Books by Joseph J. Ellis

FIRST FAMILY by Joseph J. Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2010

"An impeccable account of the politics, civics and devotion behind the Adams marriage."
The Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author presents a vivid and insightful portrait of John and Abigail Adams. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Sharply conceived and smoothly executed—a worthy addition to Ellis's already well-advanced project of lucidly explaining the nation's early history to his countrymen."
Pulitzer-winner Ellis (History/Mt. Holyoke Coll.; His Excellency: George Washington, 2004, etc.) tells six stories, each revealing the genius and the shortcomings of the Founders. Read full book review >
A FREE LIFE by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A book that has obviously been labored over, yet still feels inchoate and unfocused."
A Chinese immigrant family's experience of 1990s America is treated at epic length in this heartfelt new novel from the NBA-winning author of Waiting (1999). Read full book review >
THE CRAZED by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2002

"Not one of Ha Jin's better efforts. Still, readers who've admired his later fiction won't want to miss it."
A vigil at the bedside of a beloved teacher and mentor challenges, then changes the course of, a young graduate student's life: the deeply felt "new" novel by Chinese-born American author Ha Jin (Waiting , 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BRIDEGROOM by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"Marvelous fiction. Ha Jin's work is getting better and better."
The cultural and economic consequences of capitalism vs. communism are dramatized in unforgettably human terms in this brilliant third collection of 12 stories (Under the Red Flag, 1997, etc.) by the Chinese-American author (Waiting, a 1999 National Book Award winner). Read full book review >
IN THE POND by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

A first novel by the Chinese dissident and poet whose previous stories (Under the Red Flag, 1997, etc.) have already entitled to him fair comparisons with Solzhenitsyn. Read full book review >

UNDER THE RED FLAG by Joseph J. Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

A peek behind the Bamboo Curtain, where Chinese poet Ha Jin, winner of the latest Flannery O'Connor Award, works out the conflicts between tradition and constraint that animate his second collection (after Ocean of Words, 1996). Ha Jin, who writes in English, is a Chinese veteran of the People's Liberation Army and, although he doesn't address political dissidence directly in his work, the 12 stories here all contain that undercurrent of cynicism in the face of authority that's common to military (as well as Communist) societies. Read full book review >