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#ReadingWrite: American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang.

We're doing something called the #ReadingWrite challenge at work. As per the head of strategy's email: Training shouldn’t be all PowerPoint and Power Poses.  Training can be you and a good book.  Send me your request and we will buy you a book.  It can be on anything you want.  Fiction. Non-fiction. Pulp fiction.  In exchange I would like you write a 100 word synopsis and perhaps swap with another strat.  Instead of going for the new Romanov history I've been furtively consuming at every bookshop visit, I decided to embrace a growth mindset and went for a graphic novel called  American Born Chinese . I deliberately chose a graphic novel because I tend to be a snob about what constitutes "real" literature. I ended up reading it three times: once for the story (quickly, on the train home), the second time to also savour the images, and then again to reabsorb. The illustrations are gorgeous; they evoke East Asian woodcuts but also Herge, and manage to be stylized (an