BookView Review: My Nine Lives: An Exuberant Adventure by Ben Lin

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Publication Date: Sept 6, 2022

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

Genre: Memoir

List Price: $18.99 trade paperback

Page Count: 392

ISBN: 978-1-63988-423-0

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Lin, a senior analytical chemist, entrepreneur, restaurateur, actor, and author, narrates his life’s extraordinary journey in this absorbing, inspiring memoir. In crisp, clear prose, Lin details his career as an entrepreneur and shares how he commercialized America’s first packaged won ton soup, his journey as an actor, voice-over artist, journalist, pianist, and a celebrated restaurateur. He is painfully honest when it comes to delving into the rejections and failures he faced and the vulnerabilities that made him feel anxious and inferior, and his expert, intelligent writing style captures even his most embarrassing moments, including when he describes his ill-mannered encounter as a young private with a top-ranking Pentagon official: “Instead of behaving courteously and appreciatively I was very rude and startled him with a complaint: “I am a victim of injustice.” Obviously, a man of infinite grace and refinement, he didn’t seem to be offended by this brash, rebellious young private.” Drawing on his talent in public speaking, Lin delivers entertaining stories, keeping the readers invested.  Throughout, he weaves in insightful reflections about racism, immigrant experience, belonging, heritage, and identity. Lin has lived an extraordinary life, and his multifaceted life journey offers hope while inspiring readers.

This is remarkable account that captures the power of hard work, perseverance, and resilience.


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