Minecraft Adventures B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | August 28, 2015

    Sara Jaffe: IMG Summer Friction

    I was crying or almost crying for most of Fun Home: The Musical — I already loved Alison Bechdel's graphic novel, and I've always been a... Continue »
    1. $10.47 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list


      Sara Jaffe 9781941040133

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $15.99
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
3 Hawthorne World History- Southeast Asia

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.)


First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.) Cover

ISBN13: 9780060856267
ISBN10: 0060856262
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 3 left in stock at $7.50!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.


"In Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt says nothing can compare with 'the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.' Loung Ung might disagree. Born to a middle-class Phnom Penh household, Ung suffered Cambodia's darkest years—the Khmer Rouge rule of 1975 to 1979, which left more than 1.5 million dead from starvation, disease, forced labor, and political execution. It is a genocide forgotten by many Americans, but Ung's first-person present-tense account resurrects this human tragedy. In 240 pages, Ung creates a vivid narrative about her family's survival, and as her title indicates, its losses. Ung's writing is clean and direct, the events painted in lucid, if sometimes horrifying detail. The little girl who comes to America at the end of this book is one we feel we know, a girl who has told us her story—an awful piece of history we'll never forget." Reviewed by Chris Gavaler, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)


From a childhood survivor of the brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of tragedy and spiritual triumph. 8-page photo insert.

About the Author

Loung Ung is a national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. She is the author of Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind, and she lives with her husband in Ohio.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

Chris Blaker, November 27, 2014 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
I would have been much happier if this book had not passed itself off as entirely non-fiction, I think labeling it as novel based partly on her experiences would have been much more truthful. Describing herself as "middle class" seems misleading, considering the fact she says her family owns three cars, and they are eating their fill at restaurants right before the fall of Phnom Penh. Based on the dates she gives it would have been impossible for her family to have visited Angkor Wat when she said she did. In general, parts of the book felt contrived, like she was doing a checklist of everything that happened during the Cambodian genocide. All it needed was a scene of a man being murdered just for wearing glasses and you would have had it all. I'm not saying she wasn't there and that some of it didn't happen, but I am saying that there was a good amount of fiction mixed to her telling. With that said, after all the historical reading I've done on that time period, it was interesting to get a first hand account of the genocide and revolution there.
This commenter would recommend When Broken Glass floats if one is interested in a first-hand account of the Cambodian genocide.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
swikstick, April 2, 2008 (view all comments by swikstick)
Excellent book! So real...as if you were there. Informative of the horrors people can do, and how lucky you are. Touching and emotional.
A Must Read!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(14 of 24 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

Ung, Loung
Harper Perennial
by Loung Ung
Chao, Patricia
Social conditions
Political atrocities
Childhood Memoir
General Biography
Political atrocities -- Cambodia.
Cambodia - Politics and government - 1975-
General Fiction
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
7.82x5.38x.68 in. .48 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. London Calling (06 Edition)
    Used Hardcover $9.00
  2. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
    Used Hardcover $10.00
  3. Virgin or Vamp New Trade Paper $50.25
  4. Eagle Strike (Alex Rider Adventures) Used Trade Paper $1.95
  5. Just Listen
    Used Hardcover $3.50
  6. Freedom's Daughters: A Juneteenth Story Used Hardcover $15.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
Biography » Political
Biography » Women
Featured Titles » General
History and Social Science » Asia » Cambodia
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » Southeast Asia

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.50 In Stock
Product details 288 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060856267 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From a childhood survivor of the brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of tragedy and spiritual triumph. 8-page photo insert.

  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.