Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Dai Sijie, and published in 2000 in French and in English in 2001. It is the author's first published novel. Its original French title is Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise. A film based on his novel was released in 2002, directed by Dai himself.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Narrator & Luo being re-educated. Four Eyes has hidden book that they borrow for a bit. Feel like narrator is talking to you, story moves along at a good pace. Great characters.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. This may be my favorite book of all time. <3
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel by Dai Sijie. About two young city boys banished to the country side for reeducation in the New China, they meet a seamstress who has Western books translated into Chinese, now the boys are heaven bound through these books.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Read a review at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com/2013/02/balzac-and-little-chinese-seamstress-by.html
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Dai Sijie, and published in 2000 in French and in English in 2001. It is the author's first published novel. Its original French title is Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise.
An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. (Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie)
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie (a semi-autobiography)
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter. A story of the complexities of human motivation, and how two families evolve and revolve around a terrible secret. Amazing Book!
memory keepers daughter. I can't remember if we read this one for book club. I thought it was a good read, if a bit sad. I was so annoyed by some of the characters and all their stupid secrets!
The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Just finished this. It made me cry. It was absolutely beautiful.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards. Couldn't put it down but the story infuriated me.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (August 2011 Mum's book club)
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards. This is a solidly good book.
memory keepers daughter (January 2007) Book Club Rating 2.5 out of 5
memory keepers daughter- My FAVORITE book
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Summer book list for foodies- The Last Chinese Chef
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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones...the story of an American food writer in Beijing by the author of Lost in Translation.
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moneshe Last Chinese Chef, Nicole Mones This novel, from the author of Lost in Translation, is like a dumpling: culinary goodness (that is, excerpts from a fictional 1920s masterpiece of cooking) wrapped up in the doughy romance of the frame narrative. But oh so tasty going down.
The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. Maggie McElroy is a food writer struggling to get back on her feet after her husband’s premature death. When a woman in China files a paternity claim against Maggie’s husband’s estate, Maggie flies out to China to determine the validity of the charges, as well as to profile a rising Chinese chef named Sam Liang.
This is a novel of food, friendship and falling in love, written by an American woman who spent years in the textile business in China. She sets this novel, and her two others (also highly recommended) in China but with an American woman in the primary role of magazine writer interviewing a chef. Her research is impeccable. The details of preparing authentic Chinese cuisine woven with the love story are compelling.
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I gave it five stars: "Empress Orchid by Anchee Min is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. I was spell-bound by the first-person narrative of Empress Orchid, the last empress if China and how she went from peasant to concubine to second wife, and bore the emperor of China his first and only son. If you love historical fiction, Chinese history, strong female characters, plot, intrigue, sex, longing, politics, and masterful storytelling you will LOVE Empress Orchid!" (Goodreads)
Empress Orchid by Anchee Min. This book transports you to a different time and place.
Empress Orchid by Anchee Min. Really liked it. Passed it on to me mum.
Empress Orchid, my favorite this week. china, 1850's
One of my favourite books! empress orchid • anchee min
Empress Orchid- Anchee Min (historical fiction)
empress orchid • anchee min I loved this story
Anchee Min - Empress Orchid & The Last Empress
Empress Orchid - Anchee Min. Finished 8.19.12
Red Azalea (Rode Azalea) - Anchee Min -The Chinese Cultural Revolution in semi-fiction form. So good.
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Red Azalea: Anchee Min Memoir about growing up during China's Cultural Revolution* free paper toys at The China Adventures of Arielle Gabriel, new memoir The Goddess of Mercy & The Dept of Miracles, a mystic suffering financial ruination in Hong Kong and her miracles *
Red Azalea is a memoir by Anchee Min about growing up in China during the cultural revolution under Mao Zedong in the 1960's. Since her experiences occurred during the same period I was growing up, and also directly impacted me during my early visits to China in the 1980's, I found Red Azalea especially interesting. ~GM
Red Azalea is Anchee Min’s celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao’s China. As a child, she was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she found a lifeline in a secret love affair with another woman.
Amazon.com: Red Azalea eBook: Anchee Min: Books, She lived thru the cultural revolution in the 70's. harsh life and incredibly beautiful writing style. good book.
Red Azalea - Anchee Min - Discussion June 2005 A woman who grew up in China during its Cultural Revolution describes the grueling physical labor she endured on Red Fire Farm, her forced segregation from men, her sexual relationship with her platoon leader, and her introduction to acting. (Novelist Plus)
Red Azalea is Anchee Min’s celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao’s China. As a child, she was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she found a lifeline in a secret love affair with another woman. A revelatory and disturbing portrait of China, Anchee Min’s memoir is exceptional for its candor.
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
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Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club 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.
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan My daughter Waverly's name was chosen from this book. A book about mothers and daughters.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. A fabulous interaction between cultures, generations, and mothers and daughters.
"She will fight me, because this is the nature of two tigers. But I will win and give her my spirit, because this is the way a mother loves her daughter.” ― Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan...the book, with the great movie to follow, focused on Chinese immigrant women, their younger daughters, and their juxtaposed lives which showed how life was over there, and then here...Amy Tan is a talented writer, but she also opened our eyes to have pride in our heritage, and to not forget the price paid by our immigrant mothers....
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - this is my favorite by Amy Tan so far, but I have not read all of her work yet. This novel, The Bonesetter's Daughter and her Kindle single: Rules for Virgins, have shown me that she is an author well worth buying and reading.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Pinner writes: "Secrets abound in this richly historical novel that weaves threads through the lives of 5 friends their daughters as they recount surviving their harrowing childhoods in war-torn China. Tan's vignettes of overbearing Chinese immigrant mothers their resentful, guilt-ridden American daughters struck a universal note of cultural generational dissonance turned into a dazzling success."
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Excellent movie, too.
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Lost on Planet China; A laugh-out-loud memoir that really took me back to summer 2007 in Handan, China. Loved the Chairman Mao references, the trip to the Chinese Medical Center, shouts of "laowai!" and photographs with strangers. Excellent.
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Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation: J. Maarten Troost
Lost On Planet China by J. Maarten Troost I really enjoyed this!!! Comical (not overly so), informative, colorful, great way to experience modern China!
Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation by J. Maarten Troost, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0767922018/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_hgODtb1RR4NVB
Lost on Planet China - J. Maarten Troost. I've read his other two books, "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" and "Getting Stoned with Savages," and can't wait to read this one!
Lost on Planet China by J Maarten Troost; this book is written by a writer who doesn't know anything about China, which is refreshing but odd in contrast to the academic books that I've read about China.
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Not my favorite of the Troost books but definitely still worth reading.
Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost. Fun read.
Lost on Planet China
"Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is an autobiographical family history by Chinese writer Jung Chang. First published in 1991, Wild Swans contains a biography of the three female generations of Chang's family: her grandmother, her mother and finally her own autobiography. The book won two awards: the 1992 NCR Book Award and the 1993 British Book of the Year. The book has been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies."
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Wild Swans by Jung Chang This is one of my favorite books. Three generations of a Chinese family. The history of China comes alive in the stories of three women. From the War Lord era to Chairman Mao. Amazing. I could not put it down!
A fascinating story of three generations of Chinese women and what they experienced in China for more than a century. The book provides an unprecedented look into a country we know little about and a people who have been suppressed far too long. Definitely worth reading!
One of the best books I have read in the last ten years. Great book illustrating China's recent history through three generations of a family. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China: Jung Chang: 9780743246989: Amazon.com: Books
Great book illustrating China's recent history through three generations of a family. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China: Jung Chang: 9780743246989: Amazon.com: Books
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0743246985/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_i4k2qb1WXS7TR
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang - "Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century."
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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel / Arthur Golden http://www.ebooknetworking.net/books_detail-0679781587.html #books #bookstore The book is so much better than the movie
This is one of my all time favorite books. I have a hard copy version and just love it. Saw the movie after I read the book - of course parts of the book were missing from the movie especially the ending of the book. None the less, loved both! Great http://media-cache7.pinterest.com/upload/180918110000906020_u70bTDmA_f.jpg missmolls18 books worth reading
Memoir of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Book tells the story much better than the movie. Great novel overall but truly loved the ending.
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel / Arthur Golden . It's quite a powerful book, dreamy but quite real. I read it and felt like I was standing there with her in Japan (although the writer is a man).
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel / Arthur Golden “This is why dreams can be such dangerous things: they smolder on like a fire does, and sometimes they consume us completely.”
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Arthur Golden - Just read and loved the book. I see the movie had mixed reviews. To watch or not to watch?
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Memoirs of a Geisha - My favorite book and a beautiful movie!
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State of Wonder: A Novel (P.S.) by Ann Patchett, http://www.amazon.com/dp/006204981X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_B.P8rb12BDMMS (2013) To read list
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Excellent read!!! State of Wonder: A Novel (P.S.): Ann Patchett: 9780062049810: Amazon.com: Books
State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett, such a great read!!! I couldn't put it down once I started.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett is a well written blend of biology, botany, anthropology, geography, and economics. It begins as an interesting novel but develops into a compelling tale. To see the entire review, jump to our blog.
State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett, such a great read!!! I couldn't put it down once I started. *Statement from previous pinner, but I agree. This is the wonder of Pinterest and how quickly I can get the information to you ...
Such an interesting book. Highly recommend!! State of Wonder (P.S.) by Ann Patchett: State of Wonder is Ann Patchett's best book yet (yes, even better than Bel Canto ). Brimming with mystery, philosophy, intrigue, ethical questions, the flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle, and absolutely beautiful prose, Patchett's new novel should be at the top of...
At the cornerstone of Yahoo Shine's new Book Club, each month they will ask a notable female author to select a great read and then moderate a live online discussion about four weeks later. They'll write a kick-off post to spark your brain while you are reading, and you are welcome to leave comments anytime. "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett.
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"Through the story of three generations of women in her own family – the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother and the daughter herself – Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century." (1991)
Wild Swans - Jung Chang. Remember little from the hefty tome. One can't forget the description of the barbaric cruelty of the Chinese tradition of binding women's feet. Or the unique ways three generations of women suffer due to the changing mores of China's recent turbulent history.
Wild Swans...a gripping history of China, told through 3 generations of women! One of the best books I have ever read
The stories of three generations uncovering the darkest period of 20th century China. Jung Chang tells the story of her childhood and early adult years in communist China. Chang also writes about the lives of her mother and grandmother before she was born.
Currently reading this book about the nation of China under Mao's dictatorship - fantastic read!!
This book is amazing I couldn't put it down, a fascinating insight into China under Chairman Mao
Wild Swans by Jung Chang. "A gripping history of China, told through 3 generations of women."
One of my favourite books of all time. I learnt so much
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy, one of my favorite books of all time. (not sure why, it's quite depressing)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. No other novels of the Apocalypse need to be written; Mr. McCarthy has penned the be-all, end-all end-of-the-world novel.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy: "It's an adventure, believe it or not — the sort of book that, if only for the relentless clarity of the writing, the lucid descriptions of the grasses, the mud, the thorns, and the very arc of the road that cuts through all that, presents...
My #1 favorite book of all time. Not a book club pick, just a book I loved. I have read this three times, listened to the audio and watched the movie.
I can't wait to read this book. The movie was just amazing. “Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that. You forget some things, dont you? Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.” ― Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Cormac McCarthy is one of the best writers I have read. But his subject matter is quite dark. The Road (this is the book, I have not watched the movie) is about a post-apocalyptic North America. A father and son are walking from the middle of the country to the coast to see if they can find a community that is better. They follow The Road, full of marauding bands and cannibals because it is their last hope. This not a happy book, but it is beautifully and almost poetically written.
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The Road; Cormac McCarthy worth reading
Cormac McCarthy- The Road Reading list.
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Tales of a female nomad : living at large in the world / Rita Golden Gelman - Forty-eight years old and teetering on the brink of divorce, Gelman leaves her comfortable life in Los Angeles, selling all her possessions, and becomes a nomad. Travelling from the Galapagos Islands to Borneo and everywhere in between, Gelman connects with people in cultures around the world.
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman Absolutely incredible travel writing. I read quite a bit of travel literature and this is by far among my favorite reads in the genre. It goes beyond being travel writing. It is memoir. It is about people and connection. It is about Place and Self. It is well worth reading!
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Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman. $10.03. 322 pages. Publisher: Broadway (December 18, 2007). Author: Rita Golden Gelman
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. An amazing story of three generations of Chinese women. The grandmother was a concubine to a Chinese warlord, the mother was a young communist who went on the Long March with Chairman Mao, and the granddaughter became disillusioned with Communism and emigrated to the West.
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. A personal story, reflecting the twentieth century history of China. A remarkable book, full of courage and spirit.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China: Jung Chang: I have my daughter to thank for introducing me to this emotional story of 3 generations in China
Wild Swans | Jung Chang > > > the life story of three generations of women in China, from pre cultural revolution feudal China, to Mao's era and beyond. An absolutely fascinating read #china #women
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang, Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival. Told through the story of three generations of women in her own family – the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother and the daughter herself – Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang // Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother's struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents' experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician.
One of the best books. Worth re-reading. Wonderful. Overview (Amazon): Few books have had such an impact..bestseller..sold more than 13 million copies & a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty & an uplifting story of bravery & survival. Through the story of 3 generations of women in her own family – the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother & the daughter herself – Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's 20th century.
Wild Swans by Jung Chang...One of my favourite books
wow....when we saw movies like this, they made us think about or long ago..Chinese mainland...roots!
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Zhang Yimou's "To Live" (Flowers of War* - Curse of the Golden Flower* - Hero* - House of Flying Daggers*) 生きる
To Live (1994) Gong Li. To strong women around the world, this movie illustrates how horrible things may happen but the woman never gives up.
To Live (Lifetimes) China. Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben, Guo Tao, Jiang Wu. Directed by Zhang Yimou. 1994
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One of the best films of 1994, To Live is a bold, energetic masterpiece from Zhang Yimou, the foremost director from China's influential "fifth generation" of filmmakers. Continuing his brilliant collaboration with China's best-known actress Gong Li (their previous films include Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern), Zhang weaves an ambitious tapestry of personal and political events, following the struggles of an impoverished husband and wife (Ge You, Gong Li) from their heyday in the 1940s to the
To Live (1994) | Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong and Ben Niu
Another classic in the my Chinese movie library
To Live; One of my favorite movies ever.
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It's Not About The Bike By Lance Armstrong. Look up "Overcome" in the dictionary and you'll see his photo there. He is unrelenting !
It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life - It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life Overview: The #1 New York Times bestseller with legs as strong as its author's. Lance Armstrong is one of the most talked about- and inspirational-s
"It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong. About his survival from cancer and his journey back to life. Best book I've ever read. Very motivational and inspiring. I recommend it to all!
It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong. The story of Lance Armstrong and his fight against cancer.
It's Not About the Bike~ amazing story. "pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever" Lance Armstrong.
Inspirational book and a good introduction to the phenom that is Lance Armstrong.
It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, Lance Armstrong
Favorite book, hands down
Nancy Kwan- HK Chinese + American....we swooned over her in the movie version of Flower Drum Song, and felt so so sorry for her character, the Eurasian girl who was William Holden's love interest in that great movie about Hong Kong girls...The World of Suzie Wong...