Search Results: "Li Cunxin"


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MAO’S LAST DANCER by Li Cunxin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A compelling story for ballet-lovers and all others. (photographs, timeline) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
In this "Young Readers' Edition" of his adult memoir, the Chinese-born dancer recounts his childhood and dance training during the Cultural Revolution, followed by his defection to dance in America. Read full book review >

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MAO’S LAST DANCER by Li Cunxin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2004

"Nicely written and humane: for anyone interested in modern Chinese history or for fans of dance."
A prominent ballet dancer revisits the strange course that led him from a Chinese hamlet to the world stage. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 22, 2008

"It's all about a young man far from home keeping stories close to his heart. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Born into extreme poverty in Mao's China, the author was able, through happenstance, determination and yes, talent, to achieve an amazing career as a ballet dancer in the West. Read full book review >

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BIG CITY EXPLORER by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Problematic for libraries due to the detachable token, but like Mary Javins' 3-D World Atlas and Tour (2008), the gimmick isn't indispensable to the journey. (review quizzes) (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A penguin guide conducts prospective tourists on a whirlwind flight over 28 world cities. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING DINOSAUR DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Dinosaur fans will have no trouble digging up better surveys. (glossary, quiz) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A barrage of dino names and facts, with fanciful cartoon illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An inviting introduction for curious children from pre-K through early elementary school, but unfamiliar terms may require a little extra interpretation. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Colorful schematic illustrations and miniature detectives introduce major body parts. Read full book review >

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SNOW FALLING IN SPRING by Moying Li
HISTORY
Released: March 19, 2008

"Combined with The Diary of Ma Yan (2005), readers can begin to know about education and life in modern China. (chronology, glossary) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
When Li was 12 years old, the Chinese Cultural Revolution began and changed life in that nation. Read full book review >

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A TOWER FOR THE SUMMER HEAT by Li Yu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Subtle comedies of marriage and Chinese society, these give charming evidence of a true master's touch, easily bridging more than 300 years to be fresh and vibrant today."
A spirited, enchanting collection of stories from the 17th- century Chinese playwright and raconteur in a vivid translation, the first in English: a fitting companion to Li Yu's acclaimed erotic satire The Carnal Prayer Mat (1990). Read full book review >

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DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE by Yiyun Li
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature."
A Chinese-American fiction writer offers an intimate memoir of "darkest despair." Read full book review >

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SILVER CITY by Li Rui
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"An impressively nuanced reminder not only of the terrible toll of Chinese history, but of how fiction can illuminate it with portraits of individuals caught in its currents."
The waywardness of history and human emotion are impressively detailed in a popular Chinese writer's US debut: a first novel (originally published in Taiwan in the early '90s) that describes the struggle of two families to live and love in modern China. Read full book review >

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BITTERSWEET by Leslie Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Promising and certainly instructive, but a bit of a bumpy ride."
A panoramic whirl through Chinese history in a first novel inspired by a Chinese grandmother who was granted that most ambiguous of wishes—to live in interesting times. Read full book review >

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CONFUCIUS SAYS by Veronica Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2015

"An affecting look at caring for aging parents and a story of the nuances of Chinese culture."
A story of a woman caring for her parents with as much filial piety as she can muster. Read full book review >