Search Results: "Gish Jen"


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THE LOVE WIFE by Gish Jen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2004

"Well wrought and admirably tough-minded, though readers charmed by Jen's earlier, easier work (Mona in the Promised Land, 1996, etc.) may find this one more of a challenge."
Psychologically and politically astute tale of American multicultural family life. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL AT THE BAGGAGE CLAIM by Gish Jen
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"While Jen's findings are undoubtedly intriguing, she is not fully convincing in her portrayal of the modest, hardworking flexi-self and the big pit self 'with high self-esteem and a lack of stick-to-it-ness.'"
A Chinese-American novelist and essayist investigates how culture shapes identity. Read full book review >

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WORLD AND TOWN by Gish Jen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

In Jen's latest (The Love Wife, 2004, etc.) a retired teacher—the daughter of an American missionary who abandoned organized Christianity and a Chinese father descended from Confucius—struggles to put her life back together after the deaths of her husband and best friend. Read full book review >

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MONA IN THE PROMISED LAND by Gish Jen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1996

"In tracing the (guardedly triumphant) struggles of one young woman to be herself, borrowing from a variety of traditions without being constrained by any of them, Jen gives us an affecting story- -precise, often very funny—and a wonderfully idiosyncratic heroine."
``American means being whatever you want,'' the intensely bright and high-spirited protagonist of Jen's second novel (after Typical American, 1991) declares to her mother early in the narrative, and this droll, moving work presents an unsparing analysis of the allure and tolls of that freedom. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN GISH by Charles Affron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Too detailed for casual Hollywood buffs, but a solid addition to any serious film history collection."
An anti-hagiography that seeks, while remaining respectful of its screen-legend subject, to rescue the "real" Lillian Gish from the myths perpetuated by her authorized biographers and her own public self-presentation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"Likely to appeal only to Christian readers."
A mother's searching memoir about how she and her family found their faith tested in the aftermath of a devastating car crash. Read full book review >

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THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN by Lloyd Alexander
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Recounting the adventures of the son of an imaginary Chinese emperor, a master storyteller once again weaves a compelling tale. Read full book review >

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LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Quirky and bighearted."
A millennial's account of how she went from being the girl all her female friends wanted at their weddings to a professional bridesmaid. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015

"For Clueless obsessives—and perhaps Jane Austen fans."
The legacy of the 1995 movie described as "a Rodeo Drive version of Jane Austen's Emma."Read full book review >

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SIDE EFFECTS by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Though it has no redeeming literary value, it may still be popular with fans of the Side Effects series, the first 40-minute 'season' of which has close to 3 million views. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The novelization of a digital series on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel features musical numbers translated into prose. Read full book review >