Search Results: "Jan Peng Wang"


BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR BA by Paul Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Especially suitable for older children and studies of immigrant life and culture. (Picture book. 7-10)"
An unusual immigrant story offers a fascinating glimpse into an unfamiliar art form. Read full book review >

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NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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JAN ORMEROD'S TO BABY WITH LOVE by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A feast of bright yet subtle color and bold design, just right for introducing the youngest to some familiar animals while tickling their ears with contagious rhymes and their minds with a few simple concepts. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An artist known especially for her exquisite draughtsmanship visualizes five familiar nursery pieces in vibrant paint set off by brilliant white. Read full book review >

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THE TAKEDOWN by Corrie Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thought-provoking, entertaining read, Wang's debut illustrates a future that is easily conceivable. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A fresh take on a tired high school trope. Read full book review >

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THE LAST COMMUNIST VIRGIN by Wang Ping
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Thorough and thought-provoking."
Seven interconnected stories chronicle the multifaceted, often ugly life of the 21st-century Chinese immigrant. Read full book review >

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LILI by Annie Wang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2001

"A moving and well-crafted tale, written over the course of ten years, that successfully melds the fictional Lili with China's recent history. Not an easy task."
Wang's first novel written in English: a compelling account of the emotional and political awakening of a tormented young Chinese woman who grew up during the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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FOREIGN DEVIL by Wang Ping
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"A litany of horrors faced down by a true-grit heroine, narrated in a fashion too hectic, cool, and distant to be affecting."
Chinese poet and storywriter Wang (American Visa, 1994), based in the US since 1985, offers a vivid if overstuffed debut novel of life and love in Red China. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN VISA by Wang Ping
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The only thing missing here is drama."
This volume of interconnected stories, part of Coffee House's series by Asian-American writers, introduces a young Chinese immigrant. Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN OF EMPRESS CASSIA by Gabrielle Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Hinting of a spell of unearthly enchantment with its mystical healing garden and the good-hearted artist that creates it, this effort offers promise but ultimately is more charcoal sketch than pastel panorama. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
Using a box of enchanted pastels, 12-year-old Chinese-Australian Mimi Lu creates a fantasy garden with supernatural properties. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS'S GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Jack Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"There is no question that the book is an attractive novelty, but, as with others in its series, it will serve its audience better as a teething toy than a gateway to literacy. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Dickens classic, reduced to 12 words and illustrated with felt dolls. Read full book review >

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THE STUBBORN PORRIDGE by Wang Meng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1994

"Although it doesn't have much staying power, this is a thoroughly enjoyable group of stories that tweaks bureaucracy and turns expectations around."
These allegorical stories from a Chinese master delight with spare language and wry hidden meanings. Read full book review >

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BIRTH OF THE STONE MONKEY by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"There may be children in the world who don't wish they were monkeys. This book will change their minds. (character guide, synopsis, thematic essay) (Graphic classic. 8-16)"
All monkeys are beautiful. Not everyone knows this, but the dynamic, textured artwork in this book will convince them. Read full book review >