I’ve read Laineygossip for years and I’m a big fan of Elaine Lui. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Lainey just published her first book Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of). Lainey’s ma embodies her nickname “The Squawking Chicken” because she’s loud, annoying, bossy, and judgmental – an exaggerated version of many of our mothers. Listen to the Squawking Chicken imparts folksy Chinese mothering wisdom through amusing and (at times) serious familial storytelling – like the time the Squawking Chicken loudly confronted a home-wrecking whore on behalf of one of her betrayed mahjong friends. According to the Squawking Chicken leg jiggling is “low classy”? I concur. Also, eating the right feng shui fruit brings good fortune? Lainey eats papayas every single day and now she’s a Canadian TV star! That fancy fruit! We have much to learn from The Squawking Chicken. This book isn’t exactly what I thought it would be, but I still really enjoyed it. As much as the memoir focuses on the retelling of The Squawking Chicken’s useful life lessons, I found the few pages Lui wrote about her husband Jacek the most moving. Lainey’s lucky to have such a supporting, loving husband and true partner.