Search Results: "Euny Hong"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A pleasing mix of Margaret Cho, Sarah Vowell and a pinch of Cory Doctorow."
A funny, iconoclastic Korean-American journalist and author turns her skewering lens on her own culture. Read full book review >

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KEPT by Y. Euny Hong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Not for nothing does Hong begin the book with a quote from Thackeray; this is Vanity Fair's close cousin."
Judith Lee, Ivy League daughter of a distinguished Korean family, is ready to start her life. Read full book review >

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THE SERENITY OF WHITENESS by Zhu Hong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1992

"A moving, if relentless, document of Chinese women's lives."
From contemporary Chinese women writers: a powerful but uneven collection of stories unified by unsubtle displeasure with the conditions of women in China. Read full book review >

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THE MAGPIE BRIDGE by Liu Hong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Despite flashes of insight and precision, for the most part Tie's stories are contrived and self-consciously exotic, while Mei's odyssey is strangely lifeless. Together they don't add up to a whole."
First published in Great Britain, where Hong has lived since 1989, this schematic US debut twines the story of a young woman's life in contemporary England with the history of her ancestors in China. Read full book review >

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SUMMER OF BETRAYAL by Hong Ying
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"But the novel is clogged with highly charged melodramatic language (as translated), and the tedious amorality and apostrophizing of the bohemian culture Lin Ying moves through can make you feel as if you're reading Jack Kerouac's The Subterraneans in Chinese."
Summer Of Betrayal ($21.00; Jun. 1997; 208 pp.; 0-374-27175-5): First published in Taiwan in 1992, this impassioned novel describes the emotional life of a young woman poet in the wake of the 1989 massacre of dissident students in Tiananmen Square. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF THE RIVER by Hong Ying
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"A major writer emerges here, combining flawlessly the often broken dreams of youth and the usually broken dream of politics. (Author tour)"
A memoir of growing up amid poverty in contemporary urban China—at once lyrical and brutal. Read full book review >

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Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A well-researched and capably written depiction of the Rape of Nanjing and its effects on victims and survivors."
American and Chinese academics face the horrors of invasion in the early days of World War II. Read full book review >

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CHINA MEN by Maxine Hong Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 1980

"But, self-conscious lapses aside, this remains in sum—like Warrior Woman—exemplary history in the personal, investigatory mode."
What began with The Warrior Woman—Chinese immigrant women—is now continued with the focus on the China Men who left China for the Gold Mountain; and all of Kingston's different impulses—curatorial, reconstructive, celebratory, quizzical—are again brought into play. Read full book review >

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HOW THE OX STAR FELL FROM HEAVEN by Lily Toy Hong
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"(Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
In this Chinese tale, the oxen live a luxurious life in Heaven until one ox is sent by the Emperor of All the Heavens with a generous decree for the hungry, hard-working people on earth: henceforth, they shall eat ``at least once every three days!'' The ox gets it backwards, and is punished by being sent back to earth—where his labors help make his ``blunder'' become ``a blessing.'' Hong's boldly stylized illustrations nicely suit her text's folkloric tone. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE FAIRY TALE by Han Yujoo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Elements of the narrative loop and repeat, not always successfully, but at its best and most ambitious, this is a novel about language and stories and the power of the written word."
Korean short story writer Yujoo's debut novel paints a brutal picture of childhood within a metafictional frame. Read full book review >

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LITTLE EAGLE by Chen Jiang Hong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Fans of Emily Arnold McCully's Beautiful Warrior (1998) may be mildly appreciative. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The creator of The Magic Horse of Han Gan (2006) offers another set of big, dramatic illustrations done in a classical Chinese style—but this time in service to a poorly written (or poorly translated) story. Read full book review >