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Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid
Author: Anchee Min
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 444
Release: 2006-04-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0747588201

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'Empress Orchid is strong on both sexual chicanery and violent conspiracy ... fascinating' GUARDIAN 'An engrossing story ... enhanced by Min's imaginative power ... Like all good novelists, she implies as much as she says, and her characterisation is subtle and worldly-wise' GLASGOW HERALD _________________________ It is the 19th century, and China is in chaos. One woman will rise from poverty to change its history for ever. To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor's wives. When she is chosen as a lower-ranking concubine she enters the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City. But beneath its immaculate façade lie whispers of murders and ghosts, and the thousands of concubines will stoop to any lengths to bear the Emperor's son. Orchid trains herself in the art of pleasuring a man, bribes her way into the royal bed, and seduces the monarch, drawing the attention of dangerous foes. Little does she know that China will collapse around her, and that she will be its last Empress...


The Last Empress

The Last Empress
Author: Anchee Min
Publisher: HMH
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2008-04-07
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0547346905

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“Admirers of Empress Orchid will be interested in this sequel. Others may find the introduction to relatively modern Chinese history a revelation” (Rocky Mountain News). During the tumultuous end of the nineteenth century in China, the only constant was the power wielded by one person: the resilient, ever-resourceful Tzu Hsi, Lady Yehonala—or Empress Orchid—as readers came to know her in Anchee Min’s critically acclaimed novel covering the first part of her life. In The Last Empress, Orchid moves from the intimacy of the concubine quarters into the spotlight of the world stage. Devastating personal losses take their toll, leaving her yearning to step aside, but only she—allied with the progressives, but loyal to the conservative Manchu clan of her dynasty—can hold the nation’s rival factions together. Anchee Min offers a powerful revisionist portrait based on extensive research of one of the most important figures in Chinese history. Viciously maligned by the western press of the time as the “Dragon Lady,” a manipulative, blood-thirsty woman who held onto power at all costs, the woman Min gives us is a compelling, very human leader who assumed power reluctantly, and who sacrificed all she had to protect those she loved and an empire that was doomed to die. “The vision of an empress who very nearly had it all: vulnerability and strength, motherhood and power, earthiness and dignity, compassion and ambition.” —The Washington Post “Invokes the intrigue and opulence of nineteenth-century China while telling the story of its improbably dominant ruler.” —Los Angeles Times


Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid
Author: Anchee Min
Publisher:
Total Pages: 631
Release: 2006
Genre: China
ISBN: 9781405615228

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To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor's wives. When she is chosen as a lower-ranking concubine she enters the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City. But beneath its immaculate facade lie whispers of murders and ghosts, and the thousands of concubines will stoop to any lengths to bear the Emperor's son. Orchid trains herself in the art of pleasuring a man, bribes her way into the royal bed, and seduces the monarch, drawing the attention of dangerous foes. Little does she know that China will collapse around her, and that she will be its last Empress.


Chinese Women Writers in Diaspora

Chinese Women Writers in Diaspora
Author: Amy Tak-yee Lai
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2009-03-26
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1443808423

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The mention of Chinese women writers in diaspora immediately brings to mind Jung Chang (b. 1952) and her Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (1991), which won the 1992 NCR book award and the 1993 British Book of the Year Award, and got officially banned in China. Despite its popular reception and crucial acclaim, Chang’s work has invited a lot of attacks. Among the most common is the contention that it merely focuses on the experience of the privileged and does not tell the reader what other memoirs have not already revealed. Chinese Women Writers in Diaspora is a pioneering study that focuses on four Chinese women writers currently living in the United States and England, whose works have been popularly received—and are in many cases, highly controversial—but have received little scholarly attention: Xinran (b. 1958), Hong Ying (b. 1962), Anchee Min (b. 1957), and Adeline Yen Mah (b. 1937). The chapters illuminate how Xinran constructs her identity and her fellow Chinese women in dialectics of self and other; how Hong Ying evokes cycles of return that blend Western and Chinese philosophical concepts; how Min employs images of theatre and theatrical conventions to depict the entrapment and transgression of her protagonists; and how Mah transliterates and appropriates both Western and Chinese fairy tale motifs to fashion her Chinese feminist utopia. While Jung Chang’s memoir seems confining, it has aroused interest in the genre of Chinese female autobiography, and Chinese women writers who live and write between cultures.


The Cooked Seed

The Cooked Seed
Author: Anchee Min
Publisher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2014-01-01
Genre: Artists
ISBN: 1408838206

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The sequel to Anchee Min's internationally bestselling memoir, Red Azalea, in which she leaves China for America, struggles to find her way, her voice and her love - and succeeds in all


Writers on the Air

Writers on the Air
Author: Donna Seaman
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
Total Pages: 485
Release: 2005
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1589880218

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Culled from Donna Seaman’s Chicago radio program, Open Books, this collection of interviews highlights Seaman's in-depth conversations with writers of literary fiction and creative nonfiction. A wide range of topics are discussed, including writers' inspiration, their favorite books, their working and research habits, and their opinion of the state of literature today. An introductory essay accompanies each interview and provides a brief biographical and critical discussion of the author's background and work. Interviews with Margaret Atwood, T. C. Boyle, Sandra Cisneros, Jamaica Kincaid, Chang-rae Lee, Alice McDermott, and Joyce Carol Oates are among those included.


The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition
Author: Joyce G. Saricks
Publisher: American Library Association
Total Pages: 402
Release: 2009-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0838990657

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Experienced librarian and coach Ruth Metz outlines a focused and results-oriented plan for achieving the best results from staff members through a coaching style of management.


The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition
Author: Joyce G. Saricks
Publisher: American Library Association
Total Pages: 402
Release: 2009-04-12
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0838909892

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Experienced librarian and coach Ruth Metz outlines a focused and results-oriented plan for achieving the best results from staff members through a coaching style of management.


Read On...History

Read On...History
Author: Tina Frolund
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2013-10-21
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1610694325

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Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds. This invaluable resource offers reading lists of contemporary and classic non-fiction history books and historical fiction, covering all time periods throughout the world, and including practically all manner of human endeavors. Every book included is hand-selected as an entertaining and enlightening read! Organized by appeal characteristics, this book will help readers zero in on the history books they will like best—for instance, titles that emphasize character, tell a specific type of historical story, convey a mood, or are presented in a particular setting. Every book listed has been recommended based on the author's research, and has proved to be a satisfying and worthwhile read.


Catalog of Copyright Entries

Catalog of Copyright Entries
Author: Library of Congress. Copyright Office
Publisher:
Total Pages: 996
Release: 1950
Genre: Copyright
ISBN:

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