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The Woo-woo

How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family
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comment from hmartn
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Dec 16, 2020hmartn rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A great memoir about growing up with a mom with mental health issues (which are explained to be demons through their Chinese cultural lens). The humour is DARK, but it’s there, making the book enjoyable. Without it, you would just be…
Jul 14, 2020Mich321 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Coming from an Asian heritage background myself I enjoyed the humor of the book. I can relate to the Asian reference humor. Found it an interesting read through out, how it touches on mental health and the stigma that exists in different…
comment from macika
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Jul 13, 2020macika rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I really found this book interesting . She dares to talk about hidden issues in a culture and things people are not even aware that it is happening right here in Canada. I found it was worth the time to read it. And the courage of the…
Dec 15, 2019Hadley rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
There's an old saw in Canadian publishing that you can sell any book that has "hockey" in the title. There can't be any other reason why someone would publish this book, other than its few pages on sadistic minor league hockey. As…
Oct 13, 2019theflinks rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was an interesting read. It was sometimes difficult to absorb, but I had to keep going. I needed to find out how she got to the beginning, in the end. The interesting names for the family members were a Dickensian throwback, and…
Oct 13, 2019theflinks rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was an interesting read. It was sometimes difficult to absorb, but I had to keep going. I needed to find out how she got to the beginning, in the end. The interesting names for the family members were a Dickensian throwback, and…
Aug 21, 2019Joycechidiadi rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
The author expressed how her immigrant Chinese family viewed mental health with ghost lenses. A little bit difficult for me to finish. I preferred the other Canada reads 2019 stories "Brother, Homes and..."
Jul 30, 2019JessicaGma rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
It's dark and almost unrealistic, and yet....It's a gritty memoir from Vancouver and I can totally see why it made Canada Reads 2019. It is darkly funny, but also quite sad. Definitely worth picking up.
Jun 10, 2019pmustard rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
would have been an interesting short story or magazine article; but fails as a full length book. It is just endlessly repetitive and rather tiring to get through. Once you understand the total dysfunction and mental illness problems of…
Apr 21, 2019ritarufus rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
It was ok. Got repetitious. if I'd had another book to read I might have quit. Canada Reads 2019
Mar 13, 2019
Another contender for the 2019 Canada Reads event. The author comes from a Chinese immigrant family and uses dark humour in her creative approach to discussing the mental health issues in her family.
comment from nwhite1
Library Staff
Jan 11, 2019
The theme of Canada Reads for 2019 is One Book To Move You. When the longlist was announced I was thrilled to see The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong on it. This darkly funny memoir about family, culture and mental health moved me and is worthy of…
Nov 08, 2018
From Vancouver - a memoir of growing up in an immigrant Chinese family.