The Woo Woo

The Woo Woo

How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family

Book - 2018
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"In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when they should really be on anti-psychotic meds. Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo" -- Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; when she was six, Lindsay and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food court, and on a camping trip, in an effort to rid her daughter of demons, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire. The eccentricities take a dark turn, however, and when Lindsay starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself, she wonders whether she will suffer the same fate as her family. At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself."--
Publisher: Vancouver :, Arsenal Pulp Press,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781551527369
Characteristics: 315 pages ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Woo-woo


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Jun 10, 2019

would have been an interesting short story or magazine article; but fails as a full length book.
It is just endlessly repetitive and rather tiring to get through. Once you understand the total dysfunction and mental illness problems of this extended family, the author seems to need to beat the reader to death with repeated examples, then more examples, and then more ... right to the end, when nothing much happens. It just seems to end when the author must have finally realized that just adding more examples of the same crazy behaviour really was beyond tedious.

Apr 23, 2019

Finished it & wondered why. Little in the way of humour or insight. Surely "Canada Reads" could do better.

Apr 21, 2019

It was ok. Got repetitious. if I'd had another book to read I might have quit. Canada Reads 2019

BPLpicks Mar 13, 2019

Another contender for the 2019 Canada Reads event. The author comes from a Chinese immigrant family and uses dark humour in her creative approach to discussing the mental health issues in her family.

nwhite1 Jan 11, 2019

The theme of Canada Reads for 2019 is One Book To Move You. When the longlist was announced I was thrilled to see The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong on it. This darkly funny memoir about family, culture and mental health moved me and is worthy of a wider discussion. If The Woo-Woo makes it into the top 5 contenders, Elaine Lui (a.k.a Lainey Gossip) would be the perfect champion for the debates.

debwalker Nov 08, 2018

From Vancouver - a memoir of growing up in an immigrant Chinese family.

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