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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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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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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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PROTECT ME FROM MYSELF
by Rosemary Hallmark

BOOK REPORT for The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster

Cover Story: Sir Mix-a-Lot
BFF Charm: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: He Said, She Said (and He Said, and She Said)
Anti-Bonus Factor: Patty Chase Award for Awful Parenting
Relationship Status: Just Friends

Cover Story: Sir Mix-a-Lot

Are Big Butts the new Big Face? I certainly hope ...


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LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Stuart Smalley

Swoonworthy Scale: 2

Talky Talk: He Said

Bonus Factors: Alternate Dimensions, UMass Amherst

Relationship Status: Be My World-Maker

 

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

Whoever designed this cover just gets this book. This isn’t a cut and dry love story; there’s ...


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GREGOR HENS
by Alex Layman

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

THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A biblio bias-cut whose shimmer is welcome despite its optimistic shortsightedness. (Historical graphic fiction. 12-18)"
Once upon a time, there was a prince who felt fabulous only in exquisite gowns. 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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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 >

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BELLES by Jen Calonita
Released: April 10, 2012

"One-note characters act as you would expect in this generic, paint-by-numbers effort. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In the first book of a formulaic new series, a lower-class girl is introduced to Southern high society in all its catty glory. Read full book review >