Search Results: "Wang Shuo"


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PLEASE DON’T CALL ME HUMAN by Wang Shuo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"It's over the top, all right, but it's also a hoot."
The maverick Chinese author of Playing for Thrills (1997) has made even more enemies in his homeland with this abrasive and furiously imaginative satire on China's haughty traditionalism, reverence for elders, and obsession with "saving face," among other national traits. Read full book review >

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PLAYING FOR THRILLS by Wang Shuo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"But American readers may well just be reminded of Paco Ignacio Taibo's absurdist Mexican melodramas, or Stella Duffy's British punkers."
It's no wonder that Fang Yan can't remember who the eighth person was at dinner that night. Read full book review >

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THE TAKEDOWN by Corrie Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thought-provoking, entertaining read, Wang's debut illustrates a future that is easily conceivable. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A fresh take on a tired high school trope. Read full book review >

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LILI by Annie Wang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2001

"A moving and well-crafted tale, written over the course of ten years, that successfully melds the fictional Lili with China's recent history. Not an easy task."
Wang's first novel written in English: a compelling account of the emotional and political awakening of a tormented young Chinese woman who grew up during the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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FOREIGN DEVIL by Wang Ping
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"A litany of horrors faced down by a true-grit heroine, narrated in a fashion too hectic, cool, and distant to be affecting."
Chinese poet and storywriter Wang (American Visa, 1994), based in the US since 1985, offers a vivid if overstuffed debut novel of life and love in Red China. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN VISA by Wang Ping
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The only thing missing here is drama."
This volume of interconnected stories, part of Coffee House's series by Asian-American writers, introduces a young Chinese immigrant. Read full book review >

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THE LAST COMMUNIST VIRGIN by Wang Ping
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Thorough and thought-provoking."
Seven interconnected stories chronicle the multifaceted, often ugly life of the 21st-century Chinese immigrant. Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN OF EMPRESS CASSIA by Gabrielle Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Hinting of a spell of unearthly enchantment with its mystical healing garden and the good-hearted artist that creates it, this effort offers promise but ultimately is more charcoal sketch than pastel panorama. (Magical realism. 9-12)"
Using a box of enchanted pastels, 12-year-old Chinese-Australian Mimi Lu creates a fantasy garden with supernatural properties. Read full book review >

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E.T.A. <i>HOFFMANN'S THE NUTCRACKER</i> by Jack Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A sweet stocking stuffer. (Board book. 2-4)"
The holiday favorite gets the Cozy Classics treatment. Read full book review >

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BROCADE VALLEY by Wang Anyi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 1992

"A writer to watch."
From Chinese writer Wang Anyi (Lapse of Time, 1988; Baotown, 1989): a lyrical and emotionally intense account of a contemporary young woman whose life is shaped by a numbing sameness of work and home. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"May be of great value to those interested in the history of Chinese studies in America and/or the Library of Congress."
Wang offers his account of his tenure as head of the Chinese collection of the Library of Congress. Read full book review >

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THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE by Annie Wang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Despite occasional passages of stilted dialogue, this is a charming collection of modern fables that offer an intriguing glimpse into a world where modernity has arrived with a bang."
Dishing dirt: It's a way of life for fashion-forward city girls in modern China. Read full book review >