Search Results: "Xiao Bai"


BOOK REVIEW

FRENCH CONCESSION by Xiao Bai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A strained historical crime yarn whose central gumshoe is much too flat-footed."
Shanghai between the world wars provides the backdrop for a photographer embroiled in an underworld of gangsters, gunrunners, Communist insurgents, and two bewitching women. Read full book review >

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ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Hart once said that obsessive scrutiny of sex as an indicator of character would give America the politicians it deserved. In this probing narrative, Bai comes to another dismal conclusion: It would give America the news coverage it deserved—entertainment-driven, dominated by shallow pundits, and bereft of intellect and ideas."
A new look at a scandal that changed American politics. Read full book review >

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Cloud at Dawn by Yun Xiao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2016

"An often moving story of recovery and rebirth, but one that's weighed down by excessive detail and dialogue."
A survivor of a traumatic brain injury traces the path of a woman's life before and after an accident in Xiao's debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE REMOTE COUNTRY OF WOMEN by Bai Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"A lyrical work, both tragic and uplifting."
Two people's vastly different experiences during the Cultural Revolution are the subject of this beautiful, sad novel by an internationally renowned Chinese writer and dissident not previously published in English. Read full book review >

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FREE AS A CLOUD by Bai Bing
by Bai Bing, illustrated by Yu Rong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Perhaps 'Sweetie' would more aptly be named 'Bittersweet.' (Picture book. 2-7)"
A bird learns the value of freedom in this import from China via Australia. Read full book review >

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THE OLD ANIMALS’ FOREST BAND by Sirish Rao
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A highly successful blend of text and illustrations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A delightful adaptation sets the Brothers Grimm's "Bremen Town Musicians" in the Indian countryside. Read full book review >

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THE CHURKI-BURKI BOOK OF RHYME by Gita Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"An intriguing and refreshing look at a faraway place. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a Central Indian village, Churki and Burki, two young sisters, help their parents and play near their house. Read full book review >

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THE ABACUS CONTEST by Priscilla Wu
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

Stories about life in modern Taiwan, each centered on one of six children in the same class, and each intended to convey information about the culture as well as to make a moral point. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A fine story hour choice. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
An American anthropologist of Basque descent retells a story remembered from his childhood. Read full book review >

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WOMEN OF THE LONG MARCH by Lily Xiao Hong Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"This intimate look at women in Red China should not be missed."
A moving, even-handed account of three Chinese women who were part of the Communist vanguard in the 1930s. Read full book review >

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THE FROG AND THE BOY by Mao Xiao
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Little ones will have fun mimicking the characters without realizing they're learning Chinese at the same time. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 3-8)"
Who knew a human boy and a frog could have so much in common? Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"Young readers may enjoy the story, but will likely skip the orthographic history and the vague suggestions for follow-up activities at the end. (Picture book. 7-9)"
This confusing foray into Chinese writing pairs a dreamy narrative illustrated with handsome linocut and painted-paper collage scenes with small representations of selected characters' supposed evolution from pictogram to (simplified) modern form. Read full book review >