Search Results: "Chang Ta-Chun"


BOOK REVIEW

WILD KIDS by Chang Ta-Chun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The latter has been compared to Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, but it's actually much closer in spirit, if not in artistry, to James T. Farrell's grimly fatalistic Studs Lonigan."
Translator Berry's informative introduction to these "Two Novels About Growing Up" emphasizes their popular Taiwanese author's multiple celebrity, both as radio and TV personality and as creator of the best-selling trilogy that contains them. Read full book review >

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Alice Chang by Robert Gilberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A fast-paced technology tale with enough international intrigue and luxurious details to rival a James Bond adventure.
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In this debut thriller, an engineer investigates a plane crash only to discover a global conspiracy to hack digital satellite television systems that may involve a woman from his past. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2013

"An engaging story of one woman's cancer fight."
A funny, honest memoir of breast cancer. Read full book review >

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CHANG AND ENG by Darin Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2000

"Admirably researched, continuously absorbing, and very moving indeed."
An imposingly original first novel that focuses on unique historical figures: the eponymous Siamese twin brothers (1811-74) who endured opprobrium and despair, became international celebrities, married two American sisters, and fathered 21 children between them. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A disquieting reminder of the old maxim, 'The dead can't answer back.'"
An attempt to explain a friend's baffling suicide. Read full book review >

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CHANG AND THE BAMBOO FLUTE by Elizabeth Starr Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2002

In a simply told sequel to Bird Boy (1999), young Chang, born mute, finds a way to help his family after flood-borne wreckage damages their houseboat. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"For a similar audience as Ji-Li Jiang's Red Scarf Girl (1997), readers will find Chun Yu's autobiographical story a completely different reading experience, and will appreciate this debut of a vivid and lyrical voice. (Fiction. 10-adult)"
Born the year that the Cultural Revolution started, Little Green bore witness through her entire childhood to this terrible time in China's history. Read full book review >

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WHEN STRANGE GODS CALL by Pam Chun
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Melodramatic and corny, but, nonetheless, a good family epic enlivened with a nice locale and a stiff dose of history."
Another Hawaiian family saga from Chun (The Monkey Dragon, 2002), this about a young woman who returns to Honolulu after 12 years on the mainland and slowly begins to make peace with her past. Read full book review >

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THE MONEY DRAGON by Pam Chun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Sometimes disjointed and rambling, but nevertheless a kind of exotic Dallas: lurid, two-dimensional, fast-paced—and utterly addictive."
Chun's debut—part novel, part biography—tells the life of her great-grandfather, a legendary Chinese merchant who moved to Hawaii in 1876 and became one of the islands' richest men. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"A rare, lyrical family memoir that rises above banal domesticity."
The author's account of growing up with a former Black Panther for a father in a disintegrating corner of Baltimore. Read full book review >

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CELIA’S ROBOT by Margaret Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"A bit of mystery plus solidly believable, complex friend-family relationships and a smart girl who's fearless about technology make for an appealing light read. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Celia's cellist (Caucasian) mom and inventor (Chinese-American) dad are loving, busy parents whose work and travel mean less time for hand-holding over school and home routines. Read full book review >

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JIN JIN AND RAIN WIZARD by Grace Chang
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Jin Jin's fans will be best served by this heartfelt effort. (author's notes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The expression "waste not, want not" receives an earnest explication in Jin Jin's second outing (Jin Jin the Dragon, 2007). Read full book review >