The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781101502730
Available:
Release: 2006-09-21
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0143038095
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughter's memories and feelings.

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781407072852
Available:
Release: 2008-12-26
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

‘The Joy Luck Club is an ambitious saga that’s impossible to read without wanting to call your Mum’ Stylist Discover Amy Tan’s moving and poignant tale of immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters' futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers' advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives - until their own inner crises reveal how much they've unknowingly inherited of their mothers' pasts.

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780143038092
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughter's memories and feelings.

Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club
Author: John Henriksen,Amy Tan
Pages: 57
ISBN: 1586638580
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Spark Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From English classes to book clubs, Amy Tan's bestseller The Joy Luck Club has become a staple of contemporary American fiction. Its heartrending and powerful stories speak volumes about the trials both of the immigrant experience in America and of mother-daughter relationships in any family. The Companion takes you inside this favorite: What are the Joy Luck Club daughters expected to do with the stories their mothers tell them? How autobiographical is Tan's novel? Which daughter did she base on herself? What role does the past play in the lives of immigrants and their children?

The Moon Lady

The Moon Lady
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0241132797
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Release: 1992-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Nai-nai tells her granddaughters the story of her outing, as a seven-year-old girl in China, to see the Moon Lady and be granted a secret wish. Suggested level: primary.

My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf
Author: Thessaly La Force
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780316225007
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Release: 2012-11-13
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The books that we choose to keep -- let alone read -- can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In My Ideal Bookshelf, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. Contributors include Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters, James Patterson, Maira Kalman, Judd Apatow, Chuck Klosterman, Miranda July, Alex Ross, Nancy Pearl, David Chang, Patti Smith, Jennifer Egan, and Dave Eggers, among many others. With colorful and endearingly hand-rendered images of book spines by Jane Mount, and first-person commentary from all the contributors, this is a perfect gift for avid readers, writers, and all who have known the influence of a great book.

The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club   Amy Tan
Author: Harold Bloom,Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Pages: 233
ISBN: 9781438113968
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Release: 2009-01-01
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature. -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism. -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club
Author: Anonim
Pages: 59
ISBN: 9780822223061
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Release: 2009
Editor: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

CONVICTS is a juicy slice of Lone Star gothic, wherein the fourteen-year-old Horace is discovered working as an assistant to a grizzled old cane plantation owner who oversees a labor force of black prisoners. The basis for a 1991 film starring Robert Duv You'd think a play consisting almost entirely of two-person conversations in the same restaurant booth would quickly become tedious. Yet in KNICKERBOCKER, playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman [manages] to make this potentially static setup alive with biting

Where the Past Begins

Where the Past Begins
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 357
ISBN: 0007585551
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Release: 2017
Editor: Fourth Estate
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gathers together evidence of all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia - the real reason behind an IQ test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother - and, for the first time publicly, she writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen.

Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club
Author: Harold Bloom
Pages: 145
ISBN: 9781604135749
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Release: 2009
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An overview of the novel features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.

The Kitchen God s Wife

The Kitchen God s Wife
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781101007150
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Release: 2006-09-21
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With the same narrative skills and evocative powers that made her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, a national bestseller, Tan now tells the story of Winnie Louie, an aging Chinese woman unfolding a life's worth of secrets to her suspicious, Americanized daughter.

Selected from the Joy Luck Club

Selected from the Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 61
ISBN: 092963151X
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Release: 1992
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughters' memories and feelings.

A Reader s Guide to Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club

A Reader s Guide to Amy Tan s The Joy Luck Club
Author: Pamela Loos
Pages: 112
ISBN: 0766028321
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Release: 2008
Editor: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"An introduction to Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club for high school students, which includes relevant biographical background on the author, explanations of various literary devices and techniques, and literary criticism for the novice reader"--Provided by publisher.

The Bonesetter s Daughter

The Bonesetter s Daughter
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781101202951
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Release: 2001-02-19
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A mother and daughter find what they share in their bones in this compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. Ruth Young and her widowed mother have always had a difficult relationship. But when she discovers writings that vividly describe her mother’s tumultuous life growing up in China, Ruth discovers a side of LuLing that she never knew existed. Transported to a backwoods village known as Immortal Heart, Ruth learns of secrets passed along by a mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; of a cave where dragon bones are mined; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World; and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal. Within the calligraphied pages awaits the truth about a mother's heart, secrets she cannot tell her daughter, yet hopes she will never forget... Conjuring the pain of broken dreams and the power of myths, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.

Mother

Mother
Author: Claudia O'Keefe
Pages: 349
ISBN: 9780671529987
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Release: 1996-05-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An anthology of poems includes selections written by such writers as Mary Higgins Clark, Amy Tan, and Faye Kellerman

The Index of Self Destructive Acts

The Index of Self Destructive Acts
Author: Christopher Beha
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781947793927
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Release: 2020-05-05
Editor: Tin House Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A significant novel, beautifully crafted and deeply felt. Beha creates a high bonfire of our era's vanities. . . .This is a novel to savor.”- Colum McCann Through baseball, finance, media, and religion, Beha traces the passing of the torch from the old establishment to the new meritocracy, exploring how each generation’s failure helped land us where we are today. What makes a life, Sam Waxworth sometimes wondered—self or circumstance? On the day Sam Waxworth arrives in New York to write for the Interviewer, a street-corner preacher declares that the world is coming to an end. A data journalist and recent media celebrity—he correctly forecast every outcome of the 2008 election—Sam knows a few things about predicting the future. But when projection meets reality, life gets complicated. His first assignment for the Interviewer is a profile of disgraced political columnist Frank Doyle, known to Sam for the sentimental works of baseball lore that first sparked his love of the game. When Sam meets Frank at Citi Field for the Mets’ home opener, he finds himself unexpectedly ushered into Doyle’s crumbling family empire. Kit, the matriarch, lost her investment bank to the financial crisis; Eddie, their son, hasn’t been the same since his second combat tour in Iraq; Eddie’s best friend from childhood, the fantastically successful hedge funder Justin Price, is starting to see cracks in his spotless public image. And then there’s Frank’s daughter, Margo, with whom Sam becomes involved—just as his wife, Lucy, arrives from Wisconsin. While their lives seem inextricable, none of them know how close they are to losing everything, including each other. Sweeping in scope yet meticulous in its construction, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts is a remarkable family portrait and a masterful evocation of New York City and its institutions. Over the course of a single baseball season, Christopher Beha traces the passing of the torch from the old establishment to the new meritocracy, exploring how each generation’s failure helped land us where we are today. Whether or not the world is ending, Beha’s characters are all headed to apocalypses of their own making.

The Hundred Secret Senses

The Hundred Secret Senses
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781101202944
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Release: 1995-10-17
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Hundred Secret Senses is an exultant novel about China and America, love and loyalty, the identities we invent and the true selves we discover along the way. Olivia Laguni is half-Chinese, but typically American in her uneasiness with her patchwork family. And no one in Olivia's family is more embarrassing to her than her half-sister, Kwan Li. For Kwan speaks mangled English, is cheerfully deaf to Olivia's sarcasm, and sees the dead with her "yin eyes." Even as Olivia details the particulars of her decades-long grudge against her sister (who, among other things, is a source of infuriatingly good advice), Kwan Li is telling her own story, one that sweeps us into the splendor, squalor, and violence of Manchu China. And out of the friction between her narrators, Amy Tan creates a work that illuminates both the present and the past sweetly, sadly, hilariously, with searing and vivid prose. "Truly magical...unforgettable...this novel...shimmer[s] with meaning."--San Diego Tribune "The Hundred Secret Senses doesn't simply return to a world but burrows more deeply into it, following new trails to fresh revelations."--Newsweek

The Opposite of Fate

The Opposite of Fate
Author: Amy Tan
Pages: 398
ISBN: 0399150749
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Release: 2003
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author reflects on her family's Chinese American legacy, her experiences as a writer, her survival of natural disasters, and her struggle to manage three family members afflicted with brain disease.

Beautiful Things

Beautiful Things
Author: Hunter Biden
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781982151119
Available:
Release: 2021-04-06
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” Hunter Biden writes in this deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival. When he was two years old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister. In 2015, he suffered the devastating loss of his beloved big brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of forty-six. These hardships were compounded by the collapse of his marriage and a years-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction. In Beautiful Things, Hunter recounts his descent into substance abuse and his tortuous path to sobriety. The story ends with where Hunter is today—a sober married man with a new baby, finally able to appreciate the beautiful things in life.