Search Results: "Stephanie Sun"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ORIENTATIONS by Stephanie Sun
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A broad novel stretched too thin."
A sprawling, multicharacter novel alternates between 2002 and 2004 while circling big themes. Read full book review >

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STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS
by Maya Payne Smart

Ominous and timely, No One Is Coming to Save Us explores the sense of displacement and dispossession that burrows within communities—and individuals—when work vanishes. The novel follows residents of Pinewood, a declining North Carolina factory town, as they ponder the twin perils of staying stuck in the stubborn red clay beneath them or moving earth to cut their own new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

STRIDING BIRD by Stephanie  Yap
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Standard fare with some satisfying interactive features. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
In a twist on a familiar tale, a small bird decides to give up flying and become a land creature. Read full book review >

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THE TREE THAT REFUSED TO SHED by Stephanie  Yap
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2014

"This story may offer solid tutorials on the seasons and the existential benefits of detachment (pun intended), but its literary and technical vessels could use some work. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
A stubborn tree gets a perfunctory lesson about impermanence. Read full book review >

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A LOVE TO REMEMBER by Sun Eastley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"Other than its lurid sex scenes, a sometimes hard-to-follow read that's easy to forget."
In this novel, a young woman navigates romance and discovers her mother's own murky romantic past. Read full book review >

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BLOODLIGHT by Harambee K. Grey-Sun
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"A gritty story of a tough boy in a bad situation, weighed down by its competing genres."
In Grey-Sun's (Broken Angels, 2012) novel set in an ambiguously dark future, a high school wrestler deals with girl problems, bullies and intense visions. Read full book review >

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Two Tales of the Moon by Jennifer Sun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"Dry but readable, Sun's book bridges the gap between Chinese tradition and an increasingly globalized West."
In her first novel, Sun explores a cross-cultural love affair in the world of international business. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2007

"Splendidly researched and craftily written."
Documentary filmmaker Shuyun interviews aged veterans about their struggles against the Nationalists, the weather, the terrain and each other as she retraces the two-year, 8,000-mile trek that "remains the enduring emblem of China." Read full book review >

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RAIN by Amanda Sun
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 24, 2014

"Weak, formulaic romantic and supernatural plots are offset by rich, setting-driven subplots. (Japanese glossary, acknowledgments) (Paranormal romance. 12-17)"
Following Ink (2013), Katie and Tomohiro, a Kami (descendant of a Japanese god), cope with the danger he poses to her. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 16, 2013

"A suspect, although thought-provoking, alternative to Western-style wellness treatments that may contain the kernels of good advice."
A modern-day proponent of ancient Taoism provides a regimen that aims to dramatically extend one's life span. Read full book review >

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INK by Amanda Sun
by Amanda Sun, illustrated by Ross Siu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"For readers wanting a multicultural version of a familiar romantic storyline. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)"
An American girl falls in love with a being from Japanese mythology. Read full book review >

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SPRING'S FALL by Harambee K. Grey-Sun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2013

"A good choice for poetry readers who enjoy a challenge, but one that may frustrate those seeking a more immediate payoff."
An ambitious but convoluted coming-of-age epic in verse. Read full book review >