Search Results: "Thien Pham"


BOOK REVIEW

LEVEL UP by Gene Luen Yang
FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"A piquant, multilayered coming-of-age fable for the wired generation. (Graphic novel. 10 & up)"
Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother describes high-pressure parenting to produce high achievers; Yang explores the other side of the equation. Read full book review >

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SIMPLE RECIPES by Madeleine Thien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2002

"Truthful and suffused with quiet ache: a welcome collection, with the Asian background presented without exoticism, as a matter-of-fact part of North American life."
Seven spare, eloquent tales of family ties that fray but don't break the US debut of prizewinning Canadian author Thien, who draws occasionally on her family's Asian background but is first and foremost a perceptive, observant child of Vancouver. Read full book review >

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DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING by Madeleine Thien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Mythic yet realistic, panoramic yet intimate, intellectual yet romantic—Thien has written a concerto dauntingly complex and deeply haunting."
Shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize, Thien's ambitious saga explores the upheavals in Chinese politics from 1949 to the present through several generations of friends, family, and lovers whose intersecting destinies are upturned by the sweep of events. Read full book review >

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CERTAINTY by Madeleine Thien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2007

"The elegant prose and carefully rendered plot are almost too understated to convey the operatic emotions."
In her first novel, Thien (stories: Simple Recipes, 2002) intertwines a straightforward, though bittersweet, contemporary romance between a doctor and a journalist with the more complicated relationships between the journalist's Malaysian father and the two women he loved. Read full book review >

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DOGS AT THE PERIMETER by Madeleine Thien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A troubling, difficult read and a worthwhile addition to the growing body of work on the Cambodian holocaust."
Canadian Thien's second novel, newly released in the U.S. after Man Booker Prize finalist Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016), moves between present-day Canada and Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia as it explores the cost of surviving a genocide. Read full book review >

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A PIECE OF CAKE by LeUyen Pham
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"A treat of a birthday picture book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bringing his friend a birthday surprise isn't exactly a piece of cake for Mouse. Read full book review >

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ALL THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU by LeUyen  Pham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Disappointingly bland; Pham has done much better. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The Mommy-loves-her-young-'un genre is so jam-packed that new entries need to really shine in order to find a place, and this one doesn't. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR WHO WASN'T THERE by LeUyen Pham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Look—and laugh out loud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Where is Bear? Here, there, anywhere? Read full book review >

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BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER by LeUyen  Pham
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Pham offers a frothy fun tale that at its heart shows the depth and breadth of these relationships as something to be cherished. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Illustrator Pham's first foray into writing illuminates the complex and compelling world of sisterhood. Read full book review >

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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS LITTLE by LeUyen Pham
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"There is such a thing as little, after all, and can't it be just right? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pham's latest relies on readers' first understanding "little" as a synonym for "trivial" or "unimportant" and then resisting this implication by seeing good, significant things in small packages. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by LeUyen  Pham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A joyous visual feast. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little Caucasian boy and girl in 19th-century garb enact the familiar song. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Social learners and budding math lovers alike will find something awesome about this exceptional man. (Picture book/biography. 3-9)"
An exuberant and admiring portrait introduces the odd, marvelously nerdy, way cool Hungarian-born itinerant mathematical genius. Read full book review >