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Article in [[:Category:Adult Fiction|Adult Fiction]] and [[:Category:Big Read|Big Read]] categories. Article in [[:Category:Adult Fiction|Adult Fiction]] and [[:Category:Big Read|Big Read]] categories.
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 +Printable versions of this booklist are available as .pdf's for [http://hera.jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/joyluckclub.pdf adults], [http://hera.jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/joyluckclub_ya.pdf teens], and [http://hera.jmrl.org/pdf_wiki/joyluckclub_child.pdf younger readers].
==About the Author== ==About the Author==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?balzac+and+the+little+chinese+seamstress'''Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress'''] by Dai Sijie - A semi-autobiographical tale of two teenagers who discover Western classics while at a reeducation camp in the 1970s. Originally published in French. *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?balzac+and+the+little+chinese+seamstress'''Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress'''] by Dai Sijie - A semi-autobiographical tale of two teenagers who discover Western classics while at a reeducation camp in the 1970s. Originally published in French.
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?pearl+of+china'''Pearl of China'''] by Anchee Min - The actress Anchee Min re-imagined Pearl Buck's childhood in China, through the eyes of her peasant friend Willow. The [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?min+anchee'''author'''] has written many historical fiction titles set in China. *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?pearl+of+china'''Pearl of China'''] by Anchee Min - The actress Anchee Min re-imagined Pearl Buck's childhood in China, through the eyes of her peasant friend Willow. The [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?min+anchee'''author'''] has written many historical fiction titles set in China.
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?last+chinese+chef'''The Last Chinese Chef'''] by Nicole Mones - A Chinese-American chef discovers his roots while translating an historical text on traditional Chinese cookery written by his grandfather; a romance develops between the chef and an American food writer visiting Beijing.
==Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families== ==Novels and memoirs featuring Chinese-American Families==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?midnight+at+the+dragon+cafe'''Midnight at the Dragon Cafe'''] by Judy Fong Bates *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?midnight+at+the+dragon+cafe'''Midnight at the Dragon Cafe'''] by Judy Fong Bates
*[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 *[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
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shanghai+girls'''Shanghai Girls'''] by Lisa See - Two sisters migrate from Shanghai to Los Angles in the 1930s.+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shanghai+girls'''Shanghai Girls'''] by Lisa See - Two sisters migrate from Shanghai to Los Angeles in the 1930s.
==First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories== ==First-Generation, Second-Generation and other Immigrant Stories==
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?funny+in+farsi'''Funny in Farsi'''] by Firoozeh Dumas
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?strength+in+what+remains'''Strength in What Remains'''] by Tracy Kidder
 +*[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?girl+in+translation'''Girl in Translation'''] by Jean Kwok
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?namesake+lahiri'''The Namesake'''] by Jhumpa Lahiri *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?namesake+lahiri'''The Namesake'''] by Jhumpa Lahiri
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?step+from+heaven'''A Step From Heaven'''] by An Na+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?china+boy'''China Boy'''], by Gus 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?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 - 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?step+from+heaven'''A Step From Heaven'''] by An Na
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?on+gold+mountain'''On Gold 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. *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?on+gold+mountain'''On Gold 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.
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?china+boy'''China Boy'''], by Gus Lee+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?late+homecomer'''The Late Homecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir'''] by Kao Kalia Yang
-*[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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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+sorrow'''Red Sorrow'''], by Nanchu *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+sorrow'''Red Sorrow'''], by Nanchu
*[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 *[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
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sharks+fin+and+sichuan+pepper'''Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: a Sweet-Sour memoir of Eating in China'''], by Fuschia Dunlop - Engage all your senses and join the author as she apprentices in a Sichuan cooking school and explores traditional Chinese cuisine; part culinary memoir, part travel narrative.
==Literary San Francisco== ==Literary San Francisco==
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan+videorecording'''Snow Flower and the Secret Fan'''] *[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?snow+flower+and+the+secret+fan+videorecording'''Snow Flower and the Secret Fan''']
*'''Raise the Red Lantern''' *'''Raise the Red Lantern'''
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 +==Novels and Stories for Young Adults==
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?american+dragons'''American Dragons: Twenty-Five Asian American Voices''']
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?sword+chen'''Sword'''], by Da Chen
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?snow+falling+in+spring'''Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China during the Cultural Revolution'''], by Moying Li
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chinese+cinderella+and+the+secret+dragon+society'''Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society'''], by Adeline Yen Mah
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ties+that+bind+ties+that+break'''Ties that Bind, Ties that Break'''], by Lensey Namioka
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?mismatch+namioka'''Mismatch'''], by Lensey Namioka
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?bound+napoli'''Bound'''], by Donna Jo Napoli
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?gateway+shinn'''Gateway'''], by Sharon Shinn
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?chu+jus+house'''Chu Ju’s House'''], by Gloria Whelan
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?seeing+emily'''Seeing Emily'''], by Joyce Lee Wong
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?diary+of+ma+yan'''The Diary of Ma Yan: the Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl'''] by Ma Yan
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?american+born+chinese'''American Born Chinese'''], and others by [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?yang+gene '''Gene Leun Yang''']
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?little+green+growing+up'''Little Green: Growing up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution'''], by Chun Yu
==Chapter Books For Younger Readers== ==Chapter Books For Younger Readers==
-*Seeing Emily, by Joyce Lee Wong+*Books by [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?lin+grace'''Grace Lin'''], including [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?starry+river+of+the+sky'''Starry River of the Sky''']
-*Starry River of the Sky, and others by Grace Lin+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?little+white+duck+liu'''Little White Duck: a Childhood in China'''], a graphic novel by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez
 +*Books by [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?look+lenore'''Lenore Look'''], including the [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?Alvin+Ho'''Alvin Ho'''] series and the [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?ruby+lu+look'''Ruby Lu'''] series.
*[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.
-*The Ruby Lu books, and the Alvin Ho books, and others by Lenore Look+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dragon+wishes'''Dragon Wishes'''] by Stacey Nyikos
-*Dragon Wishes by Stacey Nyikos+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?millicent+min'''Millicent Min, Girl Genius'''], by Lisa Yee
-*Millicent Min, Girl Genius, by Lisa Yee+*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?stanford+wong'''Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time'''], by Lisa Yee
-*Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time, by Lisa Yee+*Books by [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/a?yep+laurence'''Laurence Yep'''], including [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?child+of+the+owl'''Child of the Owl'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lost+garden+yep'''The Lost Garden'''].
-*American Born Chinese, and others by Gene Leun Yang +
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?child+of+the+owl'''Child of the Owl'''], by Laurence Yep+
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dragon+child'''Dragon Child'''], by Laurence Yep+
-*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lost+garden+yep'''The Lost Garden'''], by Laurence Yep+
-==Novels for Young Adults==+==Picture Books, Folktales, and Others for Young Readers and Listeners==
-*Sword, by Da Chen+*Picture Books by Amy Tan:
-*Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society, by Adeline Yen Mah+**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?chinese+siamese+cat'''The Chinese Siamese Cat''']
-*Ties that Bind, Ties that Break, by Lensey Namioka+**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?moon+lady+tan'''The Moon Lady''']
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?daisy+comes+home'''Daisy Comes Home'''], by Jan Brett
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rubys+wish'''Ruby’s Wish'''], by Shirin Yim Bridges
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?hunter+a+chinese'''The Hunter: a Chinese folktale'''], retold by Mary Casanova
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?two+of+everything'''Two of Everything: a Chinese folktale'''], retold by Lily Toy Hong
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?my+first+chinese+new+year'''My First Chinese New Year'''], by Karen Katz
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?1+2+3+go+lee'''1, 2, 3, Go! '''] by Huy Voun Lee
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bringing+in+the+new+year'''Bringing in the New Year'''], by Grace Lin
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?ling+and+ting'''Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! '''], by Grace Lin
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?new+years+reunion'''A New Year’s Reunion'''], by Yu Li-Qiong
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?auntie+yangs'''Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic'''], by Ginnie Lo
 +*Picture books by Lenore Look:
 +**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?henrys+first+moon+birthday'''Henry’s First-Moon Birthday''']
 +**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?uncle+peters+amazing+chinese'''Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding''']
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?yeh+shen'''Yeh-Shen: a Cinderella story from China'''], retold by Ai-Ling Louie
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beautiful+warrior+the+legend'''Beautiful Warrior: the Legend of Nun’s King Fu'''], by Emily Arnold McCully
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?pet+dragon+a+story'''The Pet Dragon: a story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters'''], by Christoph Niemann
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+butterfly'''Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk out of China'''], by Deborah Noyes
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?red+is+a+dragon'''Red is a Dragon'''], by Roseanne Thong
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?luminous+pearl+a+chinese'''The Luminous Pearl: a Chinese folktale'''], retold by Betty L. Torre
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lin+yis+lantern'''Lin Yi’s Lantern: a Moon Festival Tale'''], by Brenda Williams and Benjamin Lacombe
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?apple+pie+4th+of+july'''Apple Pie 4th of July'''], by Janet S. Wong
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?hannah+is+my+name'''Hannah is my Name'''], by Belle Yang
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?dragon+prince+a+chinese'''Dragon Prince: a Chinese Beauty and the Beast tale'''], by Laurence Yep
 +*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?coolies'''Coolies'''], by Yin
 +*Books by Ed Young:
 +**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?beyond+the+great+mountains'''Beyond the Great Mountains''']
 +**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lon+po+po'''Lon Po Po''']
 +**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lost+horse+young'''The Lost Horse''']
 +**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?voices+of+the+heart'''Voices of the Heart''']
==External Links== ==External Links==

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Article in Adult Fiction and Big Read categories.

Printable versions of this booklist are available as .pdf's for adults, teens, and younger readers.

Contents

About the Author


  • 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.
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See - Another favorite by Lisa See, featuring a mother, a daughter and family secrets set in Shanghai in the late 1950s.
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie - A semi-autobiographical tale of two teenagers who discover Western classics while at a reeducation camp in the 1970s. Originally published in French.
  • Pearl of China by Anchee Min - The actress Anchee Min re-imagined Pearl Buck's childhood in China, through the eyes of her peasant friend Willow. The author has written many historical fiction titles set in China.
  • The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones - A Chinese-American chef discovers his roots while translating an historical text on traditional Chinese cookery written by his grandfather; a romance develops between the chef and an American food writer visiting Beijing.

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

Novels and Stories for Young Adults

Chapter Books For Younger Readers

Picture Books, Folktales, and Others for Young Readers and Listeners

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