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12. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is an intriguing memoir –– or collection of memoirs –– I first read in college. The story follows Kingston's experiences growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California, interweaving the events of her life –– and those of her family –– into an ethereal mix of Chinese mythology and folklore that ultimately make the fascinating coming-of-age tale larger than life.