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Title The Hundred Secret Senses
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Random House Digital, Inc.
Release Date 1996
Category Fiction
Total Pages 406
ISBN 9780804111096
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Chinese-American Olivia Laguni has a battle of wills with her half-sister and lifelong nemesis, Kwan Li, whose haunting predictions and implementation of the secret senses link their family's struggles to the challenges of their ancestors. Reprint.

Title The Hundred Secret Senses
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 1995-10-17
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781101202944
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Hundred Secret Senses is an exultant novel about China and America, love and loyalty, the identities we invent and the true selves we discover along the way. Olivia Laguni is half-Chinese, but typically American in her uneasiness with her patchwork family. And no one in Olivia's family is more embarrassing to her than her half-sister, Kwan Li. For Kwan speaks mangled English, is cheerfully deaf to Olivia's sarcasm, and sees the dead with her "yin eyes." Even as Olivia details the particulars of her decades-long grudge against her sister (who, among other things, is a source of infuriatingly good advice), Kwan Li is telling her own story, one that sweeps us into the splendor, squalor, and violence of Manchu China. And out of the friction between her narrators, Amy Tan creates a work that illuminates both the present and the past sweetly, sadly, hilariously, with searing and vivid prose. "Truly magical...unforgettable...this novel...shimmer[s] with meaning."--San Diego Tribune "The Hundred Secret Senses doesn't simply return to a world but burrows more deeply into it, following new trails to fresh revelations."--Newsweek

Title The Hundred Secret Senses
Author Amy Tan
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Release Date 2012-06-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780007385690
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The international bestseller from the author of ‘The Joy Luck Club’ and ‘The Bonesetter’s Daughter’.

Title The Hundred Secret Senses
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2010
Category Fiction
Total Pages 358
ISBN 9780143119081
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A "New York Times" bestseller and a finalist for the Orange Prize for fiction, "The Hundred Secret Senses" is the wisest and most captivating novel Tan has written ("The Boston Globe").

Title The Bonesetter s Daughter
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2001-02-19
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781101202951
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A mother and daughter find what they share in their bones in this compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. Ruth Young and her widowed mother have always had a difficult relationship. But when she discovers writings that vividly describe her mother’s tumultuous life growing up in China, Ruth discovers a side of LuLing that she never knew existed. Transported to a backwoods village known as Immortal Heart, Ruth learns of secrets passed along by a mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; of a cave where dragon bones are mined; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World; and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal. Within the calligraphied pages awaits the truth about a mother's heart, secrets she cannot tell her daughter, yet hopes she will never forget... Conjuring the pain of broken dreams and the power of myths, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.

Title The Kitchen God s Wife
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2006-09-21
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781101007150
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With the same narrative skills and evocative powers that made her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, a national bestseller, Tan now tells the story of Winnie Louie, an aging Chinese woman unfolding a life's worth of secrets to her suspicious, Americanized daughter.

Title A Study Guide for Amy Tan s The Hundred Secret Senses
Author Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher Gale Cengage Learning
Release Date 2016-07-12
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 23
ISBN 9781410348692
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "The Hundred Secret Senses," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels 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 Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Title Saving Fish From Drowning
Author Amy Tan
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Release Date 2012-05-31
Category Fiction
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780007368778
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Please note that due to the limitations of some ereading devices, it was not possible to represent diacritical marks in this title. The highly anticipated novel from the bestselling author of ‘The Joy Luck Club’ and ‘The Bonesetter’s Daughter’.

Title The Opposite of Fate
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2003
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 398
ISBN 0399150749
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author reflects on her family's Chinese American legacy, her experiences as a writer, her survival of natural disasters, and her struggle to manage three family members afflicted with brain disease.

Title The Hundred Secret Senses
Author Amy Tan
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 1995
Category Chinese American women
Total Pages 358
ISBN 0002254700
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Amy Tan by E. D. Huntley

Title Amy Tan
Author E. D. Huntley
Publisher Greenwood
Release Date 1998
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 165
ISBN UOM:39015045656199
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Examines the works of the Chinese American author, describing her characters, narrative strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes

The Saint Louisans by Steven Clark

Title The Saint Louisans
Author Steven Clark
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-08-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 300
ISBN 1940442036
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Families, like cities, go through periods of birth, decay, and renewal.Things can get complicated when it all happens at once. When Margot Desouche, the powerful matriarch of one of Saint Louiss founding families, is diagnosed with cancer, she takes a keen interest in her hospice nurse, Lee Bridger. Lee is drawn to Margot, too, but between her boyfriend who keeps trying to save the architectural treasures of old Saint Louis and her daughter, a some-time actress and full-time con artist, Lee has troubles of her own. When Margots children ally with a volatile community activist and pledge to tear down Margos beloved historic mansion to make way for affordable housing, Margot cuts them out of her will and the battle lines are drawn. With the spectre of the vaunted Veiled Prophet Ball gone wrong and a mysterious Cahokian goddess looming over everything, the heirs apparentand not so apparentmust make peace before Margot draws her last breath. Author Steven Clark paints a poignant portrait of the often crazy, always complicated lives of families large and small, rich and poor. The Saint Louisans is at once a sad and funny study of human and urban death and renewal that evokes the work of Tennessee Williams and Sara Teasdale, two Saint Louisans who wanted to be buried at sea, but instead ended up interred in Saint Louis cemeteries.

Title The Joy Luck Club
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2006-09-21
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781101502730
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 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.

Title Where the Past Begins
Author Amy Tan
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2017-10-17
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780062319302
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir about finding meaning in life through acts of creativity and imagination In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals the ways that our memories and personal experiences can inform our creative work. Drawing on her vivid impressions of her upbringing, Tan investigates the truths and inspirations behind her writing while illuminating how we all explore, confront, and process complex memories, especially half-forgotten ones from childhood. With candor, empathy, and humor, Tan sheds light on her own writing process, sharing her hard-won insights on the nature of creativity and inspiration while exploring the universal urge to examine truth through the workings of imagination—and what that imaginative world tells us about our own lives. Where the Past Begins is both a unique look into the mind of an extraordinary storyteller and an indispensable guide for writers, artists, and other creative thinkers.

Mother by Claudia O'Keefe

Title Mother
Author Claudia O'Keefe
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 1996-05-01
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 349
ISBN 9780671529987
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An anthology of poems includes selections written by such writers as Mary Higgins Clark, Amy Tan, and Faye Kellerman

Title Where the Past Begins
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Fourth Estate
Release Date 2017
Category Asian American women
Total Pages 357
ISBN 0007585551
Language English, Spanish, and French
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By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gathers together evidence of all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia - the real reason behind an IQ test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother - and, for the first time publicly, she writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen.

The Moon Lady by Amy Tan

Title The Moon Lady
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1992-01
Category
Total Pages 32
ISBN 0241132797
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Nai-nai tells her granddaughters the story of her outing, as a seven-year-old girl in China, to see the Moon Lady and be granted a secret wish. Suggested level: primary.

Dreams Of Joy by Lisa See

Title Dreams of Joy
Author Lisa See
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2012-02-07
Category
Total Pages 448
ISBN 9781408826119
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Nineteen-year-old Joy Louie has run away from her home in 1950s America to start a new life in China. Idealistic and unafraid, she believes that Chairman Mao is on the side of the people, despite what her family keeps telling her. How can she trust them, when she has just learned that her parents have lied to her for her whole life, that her mother Pearl is really her aunt and that her real father is a famous artist who has been living in China all these years? Joy arrives in Green Dragon Village, where families live in crowded, windowless huts and eke out a meagre existence from the red soil. And where a handsome young comrade catches her eye... Meanwhile, Pearl returns to China to bring her daughter home - if she can. For Mao has launched his Great Leap Forward, and each passing season brings ever greater hardship to cities and rural communes alike. Joy must rely on her skill as a painter and Pearl must use her contacts from her decadent childhood in 1930s Shanghai to find a way to safety, and a chance of joy for them both. Haunting, passionate and heartbreakingly real, this is the unforgettable new novel by the internationally acclaimed Lisa See.

Title The Valley Of Amazement
Author Amy Tan
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 2013-11-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 608
ISBN 9781443410243
Language English, Spanish, and French
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New York Times bestseller The Valley of Amazement is an evocative epic of two women's intertwined fates and their search for identity—from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village. Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the daughter of the American madam of the city’s most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother and forced to become a “virgin courtesan.” Spanning more than forty years and two continents, Amy Tan’s newest novel maps the lives of three generations of women—and the mystery of an evocative painting known as “The Valley of Amazement.” Moving from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the growth of anti-foreign sentiment and the inner workings of courtesan houses, The Valley of Amazement interweaves the story of Violet, a celebrated Shanghai courtesan on a quest for both love and identity, and her mother, Lucia, an American woman whose search for penance leads them to an unexpected reunion. The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, legacies, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, reminiscent of the compelling territory Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Tan conjures up a story of inherited trauma, desire, deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.

Yellow Dog by Martin Amis

Title Yellow Dog
Author Martin Amis
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2010-07-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780307368300
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Brilliant, painful, dazzling, and funny as hell, Yellow Dog is Martin Amis’ highly anticipated first novel in seven years and a stunning return to the fictional form. When “dream husband” Xan Meo is vengefully assaulted in the garden of a London pub, he suffers head injury, and personality change. Like a spiritual convert, the familial paragon becomes an anti-husband, an anti-father. He submits to an alien moral system -- one among many to be found in these pages. We are introduced to the inverted worlds of the “yellow” journalist, Clint Smoker; the high priest of hardmen, Joseph Andrews; and the porno tycoon, Cora Susan. Meanwhile, we explore the entanglements of Henry England: his incapacitated wife, Pamela; his Chinese mistress, He Zhezun; his fifteen-year-old daughter, Victoria, the victim of a filmed “intrusion” that rivets the world -- because she is the future Queen of England, and her father, Henry IX, is its King. The connections between these characters provide the pattern and drive of Yellow Dog. If, in the 21st century, the moral reality is changing, then the novel is changing too, whether it likes it or not. Yellow Dog is a model of how the novel, or more particularly the comic novel, can respond to this transformation. But Martin Amis is also concerned here with what is changeless and perhaps unchangeable. Patriarchy, and the entire edifice of masculinity; the enormous category-error of violence, arising between man and man; the tortuous alliances between men and women; and the vanished dream (probably always an illusion, but now a clear delusion) that we can protect our future and our progeny. Meo heard no footsteps; what he heard was the swish, the shingly soft-shoe of the hefted sap. Then the sharp two-finger prod on his shoulder. It wasn’t meant to happen like this. They expected him to turn and he didn’t turn -- he half-turned, then veered and ducked. So the blow intended merely to break his cheekbone or his jawbone was instead received by the cranium, that spacey bulge (in this instance still quite marriageably forested) where so many delicate and important powers are so trustingly encased. He crashed, he crunched to his knees, in obliterating defeat. . . . -- from Yellow Dog