I am heavily, deeply, seriously prejudiced.
My prejudice is that I love just about anything that has to do with Việt Nam, but sometimes you run into something that is above the rest – and something others can share.
My friend and former teaching colleague Duong Lam Anh contributed to a new book. Lam Anh is an exceptional writer. Though his native tongue is Vietnamese, he writes in English and Vietnamese. Take a look at his blog and read many of his insights into his own culture. (I link to his blog - look to the left.)
I would have loved the book even if Lam Anh were the only contributor I knew, but I also found pieces by my friend James Sullivan. James, his wife Thuy, and their two children live in Huê six months a year and we were honored to be invited to their home on occasion. Jim's book "Over the Moat: Love Among the Ruins of Imperial Vietnam" is also a must-read Another contributor is Steve Jackson who authored the blog “Our Man in Hanoi” when I lived in Huê. Steve and I swapped many an email. Another contributor is Dana Sachs, author of "House on Dream Street". Finally, there is even a piece about my very good friend Mr. Cu. Michael Burr describes Cu’s talent – and the Mandarin Café.
Pick it up at Amazon – you want this book: "To Vietnam With Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur."