Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0
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Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0

Should you really buy that book enshrined on the top titles of 2013 table at mega bookstores’r’us? Is it more of a checker-outer book? Or, can it safely be avoided altogether? Here are some sound bite opinions on a few more noteworthy titles of 2013 that I read, but did not review in a full … Continue reading

Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up
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Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up

The hour of year-end reviews is upon us. In this post, I will be briefly covering each of the 2013 titles that I did not review in full length earlier in the year. Most of these titles are from established authors and were heavily hyped. A number fell short, but there are definitely books worth … Continue reading

Exploring Commodity Culture in Modern Asia: A Tale for the Time Being and Crazy Rich Asians
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Exploring Commodity Culture in Modern Asia: A Tale for the Time Being and Crazy Rich Asians

A number of high profile Asia-oriented titles have dominated this spring and summer’s publication cycles. Back in March, veteran writer Ruth Ozeki published her long-awaited next novel, A Tale for the Time Being. In contrast, Crazy Rich Asians, released in June, is Kevin Kwan’s debut. The two books are united, however, by the theme of … Continue reading

Stretching the Bonds of Sister Love: Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy
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Stretching the Bonds of Sister Love: Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy

An American writer with Chinese-American heritage, Lisa See drew broad attention for her earlier work Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005). This book, and subsequent titles, have propelled her toward the ranks of widely-respected Chinese/Chinese-American historical fiction authors, like the famous Amy Tan of The Joy Luck Club. Like Tan, See focuses on women’s … Continue reading

Narrative Style: Three Authors, Three Unique Experiments in Storytelling
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Narrative Style: Three Authors, Three Unique Experiments in Storytelling

Sometimes it’s not the story itself that grabs you but the way it’s told. Whether you have one narrator or many, use first person or third, enlist an unreliable narrator or simply one with a limited point of view, narrative style plays an essential role in shaping how readers connect with a story and can … Continue reading

The Tea Rose: A Sweeping Story of Toasty Beverages, Love, and Entreprenurialism
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The Tea Rose: A Sweeping Story of Toasty Beverages, Love, and Entreprenurialism

Best known for historical young adult fiction, such as A Gathering Light and Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly also writes smashing adult novels, which deserve greater attention. The Tea Rose, in particular, is a fantastic book. An epic historical narrative, much like sprawling classics such asĀ Gone with the Wind, The Tea Rose features a time-honored tale of … Continue reading

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“A for Angelica”: A Delightful Work of Dark, Comic British Literary Fiction

In his debut novel, Iain Broome explores the obsessive mind of one Gordon Kingdom, who suffers from what appears to be mild OCD and beginning-stage dementia. Tucked behind the curtains of a cookie-cutter home in a quiet, working class British burb, Gordon lives a monotonous existence filled with observation, note-taking, walking his dog, and caring … Continue reading