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The Kitchen God's Wife

Author : ,

ISBN10 : 110100715X

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 416

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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.

The Hundred Secret Senses

Author : Amy Tan

ISBN10 : 1101202947

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 368

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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

God's Wife Was Lucifer

Author : Sylvia Dukes Carter

ISBN10 : 1477236155

Publisher : AuthorHouse

Number of Pages : 48

Category : Religion

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Book Summary: Ezekiel 28: 13-19 says that Lucifer was in Eden: “Every precious stone was thy covering the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and the gold: the workmanship of thy tablets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created. It also says that Lucifer was the anointed cherub.” This means that she was second to God. Lucifer was the prettiest angel that God created because she was his wife.

Where the Past Begins

Author : Amy Tan

ISBN10 : 0062319302

Publisher : HarperCollins

Number of Pages : 368

Category : Biography & Autobiography

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Book Summary: 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.

God's Wife, God's Servant

Author : Mariam F. Ayad

ISBN10 : 1134127928

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 232

Category : History

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Book Summary: Mariam F. Ayad explores how five women were elevated to a position of supreme religious authority. Drawing on a variety of textual, iconographic, and archaeological evidence, and containing fifty-one black and white and colour illustrations, the volume discusses this often neglected subject, placing the women within the broader context of the politically volatile, turbulent seventh and eighth centuries BCE.

The Joy Luck Club

Author : Amy Tan

ISBN10 : 1101502738

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1274

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Book Summary: “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.

Dragons Plight

Author : Christopher Lapides

ISBN10 : 1452338442

Publisher : Cal-Productions

Number of Pages : 308

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 691

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Book Summary: Cursed.Callobus Swordstar only wants a normal life, but a curse that threatens to consume him has assured the rest of his days will be filled with chaos. Although a powerful weapon, does he dare use the curse to help those around him, or does he fight for control as his family and friends are destroyed? When things go from bad to worse, Callobus must turn to...

A Study Guide for Amy Tan's

Author : Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN10 : 1410350533

Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning

Number of Pages : 25

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "The Kitchen God's Wife," 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.

Narratives of Diaspora

Author : W. Lim

ISBN10 : 1137055545

Publisher : Springer

Number of Pages : 195

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: Chinese American authors often find it necessary to represent Asian history in their literary works. Tracing the development of the literary production of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Lisa See, and Russell Leong, among others, this book captures the effects of international politics and globalization on Chinese American diasporic consciousness.

CliffsNotes on Lawrence & Lee's Inherit the Wind

Author : Suzanne Pavlos

ISBN10 : 0544182251

Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Number of Pages : 66

Category : Literary Criticism

Viewed : 1042

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Book Summary: The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on Inherit the Wind is an illuminating guide to the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee play about the evolution-versus-creationism debate. Chapter summaries and expert analysis provide insight into the central conflict between fundamentalist Matthew Harrison Brady and gifted orator Henry Drummond. The townspeople in this play also dramatize what freedom of thought—as well as "the right to be wrong"—truly mean. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of major players A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays on the play's themes, conflicts, and more A review section that tests your knowledge Background information on the playwrights and their partnership Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

The Lunar Tao

Author : Ming-Dao Deng

ISBN10 : 0062205919

Publisher : Harper Collins

Number of Pages : 464

Category : Religion

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Book Summary: From Taosim expert Ming-Dao Deng comes The Lunar Tao: Meditations in Harmony with the Seasons, bringing to life the Chinese Lunar Calendar via the prism of Taoism. In The Lunar Tao, each day of the Lunar year is represented with a reading meditation, beautiful Chinese illustrations, and interesting facts about the festivals and traditions, providing readers with the context that gives Taoism such depth and resonance. Ming-Dao Deng, the bestselling author of 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, shows how to bring the tenets of Taoism into everyday life.

Language, Gender, and Community in Late Twentieth-Century Fiction

Author : M. Hurst

ISBN10 : 0230118267

Publisher : Springer

Number of Pages : 238

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: Drawing on critical frameworks, this study establishes the centrality of language, gender, and community in the quest for identity in contemporary American fiction. Close readings of novels by Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Ann Beattie, John Updike, Chang-rae Lee, and Rudolfo Anaya, among others, show how individuals find their American identities.

New Strangers in Paradise

Author : Gilbert H. Muller

ISBN10 : 0813184630

Publisher : University Press of Kentucky

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Literary Criticism

Viewed : 1486

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Book Summary: New Strangers in Paradise offers the first in-depth account of the ways in which contemporary American fiction has been shaped by the successive generations of immigrants to reach U.S. shores. Gilbert Muller reveals how the intersections of peoples, regions, and competing cultural histories have remade the American cultural landscape in the aftermath of World War II. Muller focuses on the literature of Holocaust survivors, Chicanos, Latinos, African Caribbeans, and Asian Americans. In the quest for a new identity, each of these groups seeks the American dream and rewrites the story of what it means to be an American. New Strangers in Paradise explores the psychology of uprooted peoples and the relations of culture and power, addressing issues of race and ethnicity, multiculturalism and pluralism, and national and international conflicts. Examining the groups of immigrants in the cultural and historical context both of America and of the lands from which they originated, Muller argues that this "fourth wave" of immigration has led to a creative flowering in modern fiction. The book offers a fresh perspective on the writings of Vladimir Nabokov, Sual Bellow, William Styron, Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Oscar Hijuelos, Jamaica Kincaid, Bharati Mukherjee, Rudolfo Anaya, and many others.

Arcane Lore

Author : Scribe 27

ISBN10 : 9781469761459

Publisher : iUniverse

Number of Pages : 342

Category : Body, Mind & Spirit

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Book Summary: This is guaranteed to be completely unlike any other occult text you've ever read, whether it be some wussified "New Age" book about crystals and guardian angels, or some classic tome of barely decipherable ceremonial evocations. No, this book is really "something different." You will find no references to potions, poppets, or pendulums; nor shall you find illustrations of magic squares, voodoo ververs, or Enochian script. Incantations, folk magic, numerology, and the Seals of Solomon have also been excluded from this work. What, then, remains? Quite simply, a magical philosophy which can be applied, with great success, by students at any level of advancement. Great emphasis has been placed upon self-knowledge and common sense-secrets have also been divulged as to various tried and true methods which will enable a besieged magician to kick the boogyman's ass. Although presented as a work of fiction, this extensively researched text contains within it a great deal of occult Truth-and it is highly entertaining as well! The author is clearly either a genius or a madman-perhaps both.

Whiter

Author : Nikki Khanna

ISBN10 : 1479810967

Publisher : NYU Press

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Social Science

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Book Summary: Heartfelt personal accounts from Asian American women on their experiences with skin color bias, from being labeled “too dark” to becoming empowered to challenge beauty standards “I have a vivid memory of standing in my grandmother’s kitchen, where, by the table, she closely watched me as I played. When I finally looked up to ask why she was staring, her expression changed from that of intent observer to one of guilt and shame. . . . ‘My anak (dear child),’ she began, ‘you are so beautiful. It is a shame that you are so dark. No Filipino man will ever want to marry you.’”—“Shade of Brown,” Noelle Marie Falcis How does skin color impact the lives of Asian American women? In Whiter, thirty Asian American women provide first-hand accounts of their experiences with colorism in this collection of powerful, accessible, and brutally honest essays, edited by Nikki Khanna. Featuring contributors of many ages, nationalities, and professions, this compelling collection covers a wide range of topics, including light-skin privilege, aspirational whiteness, and anti-blackness. From skin-whitening creams to cosmetic surgery, Whiter amplifies the diverse voices of Asian American women who continue to bravely challenge the power of skin color in their own lives.

Narrative and Genre

Author : Mary Chamberlain, Paul Thompson

ISBN10 : 9781412849159

Publisher : Transaction Publishers

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : History

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Book Summary: Any life story, whether a written autobiography or an oral testimony, is shaped not only by the reworkings of experience through memory and re-evaluation, but also by art. Any communication has to use shared conventions not only of language itself, but also the more complex expectations of "genre," the forms expected within a given context and type of communication. This collection of essays by international academics draws on a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to examine how far the expectations and forms of genre shape different kinds of autobiography and influence what messages they can convey. After investigating the problem of genre definition, and tracing the evolution of genre as a concept, contributors explore such issues as: How far can we argue that what people narrate in their autobiographical stories is selected and shaped by the repertoire of genre available to them? To what extent is oral autobiography shaped by its social and cultural context? What is the relationship between autobiographical sources and the ethnographer? Narrative and Genre presents exciting new debates in an emerging field and will encourage international and interdisciplinary discussion. Its authors and contributors are scholars from the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, literary analysis, psychology, psychoanalysis, social history, and sociology. Mary Chamberlain is professor of modern social history at Oxford Brookes University. Paul Thompson is research professor at the University of Essex; senior research fellow, Institute of Community Studies; founder, National Life Story Collection, British Library National Sound Archive.

CliffsNotes on Homer's The Odyssey

Author : Stanley P Baldwin

ISBN10 : 0544183002

Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Number of Pages : 112

Category : Literary Criticism

Viewed : 1771

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Book Summary: The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on The Odyssey, you follow along on Homer's grand adventure. This epic poem unfurls the story of Odysseus' triumph over Troy and arduous journey home to reclaim his kingdom. At 2,500 years old, it is one of the finest books ever written; as poetry, it sets the standard for comparison; and it serves as one of the foundations of the Western world's cultural heritage. This study guide carries you along on Odysseus' journey by providing summaries and critical analyses of each book. You'll also explore the life and background of the epic, Homer, and gain insight into the Homeric Question. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of major players A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Critical essays on the literary devices and major symbols of The Odyssey A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

The Bonesetter's Daughter

Author : Amy Tan

ISBN10 : 1101202955

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 400

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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.

Gods, Heroes, & Kings

Author : Christopher R. Fee

ISBN10 : 019803878X

Publisher : Oxford University Press

Number of Pages : 256

Category : History

Viewed : 1822

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Book Summary: The islands of Britain have been a crossroads of gods, heroes, and kings-those of flesh as well as those of myth-for thousands of years. Successive waves of invasion brought distinctive legends, rites, and beliefs. The ancient Celts displaced earlier indigenous peoples, only to find themselves displaced in turn by the Romans, who then abandoned the islands to Germanic tribes, a people themselves nearly overcome in time by an influx of Scandinavians. With each wave of invaders came a battle for the mythic mind of the Isles as the newcomer's belief system met with the existing systems of gods, legends, and myths. In Gods, Heroes, and Kings, medievalist Christopher Fee and veteran myth scholar David Leeming unearth the layers of the British Isles' unique folkloric tradition to discover how this body of seemingly disparate tales developed. The authors find a virtual battlefield of myths in which pagan and Judeo-Christian beliefs fought for dominance, and classical, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Celtic narrative threads became tangled together. The resulting body of legends became a strange but coherent hybrid, so that by the time Chaucer wrote "The Wife of Bath's Tale" in the fourteenth century, a Christian theme of redemption fought for prominence with a tripartite Celtic goddess and the Arthurian legends of Sir Gawain-itself a hybrid mythology. Without a guide, the corpus of British mythology can seem impenetrable. Taking advantage of the latest research, Fee and Leeming employ a unique comparative approach to map the origins and development of one of the richest folkloric traditions. Copiously illustrated with excerpts in translation from the original sources,Gods, Heroes, and Kings provides a fascinating and accessible new perspective on the history of British mythology.

The Pastor`s wife

Author : von Arnim, Elizabeth

ISBN10 : 1772467723

Publisher : Aegitas

Number of Pages : 334

Category : Literary Collections

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Book Summary: Mary Winkler, the pastor's wife, and their three daughters—aged 8, 6 and 1 at the time—were missing when Matthew's body was discovered, and a search for the family began. They were eventually located on a beach in Alabama, and Winkler was charged with the murder of her 31-year-old husband.