults written by James Dennison. It was published in July 2012. It is about the harsh realities of war and its effects on the other aspects of a young man's life.

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    Christine Ross
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Amazing book! sometimes a bit hard to 'get' but definitely worth reading."
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    #6What Doesn't Kill Us

    What Doesn't Kill Us

    What Doesn't Kill Us is a heart-breaking but inspirational memoir for young adults written by Brandy Lien Worrall. It was released on November 11, 2014. It is about a family's bout with PTSD and cancer.

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    Harry Long
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I liked the author's way of handling a very serious, even grim situation with grace and humor. The story is mostly upbeat, while being heartbreaking at the same time. It was an okay read. I would recommend it for anyone, including other men who might otherwise be afraid of stories with a strong female lead."
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    #7When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

    When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

    When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace is a nonfiction book written by Le Ly Hayslip and Jay Wurts. This memoir was originally published in 1989.

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    Juan Antonio Mercado
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a powerful book that details the horrors and major events of the Vietnam war. I felt like I was drowning in the story as I read this."
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    #8The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

    The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

    The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood is an inspiring memoir written by Kien Nguyen, one of the Amerasians who stayed in Vietnam after the fall of Saigon to the Viet Cong in April 1975. It is a real story of hope and survival.

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    Michael Gutierrez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I love this book. It is about the children who suffered during the Vietnam War. So heartbreaking, but a great read."
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    #9The Sorrow of War

    The Sorrow of War
    The Sorrow of War is a book by a former North Vietnamese soldier named Bao Ninh, who gave a controversial firsthand account of how the Vietnam War changed the lives of the people in the country forever.
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    Samuel Larson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Vietnam War is one of those historical timeframes that will forever be embeded in all of our minds. This book gives a firsthand account from a North Vietnamese soldier named Bao Ninh and tells of how the war changed the lives of the people of Vietnam forever. It is a must read and highly recommended."
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    #10Kiss the Boys Goodbye

    Kiss the Boys Goodbye

    Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWs in Vietnam is an investigative book written by Monika Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson. It was released in 1990.

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    Christian Perez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is an interesting account of a dark part of recent history. It gets pretty in-depth and seems pretty credible, although I have also read some conflicting arguments. I highly recommend it to those that are interested in the subject, and I also think a lot of people who wouldn't think they are interested could really get into it, and take something from it."

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Best What are the best novels and memoirs related to Vietnam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Inside Out and Back AgainBooks 38 Paid
2Catfish and MandalaBooks 34 Paid
3Such a Lovely Little WarBooks 31 Paid
4Stealing Buddha's DinnerBooks 28 Paid
5Survivor Love Thy EnemyBooks 27 Paid
6What Doesn't Kill UsBooks 22 Paid
7When Heaven and Earth Changed PlacesBooks 6 Paid
8The Unwanted: A Memoir of ChildhoodBooks 3 Paid
9The Sorrow of WarBooks 1 Paid
10Kiss the Boys GoodbyeBooks 0 Paid
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