Search Results: "Gish Jen"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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GREGOR HENS
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The first line of Nicotine—Gregor Hens’ meditative exploration on his life as a cigarette smoker—is a stark admission. Over 20 years, Hens proclaims that he smoked more than 100,000 cigarettes. “I’ve even enjoyed a few of them,” he writes. Startling as that number may be, Hens realized upon further thinking that the number in the book is ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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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WINTER WHITE by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"This soapy melodrama comes off as a tiring chore instead of guilty pleasure reading. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The second book in the series begun by Belles (2012) doesn't improve upon its predecessor; in fact, it only cements the flaws in this limp take on Southern chick lit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Eloquent at times and a natural for the classroom, this is a good match with Ronald Kidd's Monkey Town (2006). (epilogue, author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 11+)"
In 1925, the leading citizens of Dayton, Tenn., created a media circus to revive the sagging economy of their small town. Read full book review >

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THE MARK by Jen Nadol
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

A compelling protagonist and a riveting premise search for a story, in a dark fantasy that reads like a Twilight Zone episode. Read full book review >

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KALEIDOSCOPE EYES by Jen Bryant
ADVENTURE
Released: May 12, 2009

"A neat match with Gary Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars (2007) and Michael Kaufman's 1968 (2008). (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
When 13-year-old Lyza cleans her grandfather's attic and finds a bundle of papers marked "For Lyza Only," she's propelled into a modern-day search for pirates' treasure. Read full book review >