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Song, Janet

Overview
Works: 25 works in 103 publications in 1 language and 7,042 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Psychological fiction  Children's audiobooks  Biography  Drama  Young adult works  Autobiographies 
Roles: Narrator, Performer
Classifications: PS3569.E3334, 813.54
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Publications about Janet Song
Publications by Janet Song
Most widely held works by Janet Song
Dreams of joy by Lisa See( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,425 libraries worldwide
Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father, the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. 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
Shanghai girls by Lisa See( Sound Recording )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 1,412 libraries worldwide
Sisters May and Pearl leave their 1930s Shanghai home for a better life in America. They have been arranged to be married to two L.A. businessmen, and uncertainty regins. Arriving at Angel's Island (the Western Ellis Island), they are soon introduced to the harsh realities of immigrant life
Where the mountain meets the moon by Grace Lin( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 997 libraries worldwide
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River
Snow flower and the secret fan by Lisa See( Sound Recording )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 750 libraries worldwide
Lily is haunted by memories--of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. 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"). They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. 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. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart
Peony in love a novel by Lisa See( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 606 libraries worldwide
Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family is betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera. Peony attends the production, watching from behind a screen, but catches sight of a handsome man and begins a journey of love and sorrow
After dark by Haruki Murakami( Sound Recording )
8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 487 libraries worldwide
Set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, the novel features two sisters--Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically alien to her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they've met before, a burly female "love hotel" manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman
World and town [a novel] by Gish Jen( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 342 libraries worldwide
Sixty-eight-year-old Hattie Kong, descendant of Confucius, daughter of an American missionary, has lived to see both her husband and her best friend die back-to-back in a single year: "It was like having twins ... She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both funerals and did think she should have gotten some sort of twofer from the crematorium."But two years later, it's time for Hattie to start over
The commoner [a novel] by John Burnham Schwartz( Sound Recording )
7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 335 libraries worldwide
At the age of 24 Haruko marries the Crown Prince becoming the first non-aristocratic women to enter the monarchy. She is met with cruelity and suspision by the Empress. Years later as Empress herself she, persuades another young woman, Keiko, to marry her son
The world is bigger now [an American journalist's rescue from captivity in North Korea] by Euna Lee( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 132 libraries worldwide
For the first time, Euna Lee -- the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea -- tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world
Dragon bones a novel by Lisa See( file )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death--or is it a murder?--David, on behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the site an artifact that may prove to the world China's claim that it is the oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth
The interior a red princess mystery by Lisa See( file )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
"See paints a fascinating portrait of a complex and enigmatic society, in which nothing is ever quite as it appears, and of the people, peasant and aristocrat alike, who are bound by its subtle strictures
Stars between the sun and moon : one woman's life in North Korea and escape to freedom by Lucia Jang( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 70 libraries worldwide
An incredible memoir of North Korea by a woman who defied the government to keep her family alive.-Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household, her parents worked in the factories and the family scraped by on rations. Nightly, she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. It was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine. Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, who the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured
Diamond Head : a novel by Cecily Wong( Sound Recording )
3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
At the turn of the nineteenth century, Frank Leong, a fabulously wealthy shipping industrialist, moves his family from China to the island of Oahu. But something ancient follows the Leongs to Hawaii, haunting them. The fabled red string of fate, the cord that binds intended lovers, also punishes mistakes in love, passing a destructive knot down the family line. When Frank Leong is murdered, his family is thrown into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild in their patriarch's shadow, the surviving members of the Leong family try their hand at a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past. Still, the island continues to whisper fragments of truth and chatter, until a letter arrives two decades later carrying a shattering confession. Now the Leongs' survival rests with young Theresa, Frank Leong's only grandchild, eighteen and pregnant, the heir apparent to her ancestors' punishing knots. Told through the eyes of the Leong's secret-keeping daughters and wives and spanning the Boxer Rebellion to Pearl Harbor to 1960s Hawaii, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly powerful tale of tragic love, shocking lies, poignant compromise, aching loss, heroic acts of sacrifice, and miraculous hope
Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir by Suki Kim( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 62 libraries worldwide
A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign. Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields--except for the 270 students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them to write, all under the watchful eye of the regime. Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues--evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. She is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. To them, everything in North Korea is the best, the tallest, the most delicious, the envy of all nations. Still, she cannot help but love them--their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. As the weeks pass, she begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own--at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. The students in turn offer Suki tantalizing glimpses into their lives, from their thoughts on how to impress girls to their disappointment that soccer games are only televised when the North Korean team wins. Then Kim Jong-il dies, leaving the students devastated, and leading Suki to question whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged
The walled city by Ryan Graudin( Sound Recording )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels--or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself
Underground the Tokyo gas attack and the Japanese psyche by Haruki Murakami( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Covers the 1995 Tokyo Gas Attack, during which agents of a Japanese cult released a gas deadlier than cyanide into the subway system, as documented in interviews with its survivors, perpetrators, and victim family members
The vegetarian : a novel by Kang Han( file )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul. Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams--invasive images of blood and brutality--torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that's become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself. Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman's struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her
One child : the story of China's most radical experiment by Mei Fong( file )
2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
An intimate investigation of the world's largest experiment in social engineering, revealing how its effects will shape China for decades to come, and what that means for the rest of the world
Stars between the sun and moon : stars between the sun and moon by Lucia Jang( file )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household--her parents worked in the factories and the family scraped by on rations. Nightly, she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. It was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine. Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, which the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured
Stars between the Sun and Moon by Lucia Jang( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
"An incredible memoir of North Korea by a woman who defied the government to keep her family alive. Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household--her parents worked in the factories and the family scraped by on rationed rice and a small garden. Nightly, she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. But it was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine resulting in more than a million deaths. In this harsh time, Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, which the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This stunning demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured--loss of a child, starvation, imprisonment, and trafficking"--Provided by publisher
 
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