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*Read a [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/books/18sfculture.html '''New York Times article'''] about Amy Tan at the heart of the San Francisco writing scene.
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*Read a [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/books/18sfculture.html '''New York Times article'''] about '''Amy Tan''' at the heart of the San Francisco writing scene.
*Amy Tan is a backup singer for [http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/ '''the Rock Bottom Remainders'''], an all-author rock band.  Their occasional shows raise money for literary organizations. Author/band members include Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry. Stephen King has also performed with the band.
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*'''Amy Tan''' is a backup singer for [http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/ '''the Rock Bottom Remainders'''], an all-author rock band.  Their occasional shows raise money for literary organizations. Author/band members include '''Amy Tan''', Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry. Stephen King has also performed with the band.
  
 
==Other works by Amy Tan==
 
==Other works by Amy Tan==
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For Children:
 
For Children:
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?chinese+siamese+cat'''The Chinese Siamese Cat'''] (adapted into the television series Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat)
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?chinese+siamese+cat'''The Chinese Siamese Cat'''] (adapted into the television series Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat)
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* '''The Moon Lady'''
  
 
==Novels featuring Chinese Culture and History==
 
==Novels featuring Chinese Culture and History==
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==Nonfiction featuring Chinese Culture and History==
 
==Nonfiction featuring Chinese Culture and History==
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?wild+swans+three'''Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China'''] by Jung Chang - The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, describing the life of the author's grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother, a member of the Communist elite, and the family's experiences during the Cultural Revolution.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?wild+swans+three'''Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China'''] by Jung Chang - The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, describing the life of the author's grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother, a member of the Communist elite, and the family's experiences during the Cultural Revolution.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+scarf+girl'''Red Scarf Girl'''] by Ji-Li Jiang - a memoir of the author's experiences during the Cultural Revolution of China. This book is suitable for middle-grade readers.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rape+of+nanking '''The Rape of Nanking: the Forgotton Holocaust of WWII'''] by Iris Chang
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?things+that+must+not+be+forgotten '''Things That Must Not Be Forgotten : A Childhood in Wartime China'''] by Michael David Kwan
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?peoples+dynasty'''The People's Dynasty: culture and society in modern China'''] - a Modern Scholar series of lectures by Robert J. Shepherd.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?new+cultural+atlas+of+china'''The New Cultural Atlas of China'''], edited by Tim Cooke.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?changing+face+of+china'''The Changing Face of China: from Mao to Market'''], by John Gittings.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?out+of+maos+shadow'''Out of Mao's Shadow: the Struggle for the Soul of a New China'''], by Philip P. Pan.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+sorrow'''Red Sorrow'''], by Nanchu
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?voices+from+the+whirlwind'''Voices from the Whirlwind: an Oral History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution'''], edited by Feng Jicai
  
 
==Literary San Francisco==
 
==Literary San Francisco==
  
* Amy Tan herself took the Washington Post on [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/19/AR2007011900541.html '''a tour of San Francisco'''] in 2007.
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* '''Amy Tan''' herself took the ''Washington Post'' on [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/19/AR2007011900541.html '''a tour of San Francisco'''] in 2007.
  
Authors who are connected to San Francisco:
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hammett+dashiell '''Dashiell Hammett'''] - his [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?maltese+falcon '''The Maltese Falcon'''] was [http://jmrl.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon '''a Big Read book'''] for JMRL in 2011.
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hammett+dashiell '''Dashiell Hammett'''] (his [ '''The Maltese Falcon'''] was [http://jmrl.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon '''a Big Read book'''] for JMRL in 2011.
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?eggers+dave '''Dave Eggers'''] - bases his literary empire here - including [http://mcsweeneys.net '''McSweeney's Internet Tendency'''], [http://www.believermag.com/ '''The Believer'''] magazine, and [http://826valencia.org/ '''826 Valencia'''], a tutoring center focusing on strengthening writing skills, which has spawned [http://826national.org/about/ '''a national foundation'''].
 
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?eggers+dave '''Dave Eggers'''] - bases his literary empire here - including [http://mcsweeneys.net '''McSweeney's Internet Tendency'''], [http://www.believermag.com/ '''The Believer'''] magazine, and [http://826valencia.org/ '''826 Valencia'''], a tutoring center focusing on strengthening writing skills, which has spawned [http://826national.org/about/ '''a national foundation'''].
  
* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?maupin+armistead '''Armistead Maupin'''] - Amy Tan credits his [ '''Tales of the City'''] with teaching her about city life.
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?maupin+armistead '''Armistead Maupin'''] - '''Amy Tan''' credits his [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tales+of+the+city '''Tales of the City'''] with teaching her about city life.  Author Sean Wilsey's mother appears thinly veiled as a character in Maupin's Tales of the City.  [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?oh+the+glory+of+it+all '''Oh the glory of it all'''] is Wilsey's own memoir.
  
* Po Bronson, Ethan Watters, and Ethan Canin founded the [http://www.sfgrotto.org/ '''San Francisco Writer's Grotto'''] in 1994.
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?hall+oakley '''Oakley Hall'''] - taught [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?ford+richard '''Richard Ford'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?chabon+michael '''Michael Chabon'''] (among others) at UC Irvine's writing program, and taught '''Amy Tan''' at the Squaw Valley Community.  His [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?hall+oakley+ambrose '''Ambrose Bierce mystery series'''] takes place in 1890's San Francisco.
  
* [http://www.porchlightsf.com/ '''Porchlight'''] is San Francisco's Moth-like storytelling series.
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?ferlinghetti+lawrence '''Lawrence Ferlinghetti'''] - poet; co-wrote [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?literary+san+francisco '''Literary San Francisco: a Pictorial History From its Beginnings to the Present Day'''].
  
* [ '''Literary San Francisco: a pictorial history from its beginnings to the present day'''], by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Nancy J. Peters
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* [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?bronson+po '''Po Bronson'''], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?watters+ethan '''Ethan Watters'''], and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?canin+ethan '''Ethan Canin'''] founded the [http://www.sfgrotto.org/ '''San Francisco Writer's Grotto'''] in 1994.
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* San Francisco Public Library’s [http://sfpl.org/mobile.xhtml.php?pg=2000535001 '''San Francisco Authors Fiction Reading List''']
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* [http://www.porchlightsf.com/ '''Porchlight'''] is San Francisco's Moth-like storytelling series.
  
* [ '''Oh the glory of it all'''], by Sean Wilsey - Wilsey's mother appears thinly veiled as a character in Maupin's Tales of the CityThis is Wilsey's own memoir.
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* [http://www.litquake.org/ '''Litquake'''] is San Francisco's annual literary festivalIt awards the [http://www.litquake.org/about/barbary-coast-award '''Barbary Coast Award'''], which was awarded to '''Amy Tan''' in 2009.
  
 
==Feature Films==
 
==Feature Films==

Revision as of 21:41, 13 November 2012

Article in Adult Fiction and Big Read categories.

About the Author

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  • Read a New York Times article about Amy Tan at the heart of the San Francisco writing scene.
  • Amy Tan is a backup singer for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an all-author rock band. Their occasional shows raise money for literary organizations. Author/band members include Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Matt Groening, James McBride, Greg Iles, Ridley Pearson, Roy Blount, Jr, Kathi Goldmark and Sam Barry. Stephen King has also performed with the band.

Other works by Amy Tan

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

For Children:

Novels featuring Chinese Culture and History

  • The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen - An epic reimagining of the Chinese classic "Dream of the Red Chamber" is set against a backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing and follows the intersecting lives of three women, including orphaned Daiyu, who becomes tangled in a web of intrigue with ties to the Emperor's Palace.
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See - The story of friendship across class and distance follows two women throughout their lives in 19th century China.

Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families

First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories

Novels featuring Mothers and Daughters

There are hundreds of novels about mothers and daughters, but the ones we list below have a similar reading experience or feel to The Joy Luck Club: they tell the stories of several generations, depict difference across cultures, and/or feature groups of women within generations.

Nonfiction featuring Chinese Culture and History

Literary San Francisco

  • Porchlight is San Francisco's Moth-like storytelling series.

Feature Films

For Children

External Links