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The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan
  • ISBN Code: : 1101502738
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
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“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters, now the focus of a new documentary Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir on Netflix Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

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  • Pdf File: 喜福會-三十週年全新中譯本.pdf

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★ 三十週年‧全新中譯本 ★ ★ 收錄三十週年新版序 ★ 冠軍暢銷作家譚恩美成名作 ★ 襲捲歐美文壇,華裔文學代表作 ★《紐約時報》經典暢銷書 ★ 榮獲美國國家圖書獎、提名國家圖書評論家獎 ★ 同名電影由柏林影展銀熊獎得主王穎執導、金獎大導奧立佛‧史東監製,榮獲美國國家評論協會十佳電影獎 ★ 全球超過二十種語言版本 這就是我愛母親的方式。 我在她身上看見真正的自己,就藏在這身皮囊下,深入我的骨子裡。 四位來自中國各地的女性,逃離封閉社會與專制父權,遠渡重洋移居美國舊金山,紮根生子。她們創辦一起聊天、打麻將的聚會──喜福會,分享彼此對故鄉的回憶、對故人的失落、對未來的希望。 四個在美國出生的華人女兒,在美式文化與中式教育的衝突中成長,承受母親的期望與壓力。長大成人後,她們與母親重新展開對話,探尋母親背負一生、神祕多舛的過去。 四對母女傾訴各自的回憶與心聲,兩代的隔閡與矛盾無法用三言兩語理清,但她們漸漸看見了真正的彼此。無論心中有多少糾結,母女之間的愛依然跨越一切,深刻入骨。 全球盛讚 「對我而言,《喜福會》是我珍惜一輩子、一生難得一次的閱讀體驗。」──Kevin Kwan(關凱文),《瘋狂亞洲富豪》作者 「擁有神話般的魔力。」──《華盛頓郵報》 「文字優美,出類拔萃。」──《紐約時報》 「極富詩意、想像力、感染力,這本非凡的作品將感動無數女性。」──《出版人週刊》 「令人驚豔……《喜福會》帶給我們的世界令人目眩神迷。」──《洛杉磯時報》 「令人印象深刻……描寫了兩個世代間強烈的愛與誤解。」──《紐約客》 「強而有力的成就……豐富描寫現實生活中苦甜交織的矛盾。」──《紐約日報》 「非凡的處女作。每位女性倒敘講述著自己的故事,她們的女兒回憶在兩種文化中成長所遇到的問題,充滿了智慧、幽默、愛以及悲傷。」──《奧蘭多前哨報》 「身為美國人、女人、母親、女兒、妻子、姊妹與朋友是什麼樣子?在這本非凡處女作的十六個錯綜複雜、環環相扣的故事中,譚恩美描繪了這些令人煩惱,同時又充滿愛意的關係與羈絆。」──《舊金山紀事報》 「誠實、感人、充滿勇氣。譚恩美以前所未有的方式,向我們展示了中國、華裔女性與她們的家庭,以及母女之間謎一般的牽絆。」──艾麗絲˙華克,普立茲小說獎、美國國家圖書獎得主

Harvesting Hope

By Kathleen Krull
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0547544812
  • Total of Pages : 48
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 268
  • Pdf File: harvesting-hope.pdf

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In this Pura Belpre award–winning picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honree Yuyi Morales, acclaimed author Kathleen Krull celebrates Latinx civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. An inspirational book about resistance and hope. When Cesar Chavez led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that—maybe—he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.

Joy Luck Club - 101 Amazingly True Facts You Didn't Know

By G Whiz
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  • Publisher : 101BookFacts.com (pub-5999650418488591)
  • Book Code : 1310667519
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  • Pdf File: joy-luck-club-101-amazingly-true-facts-you-didn-t-know.pdf

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Did you know Tan was once featured in an episode of the Television show The Simpsons? Or, did you know while Tan was still a doctorate student at the University of California, Berkeley, her best friend and roommate was tragically murdered? What are the amazingly true facts behind Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan? Do you want to know the golden nuggets of facts readers love? If you've enjoyed the book, then this will be a must read delight for you! Collected for readers everywhere are 101 book facts about the book & author that are fun, down-to-earth, and amazingly true to keep you laughing and learning as you read through the book! Tips & Tricks to Enhance Reading Experience • Enter "G Whiz" after your favorite title to see if publication exists! ie) Harry Potter G Whiz • Enter "G Whiz 101" to search for entire catalogue! • If not found, request to have your choice created by using form on our website! • Combine your favorite titles to receive bundle coupons! • Write a review when you're done to hop on the list of contributors! “Get ready for fun, down-to-earth, and amazingly true facts that keeps you learning as you read through the book” - G Whiz DISCLAIMER: Although the Author and Publisher strived to be accurate and verify all contributions by readers, due to the nature of research this publication should not be deemed as an authoritative source and no content should be used for citation purposes. All facts come with source URLS for further reading. This publication is meant for entertainment purposes to provide the best collection of facts possible. Refined and tested for quality, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.

Literature and Racial Ambiguity

By Teresa Hubel,Neil Edward Brooks
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042014282
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 393
  • Pdf File: literature-and-racial-ambiguity.pdf

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Two Huron U. College English professors introduce 14 essays reading literary explorations of how the "hybridity" (per black- white Scottish writer Jackie Kay) of mixed race permutations subvert established racial categories and racist assumptions. Readings include: Nella Larsen's Passing, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Mourning Dove's Cogewea: The Half-Blood, Toni Morrison's Paradise, and Adib Kalim's Seasonal Adjustments. Lacks an index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

New Visions of Community in Contemporary American Fiction

By Magali Cornier Michael
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  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Book Code : 1587297396
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 143
  • Pdf File: new-visions-of-community-in-contemporary-american-fiction.pdf

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In this engaging, optimistic close reading of five late twentieth-century novels by American women, Magali Cornier Michael illuminates the ways in which their authors engage with ideas of communal activism, common commitment, and social transformation. The fictions she examines imagine coalition building as a means of moving toward new forms of nonhierarchical justice; for ethnic cultures that, as a result of racist attitudes, have not been assimilated, power with each other rather than power over each other is a collective goal.Michael argues that much contemporary American fiction by women offers models of care and nurturing that move away from the private sphere toward the public and political. Specifically, texts by women from such racially marked ethnic groups as African American, Asian American, Native American, and Mexican American draw from the rich systems of thought, histories, and experiences of these hybrid cultures and thus offer feminist and ethical revisions of traditional concepts of community, coalition, subjectivity, and agency.Focusing on Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, Ana Castillo’s So Far from God, and Toni Morrison’s Paradise, Michael shows that each writer emphasizes the positive, liberating effects of kinship and community. These hybrid versions of community, which draw from other-than-dominant culturally specific ideas and histories, have something to offer Americans as the United States moves into an increasingly diverse twenty-first century. Michael provides a rich lens through which to view both contemporary fiction and contemporary life.

China Boy

By Gus Lee
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101664746
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 283
  • Pdf File: china-boy.pdf

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“What a knockout. An incredibly rich and new voice or American literature… China Boy grabs the reader’s heart and won’t let go… A wonder of a story.”—Amy Tan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club Kai Ting is the only American-born son of a Shanghai family that fled China during Mao’s revolution. Growing up in a San Francisco multicultural, low-income neighborhood, Kai is caught between two worlds—embracing neither the Chinese nor the American way to life. After his mother’s death, Kai is suddenly plunged into American culture by his stepmother, who tries to erase every vestige of China from the household. Warm, funny and deeply moving, China Boy is an account of how a brave friend on the street and a former pro boxing coach equip Kai to navigate through broken family relationships and the perils of growing up in America to find the triumph and richness of developing a new and complex American identity.

Amy Tan

By Mary Ellen Snodgrass
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476602603
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 874
  • Pdf File: amy-tan.pdf

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In the mid–1980s, Amy Tan was a successful but unhappy corporate speechwriter. By the end of the decade, she was perched firmly atop the best-seller lists with The Joy Luck Club, with more popular novels to follow. Tan’s work—once pigeonholed as ethnic literature—resonates with universal themes that cross cultural and ideological boundaries, and prove wildly successful with readers of all stripes. Tender, sincere, complex, honest and uncompromising in its portrayal of Chinese culture and its affect on women, Amy Tan’s work earned her both praise and excoriation from critics, adoration from fans, and a place as one of America’s most notable modern writers. This reference work introduces and summarizes Amy Tan’s life, her body of literature, and her characters. The main text is comprised of entries covering characters, dates, historical figures and events, allusions, motifs and themes from her works. The entries combine critical insights with generous citations from primary and secondary sources. Each entry concludes with a selected bibliography. There is also a chronology of Tan’s family history and her life. Appendices provide an overlapping timeline of historical and fictional events in Tan’s work; a glossary of foreign terms found in her writing; and a list of related writing and research topics. An extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index accompany the text.

A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "Two Kinds"

By Gale, Cengage Learning
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  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Book Code : 1410361403
  • Total of Pages : 18
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 400
  • Pdf File: a-study-guide-for-amy-tan-s-two-kinds.pdf

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A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "Two Kinds," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "Rules of the Game"

By Gale, Cengage Learning
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  • Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Book Code : 1410357074
  • Total of Pages : 24
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 212
  • Pdf File: a-study-guide-for-amy-tan-s-rules-of-the-game.pdf

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A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "Rules of the Game," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

China Fictions, English Language

By A. Robert Lee
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9042023511
  • Total of Pages : 350
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 411
  • Pdf File: china-fictions-english-language.pdf

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The world is anything but unfamiliar with diaspora: Jewish, African, Armenian, Roma-Gipsy, Filipino/a, Tamil, Irish or Italian, even Japanese. But few have carried so global a resonance as that of China. What, then, of literary-cultural expression, the huge body of fiction which has addressed itself to that plurality of lives and geographies and which has come to be known as “After China”? This collection of essays offers bearings on those written in English, and in which both memory and story are central, spanning the USA to Australia, Canada to the UK, Hong Kong to Singapore, with yet others of more transnational nature.This collection opens with a reprise of woman-authored Chinese American fiction using Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan as departure points. In turn follow readings of the oeuvres of Tan and Frank Chin. A comparative essay takes up novels by Canadian, American and Australian authors from the perspective of migrancy as fracture. Chinese Canada comes into view in accounts of SKY Lee, Wayson Choy, Evelyn Lau and Larissa Lai. Australia under Chinese literary auspices is given a comparative mapping through the fiction of Brian Castro and Ouyang Yu. The English language “China fiction” of Singapore and Hong Kong is located in essays centred, respectively, on Martin Booth and Po Wah Lam, and Hwee Hwee Tan and Colin Cheong. The collection rounds out with portraits of Timothy Mo as British transnational author, a selection of contextual Chinese British stories and art, and the phenomenon of “Chinese Chick Lit” novels. China Fictions/English Language will be of interest to readers drawn both to “After China” as diasporic literary heritage and comparative literature in general.

The Opposite of Fate

By Amy Tan
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101200413
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement and the new memoir, Where the Past Begins Amy Tan has touched millions of readers with haunting and sympathetic novels of cultural complexity and profound empathy. With the same spirit and humor that characterize her acclaimed novels, she now shares her insight into her own life and how she escaped the curses of her past to make a future of her own. She takes us on a journey from her childhood of tragedy and comedy to the present day and her arrival as one of the world's best-loved novelists. Whether recalling arguments with her mother in suburban California or introducing us to the ghosts that inhabit her computer, The Opposite of Fate offers vivid portraits of choices, attitudes, charms, and luck in action--a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we all face today.

Diasporic Representations

By Pin-chia Feng
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  • Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
  • Book Code : 3643108311
  • Total of Pages : 199
  • Category : History
  • Members : 635
  • Pdf File: diasporic-representations.pdf

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Diasporic Representations examines the stratification of various diasporic subjectivities through a close reading of fiction by Chinese American women writers of different social and class backgrounds. Deploying a strategy of “attentive reading,” Feng engages intersecting issues of historicity, spatiality, and bodily imagination from diasporic and feminist perspectives to illuminate the dynamics of deterritorialization and reterritorialization in Chinese American novels in this transnational age.

Mirrors and Mirages

By Monia Mazigh
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  • Publisher : House of Anansi
  • Book Code : 1770893601
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 747
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In the spirit of Amy Tan’s international bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club, Mirrors and Mirages is an intricately woven, deftly told story that follows the lives of women and their daughters. In Mirrors and Mirages, Monia Mazigh lets us into the lives of six women. They are immigrant mothers — Emma, Samia, and Fauzia — guardians of tradition who want their daughters to enjoy freedom in Western society. They are daughters — Lama, Sally, and Louise, a young woman who converted to Islam for love — university students who are clever and computer savvy. They decide for themselves whether or not to wear a veil, or niqab. Gradually, these women cross paths, and, without losing their authenticity, they become friends and rivals, mirrors and mirages of each other.

Transnational Matrilineage

By Silvia Schultermandl
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  • Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
  • Book Code : 3825812626
  • Total of Pages : 234
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 816
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Transnational Matrilineage offers a novel approach to Asian American literature, including texts by Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Mei Ng, Nora Okja Keller and Vineeta Vijayaragahavan, with particular attention to depictions of transnational solidarity (that is the sense of community between women of different cultures or cultural affiliations) between Asian-born mothers and their American-born daughters. While focusing on the mother-daughter conflicts these texts portray, this book also contributes to ongoing debates in transnational feminism by scrutinizing the representation of Asia in Asian American literature.

The American Short Story Handbook

By James Nagel
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1118902122
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 506
  • Pdf File: the-american-short-story-handbook.pdf

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This is a concise yet comprehensive treatment of the American short story that includes an historical overview of the topic as well as discussion of notable American authors and individual stories, from Benjamin Franklin’s “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker” in 1747 to “The Joy Luck Club”. Includes a selection of writers chosen not only for their contributions of individual stories but for bodies of work that advanced the boundaries of short fiction, including Washington Irving, Sarah Orne Jewett, Stephen Crane, Jamaica Kincaid, and Tim O’Brien Addresses the ways in which American oral storytelling and other narrative traditions were integral to the formation and flourishing of the short story genre Written in accessible and engaging prose for students at all levels by a renowned literary scholar to illuminate an important genre that has received short shrift in scholarly literature of the last century Includes a glossary defining the most common terms used in literary history and in critical discussions of fiction, and a bibliography of works for further study

Teacher Educators as Critical Storytellers

By Antonio L. Ellis,Nicholas D. Hartlep,Gloria Ladson-Billings,David O. Stovall,Leslie T. Fenwick,Dawn G. Williams
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  • Publisher : Teachers College Press
  • Book Code : 0807779466
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  • Category : Education
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This volume contends that effective teachers should reflect the student population in racial and cultural terms. Employing a critical storytelling framework, respected scholars from diverse backgrounds share the teaching practices of influential teachers that they learned from. Each storyteller identifies key concepts and principles that explain why the selected teacher was so memorably effective. Contributors: Judy A. Alston • Roslyn Clark Artis • Aimeé I. Cepeda • Theodore Chao • Antonio L. Ellis • Ramon B. Goings • Lisa Maria Grillo • Nicholas D. Hartlep • Jameson D. Lopez • Shawn Anthony Robinson • Theresa Stewart-Ambo • Amanda R. Tachine • Dawn G. Williams “Each chapter offers an intimate view of what it feels like to be taught by a teacher who affirms to the student: You belong here.” —Leslie T. Fenwick, AACTE “Compellingly weaves together the voices and experiences of a diverse group of authors who dare to write toward and for freedom.” —H. Richard Milner IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education, Vanderbilt “For those who teach teachers, and for teachers everywhere, this book will serve as an invaluable resource and a source of inspiration for what can be achieved in the classroom.” —Pedro A. Noguera, Distinguished Professor and the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean, USC Rossier School of Education