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Empress Orchid

By Anchee Min
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  • Publisher : HMH
  • Isbn : 0547347200
  • Pages : 364
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 693
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“A fascinating novel, similar to Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha . . . A revisionist portrait of a beautiful and strong-willed woman” (Houston Chronicle). A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year From Anchee Min, a master of the historical novel, Empress Orchid sweeps readers into the heart of the Forbidden City to tell the fascinating story of a young concubine who becomes China’s last empress. Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, and weaves an epic of a country girl who seized power through seduction, murder, and endless intrigue. When China is threatened by enemies, she alone seems capable of holding the country together. In this “absorbing companion piece to her novel Becoming Madame Mao”, readers and reading groups will once again be transported by Min’s lavish evocation of the Forbidden City in its last days of imperial glory and by her brilliant portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived, and ultimately dominated, a male world (The New York Times). “Superb . . . [an] unforgettable heroine.” —People “A sexually charged, eye-opening portrayal of the Chinese empire . . . with heart-wrenching scenes of desperate failure and a sensuality that rises off its heated pages.” —Elle

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  • File Pdf: the-cooked-seed.pdf

Book Summary:

In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as a successful, critically acclaimed author. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter, an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path. It is a hard and lonely road. She teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, lives in unheated rooms, suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces.But she also gives birth to her daughter, Lauryann, who will inspire her and finally root her in her new country. Min's eventual successes-her writing career, a daughter at Stanford, a second husband she loves-are remarkable, but it is her struggle throughout toward genuine selfhood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal.

The Welsh Girl

By Peter Ho Davies
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Isbn : 0547524900
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 351
  • File Pdf: the-welsh-girl.pdf

Book Summary:

A WWII-era Welsh barmaid begins a secret relationship with a German POW in this “beautiful, ambitious novel” longlisted for the Man Booker Prize (Ann Patchett). Set in the stunning landscape of North Wales just after D-Day, this critically acclaimed debut novel traces the intersection of disparate lives in wartime. When a prisoner-of-war camp is established near her village, seventeen-year-old barmaid Esther Evans finds herself strangely drawn to the camp and its forlorn captives. She is exploring the camp boundary when an astonishing thing occurs: A young German corporal calls out to her from behind the fence. From that moment on, the two begin an unlikely—and perilous—romance. Meanwhile, a German-Jewish interrogator travels to Wales to investigate Britain’s most notorious Nazi prisoner, Rudolf Hess. In this richly drawn and thought-provoking “tour de force,” all will come to question the meaning of love, family, loyalty, and national identity (The New Yorker). “If you loved The English Patient, there’s probably a place in your heart for The Welsh Girl.” —USA Today “Davies’s characters are marvelously nuanced.” —Los Angeles Times “Beautifully conjures a place and its people, in an extraordinary time . . . A rare gem.” —Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs “This first novel by Davies, author of two highly praised short story collections, has been anticipated—and, with its wonderfully drawn characters, it has been worth the wait.” —Booklist, starred review

Becoming Madame Mao

By Anchee Min
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Isbn : 0547347014
  • Pages : 355
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 483
  • File Pdf: becoming-madame-mao.pdf

Book Summary:

From the national bestselling author of Red Azalea: “Extraordinary . . . Min lets [Madame Mao] be seen as never before. Bottom line: riveting” (People). In a sweeping, erotically charged story, Anchee Min creates a finely nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating, and vilified, women of the twentieth century. Madame Mao is almost universally known as the “white-boned demon”—ambitious, vindictive, and cruel—whose bid to succeed her husband led to the death of millions. But Anchee Min’s story begins with a young girl named Yunhe, the unwanted daughter of a concubine who ignored her mother’s pleas and refused to have her feet bound. It was the first act of rebellion for this headstrong, beautiful, and charismatic girl, who would find fame as an actress in Shanghai, and later fall in love and marry Mao Zedong. The great revolutionary leader proved to be an inattentive husband with a voracious appetite for infidelity, but the couple stayed together through the Communist victory, the disastrous Great Leap Forward, and the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. Min uses historical facts and her lush, penetrating psychological imagination to take us beyond the myth of the person who so greatly influenced an entire generation of Chinese. The result is a complex portrait of a woman who railed against the confines of her culture, whose deep-seated insecurities propelled her to reinvent herself constantly, and whose ambition was matched only by her ferocious, never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. “Sheer poetry.” —The Wall Street Journal “A magnificent book: consequential, significant, beautiful . . . The true heroine is writer Anchee Min.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 8 (manga)

By Kumo Kagyu
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Yen Press LLC
  • Isbn : 197531395X
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reads : 922
  • File Pdf: goblin-slayer-vol-8.pdf

Book Summary:

On the night of the Harvest Festival, armies of goblins creep toward the city from all directions, held back only by Goblin Slayer's ruthless traps and reliable party members. Yet everything the adventurers are fighting to protect is threatened with destruction when the goblins' leader finally summons part of the ancient monster known as Hecatoncheir, the Hundred-Handed Giant. Is this a spell that can best even the Goblin Slayer...?!

The Creative Curve

By Allen Gannett
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Currency
  • Isbn : 1524761729
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 964
  • File Pdf: the-creative-curve.pdf

Book Summary:

Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field. We have been spoon-fed the notion that creativity is the province of genius -- of those favored, brilliant few whose moments of insight arrive in unpredictable flashes of divine inspiration. And if we are not a genius, we might as well pack it in and give up. Either we have that gift, or we don’t. But Allen shows that simply isn’t true. Recent research has shown that there is a predictable science behind achieving commercial success in any creative endeavor, from writing a popular novel to starting up a successful company to creating an effective marketing campaign. As the world’s most creative people have discovered, we are enticed by the novel and the familiar. By understanding the mechanics of what Gannett calls “the creative curve” – the point of optimal tension between the novel and the familiar – everyone can better engineer mainstream success. In a thoroughly entertaining book that describes the stories and insights of everyone from the Broadway team behind Dear Evan Hansen, to the founder of Reddit, from the Chief Content Officer of Netflix to Michelin star chefs, Gannett reveals the four laws of creative success and identifies the common patterns behind their achievement.

The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction

By Jennifer S. Baker
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : American Library Association
  • Isbn : 083891165X
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 480
  • File Pdf: the-readers-advisory-guide-to-historical-fiction.pdf

Book Summary:

Whether set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age, or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. The definitive resource for librarians and other book professionals, this guideProvides an overview of historical fiction’s roots, highlighting foundational classics, and explores the genre in terms of its scope and styleCovers the latest and most popular authors and titlesDiscusses appeal characteristics and shows how librarians can use a reader's favorite qualities to make suggestionsIncludes lists of recommendations, with a compendium of print and web-based resourcesOffers marketing tips for getting the word out to readersEmphasizing an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focusing on what fans enjoy, this guide provides a fresh take on a durable genre.

Wild Ginger

By Anchee Min
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Isbn : 0547349378
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 975
  • File Pdf: wild-ginger.pdf

Book Summary:

Two girls come of age during the horrors of China’s Cultural Revolution in this novel by the national bestselling author of Empress Orchid. The young and beautiful Wild Ginger is only in elementary school, but has already survived hell through her sheer iron will. Singled out by the Red Guards for her “foreign-colored eyes,” she has seen her deceased father branded a traitor and her mother commit suicide under the oppressive weight of persecution. But the young Wild Ginger will not allow herself to be taken down. Nor will she turn her back on other martyrs—like sweet Maple, daughter of a teacher of Chinese history, survivor of a labor camp, and victim of daily brutal beatings by a gang girl called Hot Pepper. While the two become fast friends over their shared ostracism, it is Wild Ginger who will take her Maoist principles to the extreme, becoming no less than a national model for the revolutionary Communist doctrine. But when both self-possessed young girls begin to feel a prohibited romantic love for the same boy, all three of them will face mortal danger. In this novel, the author of Pearl of China and the New York Times Notable Book Red Azalea “continues her extraordinarily acute inquiry into the wounded psyches of martyrs…and survivors of China's horrific Cultural Revolution… As in all her unsparing, compelling, and transcendent books, Min discerns both the vulnerability and strength of individuals and, more disturbingly, unveils the eroticism of pain. Given our own times, Min's taut and compassionate tale of oppressed teenagers kept in ignorance of the wider world, children brainwashed into performing acts of violence and self-destruction, is especially urgent.”—Booklist

Thousand Pieces of Gold

By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Isbn : 0807093742
  • Pages : 216
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 793
  • File Pdf: thousand-pieces-of-gold.pdf

Book Summary:

Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

The Phyllis A. Whitney Collection Volume One

By Phyllis A. Whitney
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Isbn : 1504052064
  • Pages : 930
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 860
  • File Pdf: the-phyllis-a-whitney-collection-volume-one.pdf

Book Summary:

Three spellbinding romantic thrillers from the New York Times–bestselling and Edgar Award–winning “master of suspense” (Mary Higgins Clark). Now in one volume: Three of the most haunting novels by the “queen of the American gothics” (The New York Times). Hunter’s Green: When Eve North returns to Athmore, it’s to win back the love of her estranged husband, Justin. But she’s dangerously unaware of the secrets in the sprawling English estate—and the motives of those who protect them, including Justin’s brother, who once preyed on Eve’s emotions; Justin’s manipulative new fiancée; and Justin himself. Eve’s only ally appears to be the old family gardener who has carved from the green-black yew a magnificent chessboard, both a topiary masterpiece and a warning. Dream of Orchids: Laurel York has come to Key West at the request of her estranged father, expecting to heal old wounds with the celebrated author. Instead, she’s greeted with the unexpected: her father’s cold reception, two weird stepsisters, and whispers of a woman’s bizarre death in a greenhouse full of orchids. The only one pleased with her presence is her father’s mysterious collaborator. But in a house of bad blood and family secrets, trusting the wrong person could cost Laurel her life. The Winter People: Manhattan art curator Diana Blake is looking forward to finally meeting her husband Glen’s family. Unfortunately, when she arrives at the lakeside Victorian mansion in the snowy Jersey hills, the greeting is as ice-cold as the frozen Gray Rocks Lake where Glen’s mother mysteriously drowned. But it’s Glen’s twin sister who casts the most sinister shadow. Because it’s here in dark halls of High Towers, where a strange sibling rivalry will draw Diana into a chilling and inescapable game of family secrets. This trio of atmospheric psychological thrillers once again proves why Phyllis A. Whitney “is, and always will be, the Grand Master of her craft” (Barbara Michaels).

Beautiful Medical Princess

By Liu QiQi
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Funstory
  • Isbn : 1649918682
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 443
  • File Pdf: beautiful-medical-princess.pdf

Book Summary:

He was a prince, and he held great power within his grasp. With a flip of his hand, he turned the clouds into rain, and an ancient jade allowed them to walk together. With one killing, the other saving, who would be the final winner?

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition

By Joyce G. Saricks
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : American Library Association
  • Isbn : 0838990630
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 718
  • File Pdf: the-readers-advisory-guide-to-genre-fiction-second-edition.pdf

Book Summary:

Experienced librarian and coach Ruth Metz outlines a focused and results-oriented plan for achieving the best results from staff members through a coaching style of management.