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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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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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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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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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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A SAVAGE WAR by Williamson Murray
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A book that will make even readers with a strong knowledge of the war think about how it was fought and why it ended as it did. A winner for Civil War history buffs."
A genuinely fresh, persuasive perspective on the Civil War. 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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BUCK'S TOOTH by Diane  Kredensor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lots of sight words, full-color cartoon illustrations, easy-to-read speech bubbles, humor, and lots of likable characters add up to a surefire hit for new readers. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Buck is a beaver with just one front tooth—but it's a big one! Read full book review >

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LAST ONE IN IS A ROTTEN EGG! by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"DeGroat's artwork and story have a benign, empathetic cast to them, so the moral eases into the proceedings without becoming heavy handed. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Having been the principal in ten heartening, gently didactic books from deGroat, Gilbert is a familiar face by now: He's the one who looks like Albert Einstein, had Einstein been a young opossum. Read full book review >

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BRAND-NEW PENCILS, BRAND-NEW BOOKS by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"DeGroat's watercolors—with their easygoing charm —evolve from expectant to relaxed as the kids find what first-graders have always found: School rarely meets their dire predictions, and even kids like Lewis have their time-honored place. (Picture book. 4-7)"
DeGroat ably threads her way through some well-trod ground: the first day of school. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA by Diane Goode
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"It's all perfectly fetching and not quite superfluous. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-8)"
The year's umpteenth new version of Cinderella features an all-canine cast of diverse breeds, and just as the female lead towers over her diminutive prince, this stands head, shoulders, and brisket above William Wegman's oppressively mannered rendition (1993). Read full book review >

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ROSES ARE PINK, YOUR FEET REALLY STINK by Diane DeGroat
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"DeGroat pens a sympathetic look at the small hurts in life and the importance of second chances. (Picture book. 5+)"
The annual classroom exchange of valentines is the backdrop for this engaging story about retaliation. Read full book review >