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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 >

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SNOW FALLING IN SPRING by Moying Li
HISTORY
Released: March 19, 2008

"Combined with The Diary of Ma Yan (2005), readers can begin to know about education and life in modern China. (chronology, glossary) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
When Li was 12 years old, the Chinese Cultural Revolution began and changed life in that nation. Read full book review >

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A TOWER FOR THE SUMMER HEAT by Li Yu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Subtle comedies of marriage and Chinese society, these give charming evidence of a true master's touch, easily bridging more than 300 years to be fresh and vibrant today."
A spirited, enchanting collection of stories from the 17th- century Chinese playwright and raconteur in a vivid translation, the first in English: a fitting companion to Li Yu's acclaimed erotic satire The Carnal Prayer Mat (1990). Read full book review >

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BUG DETECTIVE by Maggie Li
by Maggie Li, illustrated by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"For readers who can get beyond the use of the generic 'bug,' this could be an engaging invitation to explore the world of small creatures. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Curious facts about familiar invertebrates are packaged with a magnifying glass for extended observations. Read full book review >