Search Results: "Yiyun Li"


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DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE by Yiyun Li
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature."
A Chinese-American fiction writer offers an intimate memoir of "darkest despair." Read full book review >

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KINDER THAN SOLITUDE by Yiyun Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Li's chilly, philosophical storytelling offers layers of unsettling yet impressive insight into family legacies and cultural dynamics."
The lives of three teenage Chinese friends, irreversibly altered by the horrible, lingering poisoning of an older girl, are the subject of the bleak yet penetrating novel from PEN/Hemingway award winner Li. Read full book review >

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GOLD BOY, EMERALD GIRL by Yiyun Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Further proof that Li deserves to be considered among the best living fiction writers."
A stellar assortment of stories about struggles to escape and connect in contemporary China. Read full book review >

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THE VAGRANTS by Yiyun Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A complex, downbeat, ultimately admirable tale of a cloaked portion of Chinese history."
A harrowing portrait of a woman's execution by an oppressive Chinese regime, and how her death affects an entire provincial town. Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS by Yiyun Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Some ungainly plotting, but the author is one to watch."
The state bears down on the Chinese characters in this story collection, Chinese-American Li's debut. Read full book review >

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NAKED EARTH by Eileen Chang
by Eileen Chang, introduction by Yiyun Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"Chang's novel can be less than subtle at times, but its description of small compromises and grand despair are both affecting and compelling."
Love is tested against revolutionary intrigue during China's Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS LI / LA PRINCESA LI by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"While it is rare and refreshing to see a lesbian couple appear in a picture book outside the context of motherhood, the love affair between Li and Beatrice isn't likely to extend to their readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This bilingual Spanish/English picture book celebrates an interracial love affair between two women. Read full book review >

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LI JUN AND THE IRON ROAD by Anne Tait
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"The concept is full of promise, but the product ultimately disappoints. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Since her father left China to work years ago on building a Canadian railroad, then disappeared, teenager Li Jun tries to fulfill a promise made to her dying mother to find him. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING DINOSAUR DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Dinosaur fans will have no trouble digging up better surveys. (glossary, quiz) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A barrage of dino names and facts, with fanciful cartoon illustrations. Read full book review >

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BIG CITY EXPLORER by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Problematic for libraries due to the detachable token, but like Mary Javins' 3-D World Atlas and Tour (2008), the gimmick isn't indispensable to the journey. (review quizzes) (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A penguin guide conducts prospective tourists on a whirlwind flight over 28 world cities. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An inviting introduction for curious children from pre-K through early elementary school, but unfamiliar terms may require a little extra interpretation. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Colorful schematic illustrations and miniature detectives introduce major body parts. Read full book review >