The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (historical novel, 2013, 589 pages). I bounce around a great deal in my reading–between favorite authors and assorted genres. It’s rare for me to read every novel a given author puts out. And yet…this one is Ms. Tan’s sixth novel and the sixth I’ve read. (As an aside, I […]Read more "Reviewing:THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT"
A Generation Lost: China Under the Cultural Revolution by Zi-Ping Luo (1990, memoir) This extraordinary book details the often harrowing experiences of a bright young woman coming of age in Shanghai, China during the late-1960s/early-’70s’ turmoil of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. The title refers to an entire generation deprived of organized education because of the anti-intellectual beliefs […]Read more "Reviewed: A GENERATION LOST"