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Npr Top Books of 2020

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October 13, 2020
A Mother, Daughter And The Shadow Of Vietnam

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22 new books debuting in September 2020 to add to your reading list

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Good Morning America

Sep 08, 2020
22 new books debuting in September 2020 to add to your reading list

"In alternating narrative chapters between mother and daughter, two women write about their past and families in this literary memoir. Lan, the mother, came to the U.S. as a 13-year-old refugee. Harlan, the daughter, struggles to make friends and come into her own. The two women narrate their intense struggles as they each form their own identities."

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“...the way that this book is able to interpose the mother and the daughter throughout allows the story to evolve for the reader. We get to see their lives and their relationship through the lens of how everything they have experienced has impacted them. This is a touching and beautifully crafted read.” 
The Nerdy Girl Express

"Family in Six Tones is a powerful book that made me cry, made me smile and opened my eyes.”
Working Mommy Journal

"What makes this memoir especially compelling is the way these two separate but linked perspectives illuminate silences or gaps in the stories each woman tells. For example, Cao’s probing but emotionally restrained narrative focuses on the facts of her remarkable life . . . As it celebrates the mother-daughter bond, this book reveals the added complexities that bring together refugee mothers and their American children while also maintaining a certain unbridgeable distance . . . An eloquent and affecting multigenerational memoir.“
Kirkus Reviews 

"Lan Cao knows how to write. She has published two fiction books previously and is one smart cookie. She has clearly passed these traits down onto her daughter as well...I am impressed and shocked by her daughter’s honesty and introspection into her mother’s experience and her own reactions to it. I think Harlan will be going far and we will be hearing from her again."
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The Tom Sumner Program
Aug 21
Interview with Lan Cao & Harlan Margaret Van Cao
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How Do You Write Podcast
Aug 21
Lan and Harlan Margaret Van Cao on Co-Writing their Mother-Daughter Memoir
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Wise Women Podcast
Aug 31
Lan Cao and Harlan Van Cao speak about their upcoming memoir “Family in Six Tones”
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The Backpack Show

Chris Brogan on The Backpack Show, speaking about Family in Six Tones by authors Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao.

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Reading Ladies Book Club Review

"I’m definitely recommending Family in Six Tones for readers who might work with or know refugees, for those who are interested in reading more about the Vietnam War from a refugee’s perspective, and for fans of thought-provoking memoir. It is an honest, heartfelt, detailed, and ambitious read.” —Reading Ladies Book Club


Talk Nerdy Book Blog Review

“The dual narrative makes Family in Six Tones so unique and elevates the storytelling. What results is a gripping memoir that allows the reader to understand the lasting impact of what it means to be a refugee.” —Talk Nerdy Book Blog


Book Loons Review

“I found this memoir to be absorbing.” —Book Loons

English Plus Language Review

"Family in Six Tones is prefaced with a line from T. S. Eliot, “Do I dare disturb the universe?” Lan Cao’s portion of this autobiography will disturb the universe of many Americans who lived through the sixties and seventies. Harlan’s portion may disturb contemporary readers. What a story they both have.” -- English Plus Language

Books by Women

Guest post by Lan Cao, author of Family in Six Tones, a Refugee Mother, an American Daughter is a multigenerational memoir co-written by acclaimed Vietnamese-American novelist, lawyer and professor Lan Cao and her daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao.

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Authors Answer

Q&A with Lan Cao and Harlan Van Cao on their new book Family in Six Tones

Lan Cao is the author of Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm, and most recently of the scholarly work Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change. 

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Cindy Reads & Writes

Family in Six Tones by Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao - Spotlight and Giveaway 

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Book Riot

Book Riot - Podcast featuring new non-fiction books: Family in Six Tones

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The Book Decoder

Excerpt of Family in Six Tones by Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao. 

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Storeybook Reviews

Excerpt – Family in Six Tones by Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao #memoir #nonfiction #newrelease

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Happiness Series

Interview with Authors Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao

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Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Q&A with Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van Cao about their new novel Family in Six Tones.

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The Archive

Giveaway: Enter to Win 4 Books That Cast a Mirror Upon History and Ourselves

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What Is That Book About - Excerpt

Spotlight: Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, an American Daughter

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Reflecting History Podcast Interview

The Refugee Experience and Finding Equilibrium with Lan Cao and Harlan Van Cao. 

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Literature Lust

"[Family in Six Tones is] a searing, painful, honest examination of the relationship between mother and daughter, the impact of culture and trauma, the Vietnamese immigrant experience, and the universal, ever-present quest to discover our true identity."
Literature Lust