Rich…one of the most suggestive novels we have about what it is to become an American. The new york Times Book Review. Jasmine's metamorphosis, friends, her story depicts the shifting contours of an America being transformed by her and others like her -- our new neighbors, with its shocking upheavals and its slow evolutionary steps, illuminates the making of an American mind; but even more powerfully, and lovers.
Jasmine: 30th anniversary edition #ad - In jasmine, bharati mukherjee has created a heroine as exotic and unexpected as the many worlds in which she lives.
Fifth Chinese Daughter Classics of Asian American LiteratureUniversity of Washington Press #ad - It was written at a time when few portraits of Asian American life were available, and no similar works were as popular and broadly appealing. Originally published in 1950, fifth Chinese Daughter was one of the most widely read works by an Asian American author in the twentieth century. This new edition includes the original illustrations by Kathryn Uhl and features an introduction by Leslie Bow, who critically examines the changing reception and enduring legacy of the book and offers insight into Wong’s life as an artist and an ambassador of Chinese American culture.
The us state department even sent its charismatic young author on a four-month speaking tour throughout Asia. Cited as an influence by prominent chinese American writers such as Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston, Fifth Chinese Daughter is a foundational work in Asian American literature. Jade snow wong’s autobiography portrays her coming-of-age in San Francisco's Chinatown, offering a rich depiction of her immigrant family and her strict upbringing, as well as her rebellion against family and societal expectations for a Chinese woman.
Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared Penguin Modern ClassicsPenguin #ad - Karl rossman has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. Although kafka's first novel begun in 1911 and never finished, it is also infused with a quite un-Kafkaesque blitheness and sunniness, can be read as a menacing allegory of modern life, brought to life in this lyrical translation that returns to the original manuscript of the book.
There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent.
ObasanPenguin Canada #ad - Winner of the american book awardbased on the author's own experiences, relocation, this award-winning novel was the first to tell the story of the evacuation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.
Accordion CrimesScribner #ad - The music they make is their last link with the past—voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance. Proulx brings the immigrant experience in america to life through the eyes of the descendants of Mexicans, Irish-Scots, Poles, Franco-Canadians and many others, Africans, all linked by their successive ownership of a simple green accordion.
Annie proulx’s accordion Crimes is a masterpiece of storytelling that spans a century and a continent. Proulx’s prodigious knowledge, unforgettable characters and radiant language make Accordion Crimes a stunning novel, exhilarating in its scope and originality. Pulitzer prize–winning author Annie Proulx brings the immigrant experience to life in this stunning novel that traces the ownership of a simple green accordion.
Bitter in the Mouth: A NovelRandom House #ad - She can “taste” words. Monique truong’s acclaimed novel questions our assumptions about what it means to be a family and to be a friend, our histories, to be foreign and to be familiar, to be connected to and disconnected from our bodies, ourselves. Look for special features inside. Bitter in the mouth is a brilliant, virtuosic novel about a young woman’s search for identity and the true meaning of family.
What i know about you, little girl, would break you in two” are the prophetic last words that Linda Hammerick’s grandmother says to her. Linda’s awkward girlhood is nonetheless enlivened and emboldened by her dancing great-uncle Harper, and Kelly, her letter-writing best friend. Linda makes her way north to college and then to New York City, trying her best to leave her past behind her like “a pair of shoes that no longer fit.
Bitter in the Mouth: A Novel #ad - But when a family tragedy compels her to return home, Linda uncovers the startling secrets of her past. Growing up in small-town north carolina in the 1970s and ’80s, Linda already knows that she is profoundly different from everyone else, including the members of her own family. In this and in other ways, her body is a mystery to her.
No Longer at Ease African Trilogy, Book 2Penguin Books #ad - His fate, however, overtakes him as he finds himself trapped between the expectation of his family, his village—both representations of the traditional world of his ancestors—and the colonial world. A story of a man lost in cultural limbo, and a nation entering a new age of disillusionment, No Longer at Ease is a powerful metaphor for his generation of young Nigerians.
. He is part of a ruling Nigerian elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. A classic story of moral struggle in an age of turbulent social change and the final book in Chinua Achebe’s The African TrilogyWhen Obi Okonkwo, grandson of Okonkwo, the main character in Things Fall Apart returns to Nigeria from England in the 1950s, his foreign education separates him from his African roots.
No Longer at Ease African Trilogy, Book 2 #ad - No longer at ease, the third and concluding novel in Chinua Achebe’s The African Trilogy, depicts the uncertainties that beset the nation of Nigeria, as independence from colonial rule loomed near. In obi okonkwo’s experiences, the ambiguities, pitfalls, and temptations of a rapidly evolving society are revealed.
Native SpeakerRiverhead Books #ad - Park has spent his entire life trying to become a true American—a native speaker. But the very attributes that help him to excel in his profession put a strain on his marriage to his American wife and stand in the way of his coming to terms with his young son's death. In native speaker, author Chang-rae Lee introduces readers to Henry Park.
Park's harsh korean upbringing has taught him to hide his emotions, to remember everything he learns, and most of all to feel an overwhelming sense of alienation. In other words, it has shaped him as a natural spy. Native speaker is a story of cultural alienation. But even as the essence of his adopted country continues to elude him, his Korean heritage seems to drift further and further away.
Native Speaker #ad - The debut novel from critically-acclaimed and New York Times–bestselling author of On Such a Full Sea. It is about fathers and sons, about loyalty and betrayal, about the desire to connect with the world rather than stand apart from it, about the alien in all of us and who we finally are. When he is assigned to spy on a rising korean-american politician, his very identity is tested, and he must figure out who he is amid not only the conflicts within himself but also within the ethnic and political tensions of the New York City streets.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About SuccessScientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Provocative at every turn, the wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it's our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world's most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.
As dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, psychopaths tend to be fearless, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, charming, confident, ruthless, and focused—qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success #ad - Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.
Dutton argues that there are indeed "functional psychopaths" among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, the more "psychopathic" people are, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, unflinching, and that shockingly, in some fields, the more likely they are to succeed.
In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit.
SkimGroundwood Books #ad - Skim is kimberly keiko cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth stuck in a private girls' school in Toronto. When a classmate's boyfriend kills himself because he was rumoured to be gay, the school goes into mourning overdrive, each clique trying to find something to hold on to and something to believe in.
It's a weird time to fall in love, but that's high school, and that's what happens to Skim when she starts to meet in secret with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. Archer abruptly leaves, skim struggles to cope with her confusion and isolation, armed with her trusty journal and a desire to shed old friendships while cautiously approaching new ones.
Skim #ad - Depression, love, pitch-perfect, crushes, manipulative peers --teen life in all its dramatic complexities is explored in this touching, sexual identity, literary graphic masterpiece. Cousins mariko and jillian Tamaki collaborate brilliantly in this poignant glimpse into the heartache of being sixteen. But when Ms.