I just finished reading Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Pham.It is a fascinating, moving, enthralling read. The book was thought provoking on lots of different levels. Pham and his family arrived in the US from Vietnam in 1977 when he was 10. Catfish and Mandala is the story of his family and of his life both in Vietnam and as an American immigrant. It is also the story of his return to Vietnam and of his journey by bicycle through Vietnam. Although the book is about his travels it is much more an exploration of Pham’s Vietnamese American experience. It is really hard to describe this book because it delves into so much. But I couldn’t help feeling a connection to Pham even though so much of what he experienced is so alien to anything I have every experienced. Pham is an extraordinarily talented writer. I highly recommend the book.