Jun 11, 2009 — Kao Kalia Yang's memoir is both a family chronicle and a history of the Hmong people.
Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.
Aug 15, 2008 — For two years, the author lived in a Laotian hospital, in an apartment above the operating room. His experiences there inspired characters — including a country coroner — for the books he would later write.
Jan 19, 2005 — NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks with author Colin Cotterill about his new novel The Coroner's Lunch. Cotterill says the book's setting, the People's Republic of Laos during the country's transition to a communist regime in the mid-1970s, inspired the unique cultural experiences and viewpoint of its hero, an aging doctor thrust into the middle of a murder mystery.