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In November 1978, Ben Lin sold the restaurant he had elevated from obscurity to fame. He then explored his joy of cooking by starting a one-man catering business that provided a service for clients from different institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania and the Curtis Institute of Music. These accomplishments are just some of the challenges Ben overcame during an adventurous, eventful, and undeniably vibrant journey. My Nine Lives: An Exuberant Adventure details Ben Lin's experience of China's internal strife and other memorable events from his birth in 1933 until he migrated to the US. His other pursuits in the US included journalism, acting, entrepreneurship, teaching, becoming a soldier, exploring music as a concert pianist, automating wonton soup production, skiing, and more.
Ben's ability to look back at his life and arrive at some profound conclusions is an exemplary display of self-awareness. I didn't know one person could do so many diverse things during a lifetime. Ben has inspired me not to let age or any other factor discourage me from starting a new career or enrolling at an educational institution. My Nine Lives is also amusing. Ben Lin's great sense of humor and his hilarious jokes will have you laughing throughout. There are no boring moments as the book's colorful stories are long enough to engage you without losing your attention. Ben puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and his seriously intriguing, inspiring, and introspective memoir is a testament to this. Prepare to be wowed beyond your expectations!