The 10 books you need to read this spring: Listen to the Squawking Chicken


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Elaine Lui -- known to many as Lainey Lui, the celebrity gossip extraordinaire behind the site Lainey Gossip -- has produced a laugh-out-loud, surprisingly sentimental, self-proclaimed "sort-of memoir" that is a loving ode to Lui's loud, no-nonsense and always-right mother. Lui's upbringing was unconventional, but the message in Listen to the Squawking Chicken is universal. Read this book -- then tell your mom you love her.


Lainey Lui shares her Best Story Ever with George Stroumboulopoulos:

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An excerpt from Listen to the Squawking Chicken:

You look like dried monkey flakes.

That's what my ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, tells me when she thinks I look like shit on television. Monkeys are skinny. A poorly moisturized monkey is not only skinny but brittle. No one wants to look like dried monkey flakes. Most people think I'm exaggerating at first when I talk about the Squawking Chicken. But once they actually do spend some time with her, they understand. They get it. Right away. She's Chinese, she squawks like a chicken, she is totally nuts, and I am totally dependent on her. If she says I look like dried monkey flakes, even if everyone else things I'm camera-ready, I believe that I look like dried monkey flakes.


Reprinted from Listen to the Squawking Chicken Copyright (c) 2014 by Elaine Lui. Published by Random House Canada a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

The CBC Books Spring 2014 reading list: