July Patron Recommendations–From Kevin

Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth by Hilary Spurling

“A brilliant biography of a very complex woman whose life parallels both the rise of modern China and the fall of overseas Christian missions. Well written, very readable, and filled with much new information.”

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3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Cathering the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla Miller (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Access to library catalog here!)

2) The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Pearl of China by Anchee Min (Access to library catalog here!)


Claudia’s January Recommendation

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

“This novel  chronicles the life of an adult American-born Chinese mother of two young daughters.  This contrasts with her own mother’s young womanhood in pre-war and World War II China.  Stories of  life in China reveal surprises which lead to a new relationship between the two women. 
The Kitchen God’s Wife follows Tan’s first, The Joy Luck Club, and again shows her to be a wonderful storyteller.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # FICTION TAN

Victoria’s October Recommendation

wild swansWild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

“I am currently reading this book for a class I am taking about the Rise of Modern China.  I think this book brings a refreshingly easy and enjoyable way to learn history through the main character as well as her mother and grandmothers experiences. It is writen as a story, where the author recounts her grandmother and mothers experiences and includes historical dates and events. This book is WAY easier to read than your typical history book that is jam packed with dates and events.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 951.05 CHA