Search Results: "Maxine Hong Kingston"


BOOK REVIEW

CHINA MEN by Maxine Hong Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 1980

"But, self-conscious lapses aside, this remains in sum—like Warrior Woman—exemplary history in the personal, investigatory mode."
What began with The Warrior Woman—Chinese immigrant women—is now continued with the focus on the China Men who left China for the Gold Mountain; and all of Kingston's different impulses—curatorial, reconstructive, celebratory, quizzical—are again brought into play. Read full book review >

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I LOVE A BROAD MARGIN TO MY LIFE by Maxine Hong Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Kingston is clearly tuned in to a different frequency, and the rhythm of her writing complements her tone, but it's also erratic and lacks narrative traction."
Renowned Asian-American author Kingston (The Fifth Book of Peace, 2003, etc.) reflects on her life, as well as the lives of her most popular fictional characters, in this 240-page elegy. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 2003

"A colorful meandering that is most original and compelling when it focuses on the author's hard-won peace with her family."
A mix of memoir and fiction attempts to reconstruct a novel that burned—along with the author's home and family keepsakes—in the terrible Oakland Hills fire of 1991. Read full book review >

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Released: April 27, 1989

"Rather a dense, occasionally rewarding trip, which should ride comfortably on the excellence of Kingston's nonfiction."
In The Warrior Woman (1976) and China Men (1980), Kingston approached the genius of the Chinese-American heritage in a robust blaze of mythic intuitions and shrewd, historical, autobiographical notation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1976

"The several strands, inseparable here, create a spirit-presence you won't soon forget."
How closely they guarded their lives, those Chinese-Americans pressing the clothes, so that we were never able to focus on them or comprehend their outlook. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2012

"Through text that reads like dynamic blog material and flows with the hyperactive flare of an anxious father of three, the narrative moves along seamlessly with enthusiasm, parental trepidation and a healthy dose of sardonic humor."
A neurotic American father of three relocates his family to Hong Kong for one year. Read full book review >

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HONG KONG by Stephen Coonts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"High-tech gimmickry, kitchen-sink plotting, stick-figure characters. For devoted fans only."
It's the near future, and China's grip on Hong Kong goes slack—not unlike Coonts's latest. Read full book review >

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KINGSTON BY STARLIGHT by Christopher John Farley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Ineffably, incoherently, inexplicably inane."
Legendary lady pirate Anne Bonny improbably becomes a feminist heroine in this florid reimagining of her life and crimes, courtesy of Time magazine senior editor Farley (My Favorite War, 1996). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Bordwell is not well known outside academic film circles, but he should be; perhaps this volume will give him the exposure he deserves."
One of our most inventive film scholars, Bordwell (Film Studies/Univ. of Wisconsin) takes on one of the most overthetop cinemas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAXINE BANKS IS GETTING MARRIED by Lori Aurelia Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"It's a pleasure watching her learn from experience and apply that earned wisdom, especially the dawning recognition that if Demonee has the right to be loved and accepted for who she is, so has Maxine herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
From the first line, the eponymous narrator—affectionate, funny and smart—draws readers into her story with the same strong will she uses to persuade her longtime boyfriend, Brian, to tie the knot. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"This book won't tell you, either. (50 b&w photos)"
Journalist Dannen (Hit Men, not reviewed) and Hong Kong film maven and collector Long take a look at one of the world's most vital cinemas, one that's facing an uncertain future under its new Chinese rulers. Read full book review >

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HONG KONG, CHINA by Ralph Arnote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Good company and a fine breakfast have totally cured my jet lag''), many readers may ask: Where is James Clavell now that we need him?"
Arnote, an old paperback mystery hand, debuts in hardcover with a trashy and rather tedious tale of Hong Kong on the eve of its reversion to China. Read full book review >