A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain | book review

Title: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories Author: Robert Olen Butler Series: n/a Publisher: Henry Holt and Company Publication Date: 1992 Genre(s): Short stories, Fiction Opening Line: I have no hatred in me. --from "Open Arms" The Synopsis This is a collection of short stories about the Vietnamese living in America post-war. Through fifteen varied stories, Butler…

No-No Boy | book review

Title: No-No Boy Author: John Okada Series: n/a Publisher: Washington University Press Publication Date: 1957 Genre(s): Japanese-American, Adult fiction Opening Line: December the seventh of the year 1941 was the day when the Japanese bombs fell on Pear Harbor. The Synopsis After two years in a Japanese internment camp and two more years in jail, Ichiro Yamada is…

Seventeen Syllables | book review

Title: Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories Author: Hisaye Yamamoto Series: n/a Publisher: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press Publication Date: 1988 Genre(s): Short stories, Asian-American, Realistic fiction Opening Line: In the middle of the morning, the telephone rings. -from "The High-Heeled Shoes" The Synopsis Here is a collection of short stories written by Hisaye Yamamoto, first published…

The Woman Warrior | book review

Title: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts Author: Maxine Hong Kingston Series: n/a Publisher: Knopf Publication Date: 1976 Genre(s): Memoir, Asian-American, Creative non-fiction Opening Line: "You must not tell anyone," my mother said, "what I am about to tell you." The Synopsis Maxine Hong Kingston grew up in America as a Chinese-American in the shadow of the…

The Joy Luck Club | book review

Title: The Joy Luck Club Author: Amy Tan Series: n/a Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Publication Date: 1989 Genre(s): Adult fiction, Asian-American Opening Line: My father has asked me to be the fourth corner at the Joy Luck Club. The Synopsis A group of women in China created the Joy Luck Club many years ago in the face…

Donald Duk | book review

Title: Donald Duk Author: Frank Chin Series: n/a Publisher: Coffee House Press Publication Date: January 1991 Genre(s): Fiction, Middle-grade, Asian-American Opening Line: Who would believe anyone named Donald Duk dances like Fred Astaire? The Synopsis Donald Duk hates his name. Not only does he hate his name, but he hates his entire culture. The only thing Donald…