Search Results: "Ovidia Yu"


BOOK REVIEW

AUNTY LEE'S DELIGHTS by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"This delightfully anachronistic series debut from playwright and occasional novelist Yu (Miss Moorthy Investigates, 2012, etc.) boasts buoyant prose and a colorful cast, led by the lovably unstoppable sleuth herself."
She looks like a sweet little old lady, but she probes like a pit bull. Read full book review >

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AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2016

"Aunty Lee's third outing (Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials, 2013, etc.) has the structural virtues of an old-fashioned whodunit but adds a sassy comic edge."
Don't let her sweet demeanor fool you: beneath the matronly manner is a steely sleuth. Read full book review >

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AUNTY LEE'S DEADLY SPECIALS by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"This delicious sophomore entry in Yu's sassy series (Aunty Lee's Delights, 2013) has the quaint accessibility, colorful characters and quotidian detail of a traditional cozy but also a slyly bracing edge."
A possible poisoning on the job doesn't just pique Aunty Lee's interest, but becomes a matter of professional life and death. Read full book review >

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A LOVELY DAY FOR AMELIA GOOSE by Yu Rong
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A sunny tale to share with members of the diapered set who aren't yet up to the emotional Sturm und Drang of Jane Simmons's Daisy or Lucy Cousins's Maisy. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Amelia Goose rises from her cozy bed, strolls outside to greet the bees and birds (they answer back, cheerily), plays in the pond with Frog until bedtime, and then retires. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"For a similar audience as Ji-Li Jiang's Red Scarf Girl (1997), readers will find Chun Yu's autobiographical story a completely different reading experience, and will appreciate this debut of a vivid and lyrical voice. (Fiction. 10-adult)"
Born the year that the Cultural Revolution started, Little Green bore witness through her entire childhood to this terrible time in China's history. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE STOLE MY BELLY BUTTON by Derek Yu
by Derek Yu, illustrated by Derek Yu, developed by Derek Yu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"A bit rough around the edges, but any mention of 'belly button' will reliably elicit gales of giggles from younger readers and listeners. (iPad storybook app. 4-6.)"
Considerably more polished of software design than art, story or orthography, this bilingual episode features a thoroughly cute ninja panda who discovers the peril of napping outdoors without covering up. Read full book review >

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FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE by Jennifer Yu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though not perfect, moving and of interest to teens experiencing similar stresses. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Five teens work on their mental health during four weeks at a wilderness-therapy camp. Read full book review >

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OSS IN CHINA by Maochun Yu
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"It is one of the few deficiencies in an important if profoundly depressing story of bureaucratic infighting, jealousies, incomprehension, and ultimate failure."
A significant account of the wartime exploits in China of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the intelligence agency that was later to become the CIA. Read full book review >

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Released: July 24, 2012

"A collection of playful stories that often have a dark undercurrent. Far out, man."
Science fiction goes postmodern in this story collection from Yu (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE by Charles Yu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A fascinating, philosophical and disorienting thriller about life and the context that gives it meaning."
A man frozen in a universe of his own making must pursue the meaning of life. Read full book review >

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THIRD CLASS SUPERHERO by Charles Yu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Smart, engaging and often deadpan funny."
A playful experimentalist probes the limits of fiction in this debut collection. Read full book review >