Search Results: "Iris Chang"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"Though it lacks the gravity and grace of Lynn Pan's Sons of the Yellow Emperor (1994), which covers much of the same ground, this is a solid addition in a far-from-exhausted field."
California-based historian Chang (The Rape of Nanking, 1997, etc.) searches out common themes in the Chinese immigrant experience over time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 17, 1997

"Chang fails because she rushes to simplify complex events and to universalize what happened at the expense of a careful, comprehensive appreciation of a world violently destroyed. (photos, not seen) (First serial to Newsweek)"
Billing itself as the first English-language history devoted to the Japanese Army's 1937 massacre in China's capital, this slight account will by no means be the last word. Read full book review >

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MY WILD SISTER AND ME by Iris Wewer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"With so much to look at, this sly and oh-so-truthful snapshot of sibling relations will see plenty of repeated examination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An absolutely engaging, European-flavored look at the relationship between a little boy and his older sister. 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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STALEMATE by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"All the usual elements, somewhat manipulatively reconfigured."
In prolific suspense novelist Johansen's energetic new Eve Duncan thriller (Countdown, 2005, etc.), the forensics sculptor makes a dangerous deal with a Colombian weapons dealer. Read full book review >

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BLOOD GAME by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"Not even Hamburger Helper could rescue this overdone hash."
Johansen (Deadlock, 2009, etc.) stirs psychics, an apprentice vampire and some unsettled ghosts into a bubbling pot of balderdash. Read full book review >

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NO ONE TO TRUST by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Fast-moving plot, elementary prose: another zippy read from megaselling Johansen (Body of Lies, 2001, etc.)."
How to catch a girl guerrilla: use her son as bait. Read full book review >

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SEX AFTER... by Iris Krasnow
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"A nuanced, revelatory account of the role of sexual freedom in modern intimacy."
Journalist Krasnow (The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married, 2011, etc.) shares the skinny on women's sex lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PANDORA’S DAUGHTER by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"An overwrought flight of fancy that deserves to be returned to its box unopened."
A doctor inherits power beyond imagination from her murdered mother. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"Life, of course, is tangled—the lives of these women perhaps more than most—but Chang's eye for detail and willingness to probe can't overcome prose that reads like a final project for a writer's workshop."
First-time author Chang rather falteringly describes the flight of her mother and three friends from the Communist takeover of China to middle-class lives in the US. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI by Jung Chang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"In an entertaining biography, the empress finally has her day."
An impassioned defense of the daughter of a government employee who finagled her way to becoming the long-reigning empress dowager, feminist and reformer. Read full book review >