Search Results: "Kyung-sook Shin"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

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MAMA LOVES YOU SO  by Terry Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A lovely lullaby, but the delicate art is too subtle for newborn eyes. (Board book. 3 mos.-1)"
All mamas love their babies, whether human or animal. Read full book review >

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HALMONI AND THE PICNIC by Sook Nyul Choi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A sensitive exploration of difficulties facing immigrants, particularly older people who don't get the crash course in American culture provided by school or a job. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Yunmi, a Korean-American third-grader in a N.Y.C. parochial school, worries about her grandmother Halmoni, who's been in the US only two months and is having a hard time with the English language and American customs. 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 >

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TONGUE by Kyung-Ran Jo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A sumptuous feast."
South Korean bestseller Jo makes her English-language debut with a novel focused on elemental experiences, primarily food and sex. Read full book review >

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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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YEAR OF IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES by Sook Nyul Choi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A moving fictionalized account of Choi's last months as a child in Pyongyang under the brutal Japanese rule that oppressed Korea for more than 30 years before 1945, and her harrowing escape with her seven-year-old brother south across the 38th parallel. Read full book review >

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ECHOES OF THE WHITE GIRAFFE by Sook Nyul Choi
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

In a sequel to the autobiographical Year of Impossible Goodbyes (1991, ALA Notable), Sookan, now 15, is again a refugee. Read full book review >