Search Results: "Ha-Joon Chang"


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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Eminently accessible, with a clearly liberal (or at least anticonservative) bent, but with surprises along the way—for one, the thought that markets need to become less rather than more efficient."
Think the market is rational and that business knows best? Ha-Joon Chang (Economics/Univ. of Cambridge; Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, 2007, etc.) argues otherwise. Read full book review >

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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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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: March 25, 2013

"A notable look at a less-publicized chapter of environmentalism."
A Seoul National Universityprofessorrecounts the transformation of South Korea from barren moonscape to tree-filled landscape and the pivotal role in that process played by former President Park Chung-Hee. 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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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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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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CELIA’S ROBOT by Margaret Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"A bit of mystery plus solidly believable, complex friend-family relationships and a smart girl who's fearless about technology make for an appealing light read. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Celia's cellist (Caucasian) mom and inventor (Chinese-American) dad are loving, busy parents whose work and travel mean less time for hand-holding over school and home routines. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1999

"McElrath-Eslick's artwork is handsome and evocative, dreamy but with enough detail to keep readers' eyes busy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This enchanted adventure tale from the Changs (The Beggar's Magic, 1997, etc.) rolls along smoothly, telling of a poor but thoughtful and diligent son of a peasant in China. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR MAMA by Tae-Joon Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A perfect union of text and illustration tell a simple but moving story. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this quiet tribute to filial devotion, a little Korean boy climbs onto the high platform of a streetcar station to wait for his mother. Read full book review >

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FEG by Robin Hirsch
POETRY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Still, Hirsch delivers the idea that words are for playing with in any number of refreshingly clever ways. (Poetry. 11+)"
With his two children as semi-silent partners, and the evident intent of appealing both to poetry lovers and budding philologists, restaurateur/performance artist Hirsch pairs two dozen easy-to-read poems with harder-to-read (and far longer) explanatory footnotes—all rescued from pedantry by dazzling wordplay and infectious enthusiasm. Read full book review >