Search Results: "Chao Peng"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EXPULSION OF SUN WU KONG by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"However they are read, they're terrific adventure stories for anyone willing to climb out from beneath the bed. (character guide, synopsis, thematic essay) (Graphic classic. 8-16)"
The Monkey King comics need to be read as a series. This assertion will surprise anyone who starts with Volume 7, as the story couldn't be more self-contained: The Monkey King fights monsters and wins. Read full book review >

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BIRTH OF THE STONE MONKEY by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"There may be children in the world who don't wish they were monkeys. This book will change their minds. (character guide, synopsis, thematic essay) (Graphic classic. 8-16)"
All monkeys are beautiful. Not everyone knows this, but the dynamic, textured artwork in this book will convince them. Read full book review >

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FIXER CHAO by Han Ong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"There's a little of J.P. Donleavy's Ginger Man in Ong's William, but Fixer Chao is nevertheless an original and perversely entertaining creation: a luminous picaresque with a distinctive mixture of farce and savagery."
A complex and troubling portrayal of alienation develops surely from this lively and often very funny first novel by a MacArthur-winning playwright and actor. Read full book review >

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MONKEY KING by Patricia Chao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Moving, lively, relentless, and deeply sad: an uncommonly accomplished debut."
A skilled first novel that chronicles a young Chinese-American woman's breakdown and recovery, and her concurrent exploration of her family's murky emotional landscape. Read full book review >

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LIFE UNDER MAO ZEDONG'S RULE by Da-Peng Zhang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2013

"A somewhat long but highly readable and historically valuable memoir of China."
In this lengthy memoir, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur and investor recounts his life in China under the totalitarian Communist regime of Mao Zedong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"A broad, worthy compendium of business tips to help succeed in China."
Chao, a Chinese-American who's worked and consulted in China for years, offers commonsense tips and offbeat takes on doing business in the world's most populous country. Read full book review >

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MAMBO PELIGROSO by Patricia Chao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2005

"Still, an entertaining, sometimes intoxicating read. Like the passionate dancers she portrays, Chao writes with heart and soul. Somehow, that feels like enough."
Chao's double-faceted second novel (after Monkey King, 1997) combines the ethnic flavor of sweaty downtown New York dance clubs with a Miami-based plot against Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Read full book review >

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RED FIRE by Wei Yang Chao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2017

"A deeply satisfying book that recalls the horrors of Mao's rule."
A debut memoir centers on a teenager grappling with the dictates of the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR BA by Paul Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Especially suitable for older children and studies of immigrant life and culture. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An unusual immigrant story offers a fascinating glimpse into an unfamiliar art form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 30, 2012

"An affecting portrait of a culture as it comes to terms with class struggles and major economic change for some."
While recovering from a near fatal disease, Zhang (Strategies for Investment in the Stock Market, 2007, etc). penned this hefty but fast-paced tale of a young businessman's life during the economic reform policies of Deng Xiaoping. Read full book review >

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YEAR OF THE BOOK by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"A gentle, affectionate take on familiar middle-grade issues and the joys of reading. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In what promises to be a reading year, 10-year-old Anna Wang finds real-life friends as well. Read full book review >