Search Results: "Ha Jin"


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NANJING REQUIEM by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A matter-of-fact, plainspoken narrative that has a profound impact."
A historical novel with a timeless theme—the inhumanly human brutality of war and the attempt to sustain a life of compassion and grace in response to it. Read full book review >

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THE BOAT ROCKER by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The narrator ultimately realizes what an innocent he's been, and the reader shares the epiphanies of this pilgrim's progress."
Since emigrating from his native China, Jin has earned considerable renown for his poetry, stories, and novels (Waiting won the National Book Award in 1999). But he's never been known as a barrel of laughs. Read full book review >

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A GOOD FALL by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Rich imagery—'drizzle swayed in the wind like endless tangled threads,' 'the streetlights were swimming in my eyes'—displays the author's poetic gifts, but some of these tales belabor the obvious."
First collection of short fiction in nine years from expatriate novelist Ha Jin (A Free Life, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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WAITING by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 1999

"Ha Jin has established himself as one of the great sturdy realists still writing in a postmodern age."
A kind of Chinese Dr. Zhivago about a married army doctor who falls in love with a nurse during the Cultural Revolution, by Chinese exile Ha Jin (In the Pond, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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A MAP OF BETRAYAL by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Subtle, masterful and bittersweet storytelling that operates on a number of different levels."
A plainspoken, even reticent narrative illuminates the complex loyalties of a Chinese-American spy, who considers himself a patriot of both countries. Read full book review >

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WAR TRASH by Ha Jin
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"Another brilliant installment in Ha Jin's history of modern China (The Crazed, 2002, etc.), written with his usual understatement and clarity."
The Chinese-born American author offers the fictional memoirs (historically based) of a Chinese officer's difficult years as a POW in the Korean War—and the more difficult return to China after the ceasefire. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Difficult to decipher but arguably worth the effort."
A comprehensive theory suggesting broad and even radical societal changes to make way for the coming ecological civilization. Read full book review >

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ECONOMICS by Ha-Joon Chang
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Economics for the 99 percent who don't know moral hazard from opportunity cost: lively, intelligent and readily accessible."
The dismal science rendered undismally, even spryly, by economist Chang (Economics/Cambridge Univ.; 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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Awaken by Jin Nua
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A self-help book with some sense but much confusion."
In this nonfiction guidebook, Nua (Heart of the Universe, 2015, etc.) describes his own spiritual enlightenment and recommends practices for attaining it.Read full book review >

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BLACK FLOWER by Young-Ha Kim
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Readers who remember the historical fiction of Thomas B. Costain, Zoe Oldenbourg and Anya Seton will appreciate the extensive research and empathic imagination that went into this novel."
Korean author Kim stumbled upon a little-known piece of history during a conversation on a trans-Pacific flight. This history was so fascinating, he wanted to base a novel on it. This is that novel. Read full book review >

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MINE! by Susie Lee Jin
by Susie Lee Jin, illustrated by Susie Lee Jin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This nondidactic story is a natural for collections about sharing, effectively softening the natural tendency toward possessiveness of most living things through its sweet illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A minimalistic, humorous tale about competitive bunnies, a carrot, and the notion of sharing. Read full book review >

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FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES by Min Jin Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2007

"Fitfully entertaining but not extraordinary."
Lee's debut is an epic-scale hybrid of the 19th-century novel (Middlemarch is oft-cited here) and Bonfire of the Vanities, but it lacks Eliot's literary polish and Wolfe's exuberance. Read full book review >