Search Results: "Kyung-sook Shin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO WROTE LONELINESS by Kyung-sook Shin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"There's a hypnotic quality to this melancholy coming-of-age story described as 'not quite fact and not quite fiction.' Allusive and structurally sophisticated, it melds Shin's characteristic themes of politics, literature, and painful experience into a mysteriously compelling whole."
A successful yet troubled South Korean writer looks back on her teenage years and her struggle to work, learn, and survive during "solitary days lived inside an industrial labor genre painting." Read full book review >

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I'LL BE RIGHT THERE by Kyung-sook Shin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Shin's uncomplicated yet allusive narrative voice delivers another calmly affecting story, simultaneously foreign and familiar."
Tender and mournful, the latest novel from best-selling South Korean novelist Shin (Please Look after Mom, 2011) considers young love and loss in an era of political ferment. Read full book review >

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PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM by Kyung-sook Shin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2011

"Partly a metaphor for Korea's social shift from rural to urban, partly an elegy to the intensity of family bonds as constructed and maintained by self-denying women, this is subdued, tender writing with only rare lapses into sentimentality."
A mother's disappearance exposes family consciences, secrets and dependencies in the soft-spoken first English-language publication by a bestselling South Korean novelist. Read full book review >

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SHIN BUDDHISM by Takafumi Hirose
NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 2017

"A cogent, concise, and personable guide to a transformative faith."
A retired Japanese university professor and Buddhist priest introduces a major religion of his home country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

A warm tribute to the WPA-funded "book women" (and men) who rode Kentucky's backwoods in the 1930s and early '40s, delivering library service to some of this country's most impoverished citizens. Read full book review >

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SHIN-CHI’S CANOE by Nicola I. Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"This gentle look at the residential school program concludes with the children's reassuring return to their loving family. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Shi-shi-etko (of the 2006 eponymous title) is returning for a second year to one of the Indian residential schools that the Native children of Canada were once required to attend. Read full book review >

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GOOD-BYE, 382 SHIN DANG DONG by Frances Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A gentle and loving story perfectly pitched to its audience. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Though the subject of moving day is a popular theme, the Parks (Where on Earth is My Bagel, 2001, etc.) provide a unique perspective on the experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE HOUSE KIDS by Joe Rhatigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"An inviting collection of insightful, interesting and often wacky and weird facts and stories about U.S. presidents and their families. (appendices, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A fascinating and entertaining insider's intimate view of the White House through the eyes of 70 children and grandchildren of our commanders in chief. Read full book review >

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GATHERING OF PEARLS by Sook Nyul Choi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Sookan is sometimes annoyingly good, but the story of her struggle with her Korean heritage makes her more than just an ethnic Pollyanna. (Fiction. 12+)"
In this sequel to Choi's autobiographical Year of Impossible Goodbyes (1991) and Echoes of the White Giraffe (1993), 19-year-old Sookan continues her journey—this time leaving Korea to study at Finch, a Catholic women's college in White Plains, N.Y. Although frightened by the enormity of her adventure and confused by the strangeness of American culture, Sookan is determined to excel at her studies, work for her keep, and serve as unofficial ambassador for her country. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2013

"A notable look at a less-publicized chapter of environmentalism."
A Seoul National Universityprofessorrecounts the transformation of South Korea from barren moonscape to tree-filled landscape and the pivotal role in that process played by former President Park Chung-Hee. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RED BICYCLE by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Well-meant but more didactic than entertaining. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
When Leo outgrows his beloved red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it takes on new lives. Read full book review >