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reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. October 28, 2010
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
  Shanghai, 1937. Another world, almost another century. The sights, the smells, the incredibly varied and intriguing cuisines and the lives of two beautiful Chinese girls intertwine and  …
posted a Quick Tip about Shanghai Girls: A Novel. September 28, 2010
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
I read Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and found Snow Flower and more absorbing read than Shanghai Girls. Reviewer KellyF is right on in saying this is historical fiction, much like Snow Flower …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. September 09, 2010
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
I was deeply affected by Lisa See's Shanghai Girls. The story is indeed, as Amy Tan puts it, "achingly beautiful."      For the most part, Shanghai girls is a fast-moving …
reviewed Small Island: A Novel. August 13, 2010
Small Island: A Novel
This book was a hard one to review because I found it a hard one to read. I started this book at least three times but just couldn't sink into the character or the story. I finally read it when stuck …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. July 24, 2010
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
As the quote above suggests, this novel reflects the culture and traditions of Chinese immigrants. Not all of their beliefs are politically correct.    In 1937 Shanghai was the most …
reviewed The Tortilla Curtain. July 04, 2010
Boyle's Tortilla Curtain
   Tortilla curtain is a tale of perspective, perhaps more relevant in today’s political climate than it was when it was written around ten years ago. The scene is set in suburbia and …
posted a Quick Tip about The Tortilla Curtain. June 26, 2010
Boyle's Tortilla Curtain
Not nearly enough is written about the relationship between white anglos and mexican immigrants. sad, touching, and funny
Immigrant, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are
Immigrant Inc. by Richard T. Herman and Robert L. Smith  Wiley Publishers 2009    According to the author, today's immigrants are twice as   likely to launch a …
reviewed Honolulu. February 23, 2010
Honolulu
With the emphasis on historical. Alan Brennert's exhaustive research of the period and place is evident in every page, sometimes to the detriment of the flow of the story. But more often than not it serves …
reviewed Forbidden Bread: A Memoir. October 02, 2009
Forbidden Bread
In 1991, Erica Johnson was an investment analyst living in New York city when she met a dark-haired Slovenian poet, Ales Debeljak. On their first date, Ales made it clear that he intended to return to …
reviewed Honolulu. September 28, 2009
Honolulu
   In 1897, a young Korean girl was born in the tiny village of Pojogae, and named "Regrettable" by her parents because she was just a girl and not a boy. Later shortened to Regret, …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. July 18, 2009
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
After reading Peony in Love, also by Lisa See, I picked this novel without stopping to read another line. Although this one is not, in my opinion, quite as good as the former, it provides a fascinating …
American Passage: The History of Ellis Island
Like many in this country I am the descendant of folks who crossed the ocean in steerage, and then made it safely through Ellis Island, which is the subject of this excellent book. When I read of all …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. June 22, 2009
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
Shanghai Girls is a moving story that left me touched and deeply affected. The story is indeed, as Amy Tan puts it, "achingly beautiful."    The story is set between 1937 and 1957. …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. June 21, 2009
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
Book Review: Shanghai Girls (Random House/ May 2009) by Lisa See    Building upon her interviews with past generations for On Gold Mountain, and further research, Lisa See has written …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. May 28, 2009
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
Lisa See has created a vivid tale about the lives of two Chinese sisters who are the toast of the town in their native Shanghai...touted as "beautiful girls," they are anything but the traditional Chinese …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. May 18, 2009
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
The ending to a book can really ruin the story for me. I need things wrapped in a pretty little bow. This book had no bow. I realize the author left it open because there will obviously be a sequel to …
reviewed Honolulu. May 12, 2009
Honolulu
I loved Honolulu by Alan Brennert! Honolulu is just one of those books that sucks you in - with its story, characters, great writing - and compels you to read just one more chapter, even though it's already …
reviewed Shanghai Girls: A Novel. April 04, 2009
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
I was tired when I finished the book. It was one of those where I had to stay up one night to finish it because when I tried to put it down, the story kept turning over in my head. I had an honest like …
reviewed Honolulu. March 29, 2009
Honolulu
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Young Korean girl named "Regret" seeks a better life   2. A matchmaker brokers a marriage for her through an exchange of photographs …
reviewed The Rug Merchant. March 21, 2009
The Rug Merchant
    For three years, Iranian Ushman Khan, a Manhattan rug merchant, has lived in New York, building his business, planning to send for his wife, Farak, who is caring for his ailing …
reviewed Honolulu. March 15, 2009
Honolulu
Born in Korea in 1897, only daughter Regret learns from an early age what she can expect from life: servitude, enforced submission, and being "sold" to the highest bidder so she can move on to yet another …
reviewed Honolulu. February 27, 2009
Honolulu
I loved Honolulu by Alan Brennert! Honolulu is just one of those books that sucks you in - with its story, characters, great writing - and compels you to read just one more chapter, even though it's already …
reviewed Honolulu. February 25, 2009
Honolulu
    The author's larger-than-life treatment of Hawaii in the early 20th century focuses on the momentous decision of a Korean woman. Rather than face the limitations of a future in …
reviewed The Rug Merchant. February 08, 2009
The Rug Merchant
This is the story of Ushman, an immigrant Iranian rug merchant who owns a small establishment ideally located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. His wife is still in Iran, looking after his ailing mother …
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