Search Results: "Susan Choi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FOREIGN STUDENT by Susan Choi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The result is deserving of praise, and the author of encouragement."
An uneven first novel that elegantly details the love story of two young people, a Korean student and a southern beauty, whose earlier lives have been shaped by war and obsession. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN WOMAN by Susan Choi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2003

"Earnest but disappointing."
An ambitious version of the Patty Hearst story: the result is intellectually provocative and vividly imagined but weighed down by its intentions. Read full book review >

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MY EDUCATION by Susan Choi
Released: July 1, 2013

"There seems to be a happy ending here, though it's hard to be certain for whom."
The sexual initiation of a graduate student, who learns how much she does not know, in a novel that somehow feels both overstuffed (style) and undernourished (substance). Read full book review >

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A PERSON OF INTEREST by Susan Choi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2008

"Lee's soul is too small to carry the novel, despite the author's astute observations."
Choi (The Foreign Student, 1998, etc.) draws on the Unabomber case for her awkward third novel, about a campus bombing and a beleaguered Asian-American professor. Read full book review >

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PEACH HEAVEN by Yangsook Choi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2005

"Yangsook's vision of peace and harmony mirrors Choi's personal experiences, and her thoughtful main character embodies the same pensive tone found in the soft brownish-greenish peachy palate, making the whole experience one tasty bite. (Picture book. 7-8)"
Yangsook believes that peach orchards in her part of Korea are the best part of Puchon, because a peach garden is a piece of heaven. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE MASK by Yangsook Choi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"A unique look at Halloween, this is a comforting story about death and some of the traditions of Korean culture. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Just before Halloween, while looking through his late grandfather's things, Kimin recalls a time in Korea, when, late at night, he saw his grandfather, his face grotesque and distorted. Read full book review >

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NEW CAT by Yangsook Choi
Released: March 8, 1999

"Choi's tale is unique and refreshing in its setting and subject; in the pictures, she mixes soft colored surfaces with hard black lines and abrupt angles to vivid effect. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This may be the first appearance in a US picture book of tofu in a starring role, in a charming solo outing from the illustrator of Milly Lee's Nim and the War Effort (1997). Mr. Kim assigns New Cat the job of patrolling his tofu factory, searching for mice. Read full book review >

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THE NAME JAR by Yangsook Choi
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2001

"The paintings are done in creamy, earth-tone oils and augment the story nicely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unhei has just left her Korean homeland and come to America with her parents. Read full book review >

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YEAR OF IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES by Sook Nyul Choi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A moving fictionalized account of Choi's last months as a child in Pyongyang under the brutal Japanese rule that oppressed Korea for more than 30 years before 1945, and her harrowing escape with her seven-year-old brother south across the 38th parallel. Read full book review >

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ECHOES OF THE WHITE GIRAFFE by Sook Nyul Choi
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

In a sequel to the autobiographical Year of Impossible Goodbyes (1991, ALA Notable), Sookan, now 15, is again a refugee. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN WIDOW by Alissa Torres
by Alissa Torres, illustrated by Choi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"Muted outrage produces muted results."
A graphic memoir renders the trials of being a 9/11 widow. Read full book review >