Search Results: "Diane Wei Liang"


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PAPER BUTTERFLY by Diane Wei Liang
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"Fusing a strong sense of place with concern for issues that span the globe, Liang makes Mei Wang's Beijing at once exotic and familiar."
Beijing's only female private eye follows the trail of a missing pop singer through the hutongs of downscale Dashanzi. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2009

"Simple prose creates powerful imagery as the author examines how political oppression has shaped China and the lives of its people."
Novelist Liang (Paper Butterfly, 2009, etc.) recounts the events of the 1989 massacre at Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Read full book review >

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THE EYE OF JADE by Diane Wei Liang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Liang (Lake with No Name, 2004) kicks off her new series by putting the private-eye plot on a back burner to focus on social, family and feminist issues. Not your typical mystery, but written with subtle intelligence and heart."
A young woman in contemporary Beijing struggles to succeed as a private detective while dealing with family problems. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Decorated by a glamorous roster of friends and acquaintances (from Andy Warhol to Queen Elizabeth II), this biography is direct and unpretentious, but essentially insubstantial—much like the wrap dress. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Build a better dress and they will come: this is the theme of this celebrity autobiography by designer/jet setter Von Furstenberg. Read full book review >

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THREE KINGDOMS by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Still, a sprawling, brawling and, with an effort, immersive epic. (Graphic classic. 11-14)"
An alliance of warlords forms and collapses in this graphic adaptation—the first of 20 volumes—of a renowned 700-year-old Chinese historical novel. Read full book review >

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DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN WEI by Marion Hess Pomeranc
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Pomeranc keeps the tone light-hearted and reassuring, showing only the sunny side of coming to America—and missing some of the details found in Maggie Rugg Herold's A Very Important Day (1995). (Picture book. 4-10)"
Wei Fong and his parents have immigrated to America from China, and they're about to become citizens. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF GIANTS AND LITTLE PEOPLE by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a thoughtfully organized book, suitable for almost any folklore collection. (Folklore. 5-10)"
Like her previous efforts in this vein (Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories and Songs, 1992, etc.), Goode offers a diverse, accessible, and well-rounded collection of stories about people big and small, interspersing old favorites (``The Elves and the Shoemaker,'' ``Teeny Tiny,'' etc.) with more unusual gems: the West Indian ``Anansi and the Plantains,'' the Japanese ``Three Strong Women,'' and the wryly feminist ``Managing Molly.'' The book opens with a wise introduction and closes with Nancy Willard's ``Magic Story for Falling Asleep''just the right note. Read full book review >

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DIANE GOODE'S BOOK OF SILLY STORIES AND SONGS by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A perfect gift book that will also find many library uses. (Folklore. 4-10)"
Another attractive, well-planned volume in the style of The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (1989). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Difficult, often painful reading, but an unforgettable portrait of a man of sublime courage. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With the Chinese prison system, as Liu Qing's preface notes, an ``iron curtain behind the iron curtain,'' the publication of letters written from prison by one of the most celebrated and courageous human-rights activists in China is indeed unprecedented. Read full book review >

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Blue Ink by David Liang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A promising compilation from a new talent."
A fantastic collection of sci-fi/fantasy flash fiction. Read full book review >

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Self-Love by Wei Chen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2016

"An uneven self-help book that still offers a solid starting point for those trying to discover why romantic happiness eludes them."
Meditations on the true nature of love. Read full book review >