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==About the Author==
 
==About the Author==
  
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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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*'''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==
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+chamber'''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.  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+chamber'''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.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan'''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==
 
==Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families==
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mona+in+the+promised+land'''Mona In the Promised Land'''] by Gish Jen
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mona+in+the+promised+land'''Mona In the Promised Land'''] by Gish Jen
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?woman+warrior+memoir'''The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girhood Among Ghosts'''] by Maxine Hong Kingston.  Try also her novel [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tripmaster+monkey'''Tripmaster Monkey'''].
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?woman+warrior+memoir'''The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girhood Among Ghosts'''] by Maxine Hong Kingston.  Kingston uses a combination of family stories and legend to give voice to her ancestors.  Try also her novel [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tripmaster+monkey'''Tripmaster Monkey'''], and "China Men", elsewhere on this list.
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?girl+from+purple+mountain'''Girl from Purple Mountain : Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America'''] by May-Lee Chai and Winberg Chai
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?girl+from+purple+mountain'''Girl from Purple Mountain : Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America'''] by May-Lee Chai and Winberg Chai - A father and daughter collaborated to reconstruct the life of his mother (her grandmother), one of the first women to attend a Chinese university, and her experiences with the Chinese civil war and the Japanese attack on Nanking in 1937.
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?falling+leaves+yeh'''Falling Leaves : The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter'''], by Adeline Yeh Mah.  This book is also available in a version written for younger readers: *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chinese+cinderella'''Chinese Cinderella''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?falling+leaves+mah'''Falling Leaves : The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter'''], by Adeline Yen Mah.  This book is also available in a version written for younger readers: [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chinese+cinderella+the+true+story'''Chinese Cinderella''']
 
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?bone+ng'''Bone'''], by Fae Myenne Ng
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?midnight+at+the+dragon+cafe'''Midnight at the Dragon Cafe'''] by Judy Fong Bates
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?watching+mah+tree'''Watching the Tree: A Chinese Daughter Reflects on Happiness, Tradition, and Spiritual Wisdom'''] by Adeline Yen Mah
  
 
==First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories==
 
==First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?step+from+heaven'''A Step From Heaven'''] by An Na
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?step+from+heaven'''A Step From Heaven'''] by An Na
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?still+life+with+rice'''Still Life with Rice: A Young American Woman Discovers the Life and Legacy of Her Korean Grandmother'''] by Helie Lee
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?still+life+with+rice'''Still Life with Rice: A Young American Woman Discovers the Life and Legacy of Her Korean Grandmother'''] by Helie Lee
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?china+men'''China Men'''] by Maxine Hong Kingston
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?china+men'''China Men'''] by Maxine Hong Kingston - Kingston combines family history and legend to relate the stories of her male ancestors and their experiences as Chinese men and Chinese-American immigrants in various settings.
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?on+golden+mountain'''On Golden Mountain'''], by Lisa See
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?on+golden+mountain'''On Golden Mountain'''], by Lisa See - See's great-grandfather came to California in the 1860's.  See uses interviews with her relatives and her own research to relate the experiences of Chinese immigrants of several generations, including the discrimination and other hardships they faced.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?china+boy'''China Boy'''], by Gus Lee
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?girl+in+translation'''Girl in Translation'''] by Jean Kwok
  
 
==Novels featuring Mothers and Daughters==
 
==Novels featuring Mothers and Daughters==
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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.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?language+of+flowers+diffenbaugh'''The Language of Flowers'''] by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?language+of+flowers+diffenbaugh'''The Language of Flowers'''] by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?empress+of+weehawken'''Empress of Weehawken'''] by Irene Disch
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?everything+will+be+all+right'''Everything Will Be All Right'''] by Tessa Hadley
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?everything+will+be+all+right'''Everything Will Be All Right'''] by Tessa Hadley
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?inventing+memory'''Inventing Memory'''] by Erica Jong
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?how+to+make+an+american+quilt'''How to Make an American Quilt'''] by Whitney Otto
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?divine+secrets+of+the+ya+ya+sisterhood'''Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood'''] by Rebecca Wells
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?divine+secrets+of+the+ya+ya+sisterhood'''Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood'''] by Rebecca Wells
  
 
==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?fortune+cookie+chronicles '''The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food'''] by Jennifer 8 Lee - Lee goes well beyond her title, tracing not only how Chinese cuisine around the globe has been influenced by the various cultures it has encountered, but a fascinating look at the experiences of many new Chinese-American immigrants today and at the restaurant industry as a common first step into American society.
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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
  
==San Francisco==
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==Literary San Francisco==
  
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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.
  
==Feature Films==
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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.
  
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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'''].
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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.
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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.
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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'''].
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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.
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* [http://www.litquake.org/ '''Litquake'''] is San Francisco's annual literary festival.  It awards the [http://www.litquake.org/about/barbary-coast-award '''Barbary Coast Award'''], which was awarded to '''Amy Tan''' in 2009.
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==Feature Films==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?joy+luck+club+motion+picture'''The Joy Luck Club''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?long+life+happiness+and+prosperity'''Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity''']
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan+videorecording'''Snow Flower and the Secret Fan''']
  
 
==For Children==
 
==For Children==
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+the+year+of+the+boar+and+jackie'''In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson'''] by Bette Bao Lord.
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+the+year+of+the+boar+and+jackie'''In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson'''] by Bette Bao Lord.
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* Child of the Owl, by Laurence Yep
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* The Lost Garden, by Laurence Yep
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

Revision as of 17:48, 21 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