Search Results: "Kirstin Chen"


BOOK REVIEW

SOY SAUCE FOR BEGINNERS by Kirstin Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Comparisons with Lin's new-fangled sauce—short on depth and complexity—are inevitable given the conventional flavor of Chen's readable but lightweight debut."
East or West, music studies or the family business, authentic soy sauce or a cheaper modern alternative? These are the choices facing droopy Gretchen Lin in a pleasant if generic tale of roots and romance. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2009

"Fascinating, if academic portrayal of an inspiring legislator and reformer."
Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Downey deconstructs the life of a passionate labor advocate who became the nation's first female Cabinet member. Read full book review >

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ISABELLA by Kirstin Downey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A strong, fascinating woman, Isabella helped to usher in the modern age, and this rich, clearly written biography is a worthy chronicle of her impressive yet controversial life."
Downey (The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience, 2009) brings her journalistic expertise to this excellent chronicle of the end of the Middle Ages and that time period's most significant female figures. Read full book review >

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NIGHT AT THE FIESTAS by Kirstin Valdez Quade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Quade is a writer to watch."
Debut collection of stories set in New Mexico from an award-winning writer. Read full book review >

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THE SKY ALWAYS HEARS ME AND THE HILLS DON’T MIND by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Her emotional landscape is all shades of gray, and teens might well find it liberating to meet a character who can, in the end, take on life's messiness and forgive it. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in central Nebraska, a fact that, along with PMS and life in general, drives her to the hills to scream her lungs out, usually something along the lines of "DIE ASSHOLE DIE." Read full book review >

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A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A mostly satisfying 'round-the-world romance. (Romance. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old photographer Shana, a secondary character from Chen's previous novel, Return to Me (2013), takes center stage in this stand-alone companion romance. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO ME by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Disappointing. (Paranormal fiction. 13 & up)"
A teen psychic learns to embrace her visions after her father breaks up their family. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2003

"A richly textured past intimately evoked."
From an Italian journalist who lives part of the year in New York, a beguiling memoir of growing up in a Tuscan city, learning to cook local and family favorites. Read full book review >

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MY LAST EMPRESS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A lyrical tale of crossed borders, boundaries and destinies, expertly told."
Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A wonderfully rich dip into American cheese, which, contrary to what many may think, 'has more styles than the pope has gilded white robes in his Vatican armoire.'"
A varied exploration of some of America's most delightful artisan cheeses. Read full book review >

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CLOTHED, FEMALE FIGURE by Kirstin Allio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Marvels of craft and insight."
First collection by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and author of Garner (2005), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Read full book review >

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COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN by Da Chen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Chen's memoir displays an unusual and remarkable insight into Chinese life, and into the resilience of the human spirit. (Author tour)"
A moving evocation of life in a remote village in China in the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >