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The Lost Daughter of Happiness by Geling Yan
The Lost Daughter of Happiness

cportland, July 31, 2014

Narrated from the third person using painstakingly detailed, deliberate, and elegant prose, The Lost Daughter of Happiness goes beyond shallow stereotypes of Chinese culture to provide perspective into the lives of Chinese immigrants during the initial immigration wave to San Francisco. A hauntingly beautiful translation of Geling Yan's original Chinese novel, this narrative of one girl's journey, stolen from her hometown in rural China to take part in the sex trade of San Francisco, reveals a surprising story of dignity and devotion in the face of racism and social marginalization. The protagonist, a prostitute with a developmental disability, constantly shocks the reader with her simultaneous naivety, innocence, and resilience that allows her to thrive on the fringe of society. Torn between her duty and her love that span between two warring cultures, the Lost Daughter of Happiness brings solace and new perspective to all who meet her, while revealing the deep-rooted pride and ambition that marked immigrants to the United States during this time period. This book will challenge you to expand your views of morality, honor, and Chinese and American culture, while carrying you on a journey of adventure, love, sacrifice, survival, and above all, hope.
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Under Different Stars

cportland, July 29, 2014

Everyone loves some chick lit. Some fantasy. Some romance. Some action. This book has it all, and then some. The novel's heroine, Kricket, captures the attention of everyone around her with her unique name, fiery temper, sharp wit, and unexpected vulnerability. As fate drags her on an unexpected, hazardous, and heart-pounding adventure from the streets of Chicago to the otherworldly Ethar (home to an abundance of highly attractive and highly powerful beings), our protagonist wins over friends and foes alike while discovering the secrets of her past, present, and her future. Determined to write her own fate for a change, Kricket turns away from the uncertainty of her past to face the battles in love and war that lie ahead. The first in a new series by author Amy Bartol, this novel is the ultimate all-season read for any sci-fi romance fangirl.
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Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays

cportland, July 29, 2014

A wonderful collection of essays by the remarkably insightful Joan Didion. Flowing prose and vividly detailed vignettes combine to shape the reader's view of the world as Didion sees it: beautifully flawed and always unforgettable.
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