Search Results: "Lisa See"


BOOK REVIEW

SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"A keenly imagined journey into the women's quarters."
A nuanced exploration of women's friendship and women's writing in a remote corner of Imperial China. Read full book review >

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LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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CHINA DOLLS by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"Still, a welcome spotlight on an overlooked segment of showbiz history."
See's latest follows three Asian-American showgirls whose dreams are derailed then reset by the onset of World War II. Read full book review >

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SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"The close suggests See's next setting may be the People's Republic, a development sure to please her readership."
Two sisters escape war-ravaged Shanghai, only to face discrimination and the threat of deportation in the United States. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"American culture. (Author tour)"
Despite some unanswered questions, a copiously researched history and a page-turning read. Read full book review >

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THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Still, a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology."
A woman from the Akha tribe of China's Yunnan province becomes a tea entrepreneur as her daughter grows up in California. Read full book review >

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PEONY IN LOVE by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2007

"See's gossamer weave of cultural detail and Chinese afterlife mythology forms an improbably inspiring tapestry of love and letters."
Foot-binding, opera and anorexia are feminist statements in See's (Snowflower and the Secret Fan, 2005, etc.) ghost story set in 17th-century China. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF JOY by Lisa See
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"Although the ending betrays See's roots in genre fiction, this is a riveting, meticulously researched depiction of one of the world's worst human-engineered catastrophes."
In this sequel to See's bestselling Shanghai Girls (2009, etc.), a daughter's flight leads to further family upheavals against the backdrop of Mao Tse-Tung's Great Leap Forward. Read full book review >

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DRAGON BONES by Lisa See
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 27, 2003

"Moderately engaging whodunit that becomes whocaresaboutit before the end."
A Chinese police inspector and her American lawyer husband venture up the Yangtze River to investigate murder and corruption. Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >