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Where the past begins : a writer's memoir

Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory"--
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Autobiographies
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tan, Amy.
Where the past begins.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
(OCoLC)970381348
Named Person: Amy Tan; Amy Tan
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Tan
ISBN: 9780062319302 0062319302 9780007585564 000758556X
OCLC Number: 1006723570
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Prologue. The breaker of combs --
I. Imagination --
A leaky imagination --
Music as muse --
Souvenir from a dream --
Hidden genius --
Reorientation: Homer, Alaska --
II. Memory in emotion --
Genuine emotions --
The feeling of what it felt like when it happened --
A mere mortal at age twenty-five --
A mere mortal at age twenty-six --
How to change fate: step 1 --
III. Retrieving the past --
The unfurling of leaves --
The auntie of the woman who lost her mind --
Unstoppable --
Time and distance: age twenty-four --
Time and distance: age fifty --
Time and distance: age sixty --
IV. Unknown endings --
The darkest moment of my life --
Nipping dog --
The father I did not know --
Reliable witness --
V. Reading and writing --
I am the author of this novel --
How I learned to read --
Splayed poem: the road --
Eidolons --
Letters to the editor --
Letters in English --
Why write? --
VI. Language --
Language: a love story --
Intestinal fortitude --
Principles of linguistics --
Companions in the house.
Responsibility: Amy Tan.

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