Search Results: "Ji-li Jiang"


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RED KITE, BLUE KITE by Ji-li Jiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Though this is told against the backdrop of a dark part of Chinese history, any child coping with separation from a loved one may find comfort in this story. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Set during the Cultural Revolution in China, a heartwarming tale of a father and son whose love never stops soaring. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"It's a very painful, very personal- -therefore accessible—history. (Memoir. 11-15)"
A child's nightmare unfolds in Jiang's chronicle of the excesses of Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution in China in the late 1960s. Read full book review >

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LOTUS AND FEATHER by Ji-li Jiang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Gracefully told and illustrated, a gentle, positive encounter with a beautiful bird in an unfamiliar world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The rescue of a crane restores an unhappy girl as well. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICAL MONKEY KING by Ji-li Jiang
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"Clever, arrogant, far longer on appetite than attention span, Monkey makes an engaging antihero whose acquaintance young readers, of any cultural background, with a taste for trickster tales will be glad to make. (Folktale. 8-10)"
With easygoing informality, memoirist Jiang (Red Scarf Girl, 1997) retells several adventures of this picaresque Asian folk hero. Read full book review >

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WHY SNAILS HAVE SHELLS by Carolyn Han
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"An unusual, and unusually interesting, contribution, handsomely and intelligently produced. (Folklore. 6+)"
A very attractive collection of 17 animal fables and pourquoi tales, from a dozen of the 55 minorities that together comprise 7% (i.e., 67 million) of China's inhabitants, plus three from the majority Han (ethnic Chinese). Read full book review >

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THE COWSHED by Ji Xianlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An ancillary but meaningful document of a time too little chronicled and now all but forgotten by younger Chinese people."
Scarifying account of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE by Yiyun Li
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature."
A Chinese-American fiction writer offers an intimate memoir of "darkest despair." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An interesting and detailed account."
A well-balanced biography of one of the most powerful women in Chinese history, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (née Soong May-ling), wife of Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Read full book review >

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THE WINGED SEED by Li-Young Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"This should lead many to read Lee's poetry, and to eagerly await further memoirs from this lyric artist."
Part remembrance, part waking dream, this is a haunting exploration of memory, identity, love, and exile. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2008

"A true 'fly-on-the-wall' account of the momentous changes in Chinese society and international relations over the last century."
Longtime translator for Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong recounts his arduous and ultimately vindicating life's journey through some of China's darkest decades. Read full book review >

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THE ABACUS CONTEST by Priscilla Wu
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

Stories about life in modern Taiwan, each centered on one of six children in the same class, and each intended to convey information about the culture as well as to make a moral point. Read full book review >