When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city. From #1 new york times bestselling author lisa see, tea farming, a moving novel about tradition, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” The New York Times Book Review, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel #ad - In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.
Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Slowly, li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. As li-yan comes into herself, and city life, leaving her insular village for an education, her daughter, a business, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents.
The Island of Sea Women: A NovelScribner #ad - This beautiful, engaging in dangerous physical work, one where the women are in charge, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, and the men take care of the children. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association.
A classic lisa see story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives. Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore.
As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel #ad - A new novel from lisa see, the new york times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. The island of sea women is an epoch set over many decades, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers.
When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A NovelRandom House #ad - With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, and composed stories, dreams, and accomplishments.
Some girls were paired with laotongs, “old sames, ” in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel #ad - Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Lisa See's Peony in Love. As the years pass, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, through famine and rebellion, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. Lily is haunted by memories–of who she once was, long gone, and of a person, who defined her existence.
Snow flower and the secret fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. In nineteenth-century china, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu “women’s writing”.
With the arrival of a silk fan on which snow flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become “old sames” at the tender age of seven.
Shanghai Girls: A NovelRandom House #ad - Explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience. Usa todaybonus: this edition contains a Shanghai Girls discussion guide and an excerpt from Lisa See's Dreams of Joy. In 1937, the home of millionaires and beggars, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, patriots and revolutionaries, gangsters and gamblers, artists and warlords.
New york times bestseller • “a gifted writer. Along the way they face terrible sacrifices, and confront a devastating, make impossible choices, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are: Shanghai girls. Praise for shanghai Girls“A buoyant and lustrous paean to the bonds of sisterhood.
Shanghai Girls: A Novel #ad - Booklist“A rich work . They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree. In los angeles they begin a fresh chapter, brave communist witch hunts, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown’s old ways and rules.
. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, May, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, are having the time of their lives.
On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American FamilyVintage #ad - Out of the stories heard in her childhood in los angeles's chinatown and years of research, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.
Dreams of Joy: A Novel Shanghai Girls Book 2Random House #ad - Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z. G. Yet even as joy’s and pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives. Bonus: this edition contains a Dreams of Joy discussion guide.
Praise for dreams of Joy“Lisa See is a gifted historical novelist. One of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the morning books. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. A story with characters who enter a reader’s life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.
Los angeles timesin her most powerful novel yet, acclaimed author Lisa See returns to the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation.
Dreams of Joy: A Novel Shanghai Girls Book 2 #ad - Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the Communist regime. The real love story, the one that’s artfully shown, and aunt and daughter, is between mother and daughter, as both of the women who had a part in making Joy return to China come to her rescue.
For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed HistoryPenguin Books #ad - One of the most daring acts of corporate espionage in history, Fortune's pursuit of China's ancient secret makes for a classic nineteenth-century adventure tale, one in which the fate of empires hinges on the feats of one extraordinary man. For all the tea in china is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China—a thrilling narrative that combines history, natural science, botany, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.
Disguised in mandarin robes, fortune ventured deep into the country, hostile climate, confronting pirates, and his own untrustworthy men as he made his way to the epicenter of tea production, the remote Wu Yi Shan hills. A dramatic historical narrative of the man who stole the secret of tea from china in 1848, engaged Robert Fortune, and plant hunter, botanist, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, a Scottish gardener, the British East India Company, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China—territory forbidden to foreigners—to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing.
Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural HistoryUniversity of Hawaii Press #ad - The work traces the development of tea drinking from its mythical origins to the nineteenth century and examines the changes in aesthetics, ritual, health, science, and knowledge that tea brought with it. The shift in drinking habits that occurred in late medieval China cannot be understood without an appreciation of the fact that Buddhist monks were responsible for not only changing people's attitudes toward the intoxicating substance, but also the proliferation of tea drinking.
Tea in china explores the contours of religious and cultural transformation in traditional China from the point of view of an everyday commodity and popular beverage. The book will be of interest to scholars of East Asia and all those concerned with the religious dimensions of commodity culture in the premodern world.
Pilgrimages to monasteries that grew their own tea were essential in the spread of tea culture, and some monasteries owned vast tea plantations. Monks and scholars thus found common ground in the popular stimulant—one with few side effects that was easily obtainable and provided inspiration and energy for composing poetry and meditating.
Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History #ad - By the end of the ninth century, tea was a vital component in the Chinese economy and in everyday life. Tea in china transcends the boundaries of religious studies and cultural history as it draws on a broad range of materials—poetry, liturgical texts, histories, monastic regulations—many translated or analyzed for the first time.
In addition, rituals associated with tea drinking were developed in Chan monasteries, aiding in the transformation of China's sacred landscape at the popular and elite level. Tea was important for maintaining long periods of meditation; it also provided inspiration for poets and profoundly affected the ways in which ideas were exchanged.
Peony in Love: A NovelRandom House #ad - So begins peony’s unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow, the living world and the afterworld. Eventually expelled from all she’s known, Peony is thrust into a realm where hungry ghosts wander the earth, written words have the power to hurt and kill, and dreams are as vivid as waking life.
. Peony in love will make you ache in heart and mind for young Peony and all the women of the world who want to be heard. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Lisa See's Shanghai Girls. Praise for peony in Love“Electrifying. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret. In seventeenth-century china, in an elaborate villa on the shores of Hangzhou’s West Lake, Peony lives a sheltered life.
New york times bestseller • “a complex period tapestry inscribed with the age-old tragedy of love and death. The new york times book Review “I finally understand what the poets have written. A fascinating and often surprising story of women helping women, women hurting women and women misunderstanding each other.
Peony in Love: A Novel #ad - The miami herald“See mines an intriguing vein of Chinese history. Weaving fact and fiction into a dense romantic tapestry of time and place as she meditates on the meaning of love, the necessity of self-expression and the influence of art. Los angeles times“A transporting read, to lost worlds earthly and otherwise.
The Dutch House: A NovelHarper #ad - Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together.
But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested. The dutch house is the story of a paradise lost, love and forgiveness, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.
At the end of the second world war, cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.
The Dutch House: A Novel #ad - A read with jenna today show book club pick!from the new york times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, the house of their childhood, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, and a past that will not let them go.
Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. The story is told by cyril’s son danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A NovelSourcebooks Landmark #ad - Thanks to roosevelt's kentucky pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy's not only a book woman, she's also the last of her kind, however, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. If cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home. Not everyone is keen on cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble.
The new york times and usa today bestseller! "…a hauntingly atmospheric love letter to the first mobile library in Kentucky and the fierce, brave packhorse librarians who wove their way from shack to shack dispensing literacy, hope, and — just as importantly — a compassionate human connection. Sara gruen, author of water for ElephantsThe hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel #ad - Additional praise for the book Woman of Troublesome Creek:"A unique story about Appalachia and the healing power of the written word. Kirkus"a timeless and significant tale about poverty, intolerance and how books can bring hope and light to even the darkest pocket of history. Karen abbott, new york times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy"Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books.
Joshilyn jackson, new york Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Almost Sisters.