Search Results: "Jung Chang"


BOOK REVIEW

WILD SWANS by Jung Chang
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Mostly, however, Chang offers an inspiring story of courage, sensitivity, intelligence, loyalty, and love, told objectively, without guilt or recrimination, in an unassuming and credible documentary style. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An exceptional tribute to three generations of courageous and articulate Chinese women: the grandmother, born in 1909 into a still feudal society; the mother, a Communist official and then ``enemy of the people''; and the daughter, the author, raised during the reactionary Cultural Revolution, then sent abroad in 1978, when the story ends, to study in England, where she now, at age 39, serves as Director of Chinese Studies for External Services, Univ. of London. 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 >

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"COULD YOU LIFT UP YOUR BOTTOM?" by Hee-jung Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"An effective choice for developing shape recognition mixed with some salty fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"

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MAO by Jung Chang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2005

"A startling document, one that will surely occasion revision of the historical record."
In the spirit of The Black Book of Communism (1999), this grand narrative aims to show that Mao Tse-tung was among the greatest mass murderers in history—if not the greatest of them all. Read full book review >

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GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike  Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The book never completely escapes cliché. Every chapter has lines like 'SOON EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHO I AM, CAPTAIN STUPENDOUS!' But this is a genuinely new sort of superhero story, and it will surprise even people who are tired of sound effects and capital letters. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This is a superhero story for people who've read too many superhero stories. Read full book review >

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SHELTER by Jung Yun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Yun's characters don't merely desire walls and a roof, although houses have a powerful and intelligent presence here. A diverse and nuanced cast of characters seeks shelter from pain and loneliness in this valiant portrayal of contemporary American life."
A fluidly written debut novel that explores violence and its effects on one immigrant family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A levelheaded, well-researched analysis of the many 'trappings of contemporary breastfeeding culture.'"
The pros and cons of using breast milk instead of formula for your baby. Read full book review >

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BAMBERT’S BOOK OF MISSING STORIES by Reinhardt Jung
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"The audience for this meditation on what stories are, and do, is likely to be deep but not wide. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Jung explores the power of stories to free writers'—and by extension, their readers'—imaginations from physical limitations in this brief, introspective import. 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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AT A LOSS by Philip O. Jung
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 2, 2012

"Those seeking Chicken Soup for the Soul homilies or tidy endings—or standard English usage and grammar—should look elsewhere, as author Jung explores depths of inner pain."
Nine short stories depict characters coping with various forms of loss, from a grieving teen boyfriend-turned-funeral-crasher to an alcoholic academic. Read full book review >

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BYE, BYE! by Nancy Kaufmann
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"A good choice for first-day jitters, whether for parents or children. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Piggy has a hard time saying goodbye to his father on the first day of school, but then he finds that the day is over much too soon. Read full book review >