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NOW AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON ABC • “Just may be the best new comedy of [the year] . . . based on restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name . . . [a] classic fresh-out-of-water comedy.”—People
“Bawdy and frequently hilarious . . . a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America . . . as much James Baldwin and Jay-Z as Amy Tan . . . rowdy [and] vital . . . It’s a book about fitting in by not fitting in at all.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times
Assimilating ain’t easy. Eddie Huang was raised by a wild family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) immigrants—his father a cocksure restaurateur with a dark past back in Taiwan, his mother a fierce protector and constant threat. Young Eddie tried his hand at everything mainstream America threw his way, from white Jesus to macaroni and cheese, but finally found his home as leader of a rainbow coalition of lost boys up to no good: skate punks, dealers, hip-hop junkies, and sneaker freaks. This is the story of a Chinese-American kid in a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac blazing his way through America’s deviant subcultures, trying to find himself, ten thousand miles from his legacy and anchored only by his conflicted love for his family and his passion for food. Funny, moving, and stylistically inventive, Fresh Off the Boat is more than a radical reimagining of the immigrant memoir—it’s the exhilarating story of every American outsider who finds his destiny in the margins.
Praise for Fresh Off the Boat
“Brash and funny . . . outrageous, courageous, moving, ironic and true.”New York Times Book Review
“Mercilessly funny and provocative, Fresh Off the Boat is also a serious piece of work. Eddie Huang is hunting nothing less than Big Game here. He does everything with style.”—Anthony Bourdain
“Uproariously funny . . . emotionally honest.”Chicago Tribune
“Huang is a fearless raconteur. [His] writing is at once hilarious and provocative; his incisive wit pulls through like a perfect plate of dan dan noodles.”Interview
“Although writing a memoir is an audacious act for a thirty-year-old, it is not nearly as audacious as some of the things Huang did and survived even earlier. . . . Whatever he ends up doing, you can be sure it won’t look or sound like anything that’s come before. A single, kinetic passage from Fresh Off the Boat . . . is all you need to get that straight.”—Bookforum

Biographies & Memoirs
January 29
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Darc.Marc ,


Definitely a great read. The show is hood also. Would be better if the corporations let Eddie have full creative control. We NEED more minorities telling our own stories.

JamieR61q ,

A Must-Read!

Vivid writing, moving stories, full of deep human truths. I actually like the audiobook better, because it's in Eddie's own voice. Please keep in mind that this is a memoir rich with pain and triumph, not a humor book. I can't understand why they chose to attempt to turn this moving book into a comedy. It might have made a good drama, if Huang had been given full creative control. As it is, as much as I recommend the book, I suggest avoiding the series, which leeches the authenticity out of Eddie Huang's unforgettable story.

DFonsecaBooks ,

Mind altering

Witty and relatable, it's amazing that a 32 year old puerto rican female raised in NY has so much in common with a Taiwanese raised in Orlando, only in America, I swear. Eddie is an amazing storyteller, he speaks his truth with grace. It's a page turner that made me laugh out loud and then cry, it's deeply raw and hilarious. I am glad that someone from my generation opened up and so eloquently described what it's like to encounter, process and then overcome stereotyping in America. Eddie rose above the BS while remaining true to his core and in doing so is giving others the strength to do the same. One of my favorite all time books is "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield and FOB is right up there in integrity and insight.

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