Search Results: "Chang Ta-Chun"


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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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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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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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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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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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Released: July 3, 2014

"A rare find: a cool-headed assessment of American education that's both nonpartisan and multicultural."
An analysis of the differences between the educational systems in the United States and South Korea. Read full book review >

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OVER THE SHOULDER by Leonard Chang
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2001

"A smoking Korean-American Presumed Innocent presented almost entirely in breakneck dialogue, with occasional pauses for scene changes and gunfire."
Jettisoning the literary pretensions that blunted his powerful Dispatches from the Cold (1998), Chang unfurls a thriller that's content to grab you by the neck and shake hard. Read full book review >

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YEAR OF THE DOG by Henry Chang
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"As in Jack's debut (Chinatown Beat, 2006), Chinatown is the hero here. Better say antihero, because while the picture is vivid and often compelling, it's anything but pretty."
Detective Jack Yu finds that you can go home again but may not want to. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 17, 1997

"Chang fails because she rushes to simplify complex events and to universalize what happened at the expense of a careful, comprehensive appreciation of a world violently destroyed. (photos, not seen) (First serial to Newsweek)"
Billing itself as the first English-language history devoted to the Japanese Army's 1937 massacre in China's capital, this slight account will by no means be the last word. Read full book review >

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UNDERKILL by Leonard Chang
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 2003

"A gripping story laced with action, though moody Allen's determination to see everything that's happened to Linda's family as an echo of his own life keeps it from the breakneck pace of his scorching debut."
Now that he's flushed every last skeleton from his family's closet (Over the Shoulder, 2001), Allen Choice is ready to start on his girlfriend Linda Maldonado's. Read full book review >

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A SEPARATE BATTLE by Ina Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 1991

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In the ``Young Readers' History of the Civil War'' series, a survey of women's many roles, vividly illuminated with dozens of personal stories of both the famous and the obscure. Read full book review >