Anyone who's ever attempted to communicate in another language or has even just moved away from home knows how important cultural references suddenly become. Eva Hoffman may not know better than the rest of us how that feels, but her ability to express this frustration and loss is uniquely resonant. Lost in Translation follows the author's teenage experiences as a Polish immigrant in Vancouver. As she moves from her adopted town to New York as a writer, she wrestles with the things North Americans take for granted - but at the same time she's able to look incisively into their weaknesses and vanities. This exploration of language, culture and the outsider is a classic that will make you ache for the things you're missing from home.