Search Results: "Kevin Fong"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"A medical thriller of the first order."
The founder of the Centre for Altitude, Space, and Extreme Environment Medicine examines the connections between extraordinary advances in modern medicine and the experiences of explorers, mountaineers, soldiers and others who face extreme conditions. Read full book review >

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B.B. WOLF by Debbie Fong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"A low-key, appealingly unpretentious twist on a familiar folk tale. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
A revised "Little Red Riding Hood," with unusually simple and effective illustrations and interactive features. Read full book review >

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ONE CHILD by Mei Fong
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Finished just before the announcement of the policy's demise, One Child is a touching and captivating anthropological investigation of one of the most invasive laws ever devised."
Widespread female infanticide and officials jailing pregnant women's families to induce them to surrender to abortions—these are scenes not from a dystopian novel but from China's family planning bureaucracy. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"Opening with a schematic dynasty map and closing with an essay on the distinctive illustrations, this wide-ranging collection will introduce readers to traditional Chinese values, as well as classic stories and characters. (superfluous index) (Folktales. 8-10)"
Retold from unnamed sources, these 23 myths, legends, and historical anecdotes feature deities both kind- and cold-hearted, sages, scholars, poets, and martial heroes of both sexes—all depicted in colorful, ornately-detailed posters produced in China in the early 20th century and selected from Chiang's personal collection. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Nevertheless, the book is intriguing, as much fun to browse as it is to sink into for research. (maps, diagrams, chronology, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A concise history of Chinese thought and creativity, covering not only scientific ideas and inventions, but religion and philosophy, government, trade, farming, and more. Read full book review >

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HICKORY WIND by Ben Fong-Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 1991

"A skillfully drawn portrait, tragic and absorbing. (Eight pages of photos—not seen.)"
Fong-Torres, 12 years an editor at Rolling Stone and currently feature writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, presents a richly detailed life of Gram Parsons—a musician who, although his records sold poorly and he died in 1973 at the age of 26, continues to be cited as a seminal influence by musicians as diverse as Emmy Lou Harris, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1994

"An enjoyable, thought-provoking tale of family ties and cultural identity, but rock 'n' roll fans may be frustrated by the author's emphases."
A tender, sometimes funny memoir by a son of Chinese immigrants who became a writer and Rolling Stone editor. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT AT THE DRAGON CAFÉ by Judy Fong Bates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Deeply satisfying: a lovely sensuality pervades in spite of the harshness of the world Bates portrays so eloquently."
First-novelist Bates (stories: China Dog, 2002) explores the Chinese immigrant experience in Canada in a heartbreaking but muted love story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHINA DOG by Judy Fong Bates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Split mostly between laundry and restaurant settings, and attuned to the grittier side, Bates's stories have limited range, but are most affecting in their search for the plain truths of Chinese immigrant life."
Having moved to Canada from China as a child, Bates conveys the immigrant experience in generally straightforward terms in this group of eight tales set in rural Ontario, first published in 1997 in Canada. Read full book review >

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WILLIN' by Ben Fong-Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Those who are already fans will appreciate the few revelations here."
An eclectic Los Angeles rock band of the 1970s that deserved a much larger following isn't likely to reach one through this serviceable biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville by Gene Del Vecchio
Released: June 18, 2015

"A tale of funny behavior modification for the kindergarten set."
An eerie purple creature teaches a town of rude children an important lesson in this fantastical children's book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Sweetly low-key and totally accessible. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Billy Miller's second-grade year is quietly spectacular in a wonderfully ordinary way. Read full book review >