Listen to the Squawking Chicken

Listen to the Squawking Chicken

When Mother Knows Best, What's A Daughter to Do?

Book - 2014
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Penguin Putnam
I devoured this book in one sitting...alternately cheering, laughing, cringing, and gasping in horror. Lui captures the complexity of a mother-daughter relationship that is both complicated and beautiful. Poignant with a bare honesty that may make you think (and rethink) your own relationships.” Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Timesbestselling author ofLet’s Pretend This Never Happened
As the 800,000+ U.S. fans of Elaine Lui’s site know, her mother, aka The Squawking Chicken, is a huge factor in Elaine’s life. She pulls no punches, especially with her only child. Where’s my money?” she asks every time she sees Elaine. You’ll never be Miss Hong Kong,” she informed her daughter when she was a girl. Listen to the Squawking Chicken lays bare the playbook of unusual advice, warnings, and unwavering love that has guided Elaine throughout her life. Using the nine principles that her mother used to raise her, Elaine tells us the story of the Squawking Chicken’s lifein which she walked an unusual path to parent with tough love, humor, and, through it all, a mother’s unyielding devotion to her daughter. This is a love letter to mothers everywhere.



Random House, Inc.
“I devoured this book in one sitting...alternately cheering, laughing, cringing, and gasping in horror. Lui captures the complexity of a mother-daughter relationship that is both complicated and beautiful. Poignant with a bare honesty that may make you think (and rethink) your own relationships.” —Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times–bestselling author ofLet’s Pretend This Never Happened

As the 800,000+ U.S. fans of Elaine Lui’s site know, her mother, aka The Squawking Chicken, is a huge factor in Elaine’s life. She pulls no punches, especially with her only child. “Where’s my money?” she asks every time she sees Elaine. “You’ll never be Miss Hong Kong,” she informed her daughter when she was a girl. Listen to the Squawking Chicken lays bare the playbook of unusual advice, warnings, and unwavering love that has guided Elaine throughout her life. Using the nine principles that her mother used to raise her, Elaine tells us the story of the Squawking Chicken’s life—in which she walked an unusual path to parent with tough love, humor, and, through it all, a mother’s unyielding devotion to her daughter. This is a love letter to mothers everywhere.



Baker & Taylor
A first book by the writer behind the successful LaineyGossip.com blog shares nine parenting principles distilling the unconventional advice, warnings and messages of love imparted by her eccentric Chinese mother.

Baker
& Taylor

Shares nine parenting principles distilling the unconventional advice, warnings, and messages of love imparted by the author's eccentric Chinese mother.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399166792
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 LUI
Characteristics: 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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dlh1
Feb 14, 2017

I gained a much better appreciation for the subtle differences between the Caucasian/Asian cultures through reading this book. I grew up in Calgary and had a Chinese girlfriend. I always wondered why she couldn't join me (and other friends) after school. I knew that her parents insisted that she do homework (even though we weren't assigned any extra work). I also now have a much better understanding of Feng Shui and how it governs its believers' lives. It feels very similar to Karma. I enjoyed Lainey's storytelling abilities, and her complete honesty in sharing both the good and the bad parts of life. I find that, when I read a story that leaves out the bad, it doesn't feel real.

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nayoh
Jul 05, 2016

A very funny and well-written memoir about an all consuming mother/daughter bond. Although my upbringing was very different, I found the stories about Lainey's mother entertaining, moving and relatable. I also felt a great deal of affection for the woman, despite her shortcomings.

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maxmillan
Apr 14, 2015

Love the profanity! Asian girls are not all sweet quiet little dolls. Lui's colourful writing kept me engaged. I can appreciate Lui's mom as a lot of kids today are overly praised for the stupidest little achievements. This sets them up to become self-entitled and unable to cope with problems during their adult life. Lui's mom may be extreme but there are lots of little nuggets of wisdom from this street- wise firecracker.

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semarkuosn
Sep 29, 2014

Loved it!!! I want to buy it !

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jeanie123
May 28, 2014

Lainey Lui has written a tender and loving tribute to her mother that is also brutally honest and critical. The stark contrast between Lainey's upbringing and the over-praised special princesses we see around us is food for thought about how we are preparing young girls for their place in the world. Well done Ma and Lainey Lui!

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horselegs51
May 09, 2014

i worked for an oriental employer for many years and i can just see this happening in their family with their children etc.......a really good read and laughed out loud many many times!

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Jun 24, 2016

Her life as growing up with an asian mother

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