Search Results: "Ruiyan Xu"


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THE LOST AND FORGOTTEN LANGUAGES OF SHANGHAI by Ruiyan Xu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Xu's writing, precise and elegant, saves a too conventional plot."
Silence—literal and figurative—is the topic of this debut novel in which an American neurologist helps a Chinese businessman regain his powers of speech. Read full book review >

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NEWSPRINTS by Ru Xu
by Ru Xu, illustrated by Ru Xu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Despite a few rough edges, a promising start. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
An escalating war unites a ragamuffin with a secret and two fugitives with secrets of their own in this steampunk-tinged opener. Read full book review >

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PICKING TURNIPS by Xu Zhou
by Xu Zhou, illustrated by Xu Zhou, translated by Adam Lanphier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An ambitious but not entirely successful reboot of a familiar favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little mouse's "uncle's uncle's uncle" is the source of a lightly fractured version of Tolstoy's "The Gigantic Turnip." Read full book review >

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NO WALL TOO HIGH by Xu Hongci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An often harrowing, valuable account for students of daily life in the early years of the period culminating in China's little-documented civil war of the 1970s."
An early victim of Mao Zedong's totalitarian regime is swept up in a time of terror. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 1999

"Not much as a sophisticated history or political analysis of China, but a fairly riveting love story nevertherless."
Both the memoir of a young Chinese peasant girl coming of age during the Cultural Revolution and a cross-cultural tragic romance which depicts the struggle between love for another individual and loyalty to one's country. Read full book review >

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NO! THAT’S WRONG! by Zhauhua Ji
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Pair this all-dialogue outing with Jan Brett's The Hat (1997), in which a more developed story line carries similar play with unconventional headgear. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lighthearted duel between Creativity and the Voice of Reason centers on a pair of lacy red panties blown off a clothesline. Read full book review >

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THE YELLOW EMPEROR'S CURE by Kunal Basu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Fortunately, it's the readers who win."
This richly painted literary novel brings a Portuguese doctor to 19th-century China to find a cure for syphilis. Read full book review >

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FEATHERED SERPENT by Xu Xiaobin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Lyrical, sometimes difficult, and engaging—an allusive, sidelong view of Chinese history by a writer who has seen many of its darker moments."
A family epic—originally published in China in 1998—that winds its way across generations of Chinese history, not always coherently. Read full book review >