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We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story
We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story | Simu Liu
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The star of Marvels first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tells his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role of a lifetime.
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Peaceful_Reader
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Simu‘s story is uplifting, heartbreaking, and told with an energy befitting the hyperactive star of Kim‘s Convenience and Shang-Chi! Excellent!

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rabbitprincess
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Simu Liu tells his story and that of his parents and grandparents with honesty, grace, and humour. The book is perfectly structured in three acts. Recommended even if you‘ve never seen Shang-Chi or Kim‘s Convenience.

kwmg40 Haven't seen Shang-Chi yet but I loved Kim's Convenience, as well as Simu Liu's short stint as a Martian in The Expanse! Looking forward to reading this book. 2mo
rabbitprincess @kwmg40 I loved Shang-Chi! Going to read the play of Kim‘s Convenience before watching the show. 2mo
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xicanti
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Thanks for the #Two4Tuesday tag, @QuietlyLaura !

1. It‘s a memoir and the cover features a photo of the author, so I‘m gonna say yes.

2. Nope. I picked it up because I‘m a big memoir reader in general and I had such an awesome experience with Elton John‘s autobiography that I‘m now more inclined to seek out memoirs by celebrities. (This was a good ‘un, though I wish he‘d said more about how he reconciled with his parents.)

QuietlyLaura Thanks for playing! ☺️ 2mo
BiblioLitten I absolutely loved Elton John‘s book. I still think about it sometimes. 2mo
xicanti @BiblioLitten it was my surprise hit last summer. I never expected to love it so much. 2mo
BiblioLitten Me neither since I haven‘t really listened to many of his songs or followed his career. I wanted to read Dolly Patron‘s book too. Have you read it? 2mo
xicanti @BiblioLitten not yet, but it‘s on my list! She seems like a really cool person, from what little I already know of her. 2mo
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xicanti
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And, out of nowhere, I‘m completely exhausted. Gonna try to perk myself up with a cappuccino and this awesome memoir. Simu Liu tells his story with a great sense of timing and plenty of empathy, even when things get really dark for his family. I normally dip in and out of nonfiction, but I‘m gonna read this one straight through.

(I‘m bummed he‘s embraced the American grade nicknames thing, though. Simu! You were doing so well!)

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BookishRedhead
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I was so excited to read this and Simu didn't disappoint!
Loved hearing not only his but his parents backstory and how he learnt the lessons of life.

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