Staff Picks: The Woo-woo

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

There is much sadness but also much humour and compassion in this book.

A memoir of growing up in a Hong Kong Chinese immigrant family in Coquitlam, challenged by multigenerational untreated mental illness.  The family doesn’t believe in conventional medicine.  Family members are deeply afraid of the “woo-woo” - Chinese ghosts who can be blamed for viruses, cancer, skin problems and more. There is much sadness but also much humour and compassion in this book.   I found it very compelling overall to hear how the author eventually finds her way in the world, away from the woo-woo. (Submitted by Kristen)

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