Friday, August 1, 2014

an Introduction to Novelists such as Yu Hua, Michael Berry, and Pearls Buck

An award-winning, internationally acclaimed Chinese bestseller, originally banned in China but recently named one of the last decade’s ten most influential books there, To Live tells the epic story of one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a rich landlord to an honorable and kindhearted peasant.

After squandering his family’s fortune in gambling dens and brothels, the young, deeply penitent Fugui settles down to do the honest work of a farmer. Forced by the Nationalist Army to leave behind his family, he witnesses the horrors and privations of the Civil War, only to return years later to face a string of hardships brought on by the ravages of the Cultural Revolution. Left with an ox as the companion of his final years, Fugui stands as a model of flinty authenticity, buoyed by his appreciation for life in this narrative of humbling power.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flamingo Watching by Kay Ryan



From Library Journal

These poems are marked with the powerful but idiosyncratic influence of Marianne Moore, whose unique style is echoed in Ryan's elliptically compressed syntax and high-toned ironic stance ("There is such a thing as/too much tolerance/for unpleasant situations,/a time when the gentle/teasing out of threads/ceases to be pleasing/to a woman born for conquest." But unlike Moore, who knew how to modulate her astringency, Ryan's cramped syllabics have a monotonous density that too often mistakes sound for sense: "Green was the first color/to get out of the water,/leaving the later blue/and preceding yellow/which had to follow/because of fall." Occasionally, there is a clever charm in her descriptions. A garden snake is "born sans puff or rattle/he counts on persiflage/in battle"). Overall, however, these poems are derivative and lacking in substance. Not recommended.
Christine Stenstrom, Shea & Gould Law Lib., New York
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An American original. --The Yale Review<br /><br />Fine poems that inspire us with poetry's greatest gifts: the music of language and the force of wisdom. --Annie Dillard<br /><br />I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield

I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Jane Hirshfield

An American original. --The Yale Review

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Discover book arthurs Kevin Peraino, Mikki Taylor, and John Green


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kevin Peraino
Born June 7, 1976 (age 38)
Hayward, California, U.S.
Occupation Author and journalist
Spouse(s) Reena Ninan
Children Jackson Peraino, Kate Peraino
Kevin Peraino (born June 7, 1976) is an American author and journalist.[1]



Peraino's first book, Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power, about Lincoln's foreign policy, was released in October 2013.[2] In Foreign Affairs magazine, Walter Russell Mead called it "an important step toward a richer and more useful understanding of the American past," and the Washington Post described it as "revealing and fresh ... There is much here that will interest even those steeped in the vast Lincoln literature."[3][4] The Daily Beast named it one of the "Best Books on President Lincoln."[5] From 1999 to 2010, Peraino worked as a writer for Newsweek magazine. He has reported from Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Israel, Sudan, Iraq, and other countries, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for his foreign-affairs writing.[6] He has also written for Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications, and has appeared on Morning Joe, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere.[7][8][9][10] He is represented by Amanda Urban at ICM Partners.[11]

Personal life

Peraino grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and graduated from Northwestern University.[12] He is married to Reena Ninan, a correspondent at ABC News. They have two children, Jack and Kate.[13]


Peraino is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.[14]


Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power. New York: Crown. 2013. ISBN 978-0307887207.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Everyday Women's Moments Worthy of Treasuring Captured and Shared in Caught

About Caught
A collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s ability to stop, observe and interpret their own existence and its relationship with those around them.
It highlights the everyday moment and provides nourishment for the harried soul. The overriding message in Caught is: that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy; they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits.

About Deirdre Thurston

I’ve been an observer of people my whole life, always intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and what those events take on in the eyes and lives of ordinary people.
As well as seeing — and feeling — the angst and the pain, the fragile hopes and dreams, the joys and the frustrations that make up the human condition, I’ve also always been able to see the funny side.
My vantage points have been from the perspective of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidante — I’ve looked at life through many lenses, yet always my own observations have been enriched by the points of view of the other players in those unfolding dramas.
And always inside of me, from the time I was five years old, has lurked a writer — framing my observations and cataloguing them. Storing them up until I was ready to capture them on paper.
At 57 I began crafting my lifetime of observations into sketches and vignettes. Two years later I knew it was time to start sharing my stories with the world.