Search Results: "Raymond Chang"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEGGAR'S MAGIC by Margaret Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The book is as satisfying as unselfishness rewarded fully and meanness punished neatly. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
The Changs (The Cricket Warrior, 1994, etc.) retell an ancient Chinese tale about selfishness and sharing, set to luminous illustrations by Johnson. Read full book review >

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THE CRICKET WARRIOR by Margaret Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The Changs know how to give the whims of authority a good lambasting without getting smug about it, and Hutton's crabbed pen-and-wash illustrations bring a Roz Chast leavening to the serious themes of the story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A tale of magic and loyalty, first told some 300 years ago in China. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1999

"McElrath-Eslick's artwork is handsome and evocative, dreamy but with enough detail to keep readers' eyes busy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This enchanted adventure tale from the Changs (The Beggar's Magic, 1997, etc.) rolls along smoothly, telling of a poor but thoughtful and diligent son of a peasant in China. Read full book review >

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CELIA’S ROBOT by Margaret Chang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"A bit of mystery plus solidly believable, complex friend-family relationships and a smart girl who's fearless about technology make for an appealing light read. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Celia's cellist (Caucasian) mom and inventor (Chinese-American) dad are loving, busy parents whose work and travel mean less time for hand-holding over school and home routines. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"Life, of course, is tangled—the lives of these women perhaps more than most—but Chang's eye for detail and willingness to probe can't overcome prose that reads like a final project for a writer's workshop."
First-time author Chang rather falteringly describes the flight of her mother and three friends from the Communist takeover of China to middle-class lives in the US. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI by Jung Chang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"In an entertaining biography, the empress finally has her day."
An impassioned defense of the daughter of a government employee who finagled her way to becoming the long-reigning empress dowager, feminist and reformer. Read full book review >

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RED JADE by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A sharp mix of action, post-Wire procedural and cultural commentary aimed squarely at readers who aren't overly attached to happy, or even conclusive, endings."
Detective Jack Yu, who seems destined never to get out of Chinatown (Year of the Dog, 2008, etc.), catches a case that takes him all the way across the country—to Seattle's Chinatown. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2016

"A thought-provoking mix of pithy meditations and tips."
A Houston-based cardiologist shares reflections on how relationships help individuals find meaning and purpose in life in this first of a planned self-help series. Read full book review >

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DEATH MONEY by Henry Chang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The plot is familiar and forgettable, but Jack's odyssey is consistently fast-paced, edgy and flavorful. Sometimes it really is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."
NYPD Detective Jack Yu scours Chinatown to find out who killed a man whose body was found miles away. Read full book review >

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WILD SWANS by Jung Chang
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Mostly, however, Chang offers an inspiring story of courage, sensitivity, intelligence, loyalty, and love, told objectively, without guilt or recrimination, in an unassuming and credible documentary style. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An exceptional tribute to three generations of courageous and articulate Chinese women: the grandmother, born in 1909 into a still feudal society; the mother, a Communist official and then ``enemy of the people''; and the daughter, the author, raised during the reactionary Cultural Revolution, then sent abroad in 1978, when the story ends, to study in England, where she now, at age 39, serves as Director of Chinese Studies for External Services, Univ. of London. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 17, 1997

"Chang fails because she rushes to simplify complex events and to universalize what happened at the expense of a careful, comprehensive appreciation of a world violently destroyed. (photos, not seen) (First serial to Newsweek)"
Billing itself as the first English-language history devoted to the Japanese Army's 1937 massacre in China's capital, this slight account will by no means be the last word. Read full book review >

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YEAR OF THE DOG by Henry Chang
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"As in Jack's debut (Chinatown Beat, 2006), Chinatown is the hero here. Better say antihero, because while the picture is vivid and often compelling, it's anything but pretty."
Detective Jack Yu finds that you can go home again but may not want to. Read full book review >