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Friday Reads: The Year of the Dog


February 16th marked the first day in China’s traditional lunar calendar and is the country’s most important holiday with colorful celebrations that culminate with The Lantern Festival on March 2nd.  2018 is the Year of the Dog and, running with that lead, we are unleashing classic and contemporary canine stories for the occasion – all ages welcome!

  Beloved Dog by Maira KalmanBELOVED DOG by Maira Kalman With her trademark style, wit, and with great sensitivity, renowned arist and author Maira Kalman reveals why dogs bring out the best in us.     Dog Love by Ann DeVitoDOG LOVE by Ann DeVito In Dog Love, Ann DeVito brings man’s best friend to life with a collection of vibrant illustrations and snappy descriptions that pay loving homage to pups from all walks of life—no pun intended—from sophisticated, recognized breeds to lovable mutts and everything in between. DeVito’s distinctively bold, whimsical art combined with fun facts and famous quotes results in an elegant book that will delight dog lovers of all kinds.   Dog Songs by Mary OliverDOG SONGS: POEMS by Mary Oliver Threaded throughout Mary Oliver’s many collections, there have always been dogs. Beloved by her readers, special to the poet’s own heart, the dog poems offer a special window into Mary Oliver’s universe. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver’s relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will here come to colorful life.   A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue HalpernA DOG WALKS INTO A NURSING HOME: LESSONS IN THE GOOD LIFE FROM AN UNLIKELY TEACHER by Sue Halpern Pransky was bored: she needed a job. And so Sue Halpern decided to give herself and her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy-dog team. Pransky proved to be not only a terrific therapist, but an unerring moral compass as well.   Soldier Dogs by Maria GoodavageSOLDIER DOGS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA'S CANINE HEROES by Maria Goodavage A leading reporter offers a tour of military working dogs’ extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them.     You Had Me at Woof by Julie KlamYOU HAD ME AT WOOF: HOW DOGS TAUGHT ME THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS by Julie Klam The New York Times bestselling You Had Me at Woof is the often-hilarious and always charming story of one woman's discovery of all she really needed to learn about life through her relationships with her canine companions. Klam shares how her love for dogs and the lessons she's learned caring for them has shaped her heart.   The Call of the Wild by Jack LondonTHE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London The classic survival story by Jack London in a beautiful hardcover edition Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?   Dog Stories by DOG STORIES edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Dog Stories rounds up a pack of vivid and colorful stories about man’s best friend by a wide range of great writers, from Mark Twain and Anton Chekhov to Patricia Highsmith and Jonathan Lethem. Here are stories that touchingly illuminate the dog’s role in the emotional lives of humans, such as Tobias Wolff’s “Her Dog,” in which a widower shares his grief for his wife with her grieving pet. Here, too, are humorous glimpses of the canine point of view, from O. Henry’s tale of a dissatisfied lapdog’s escape to P. G. Wodehouse’s cheerfully naïve watchdog who simply wants everybody to get along. These writers and others—Ray Bradbury, Doris Lessing, Thomas McGuane, Rick Bass, James Salter, and Penelope Lively among them—offer imaginative, lyrical, and empathetic portraits of humanity’s most devoted companion.   WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson RawlsWHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson Rawls Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.   The Incredible Journey by Sheila BurnfordTHE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Sheila Burnford An inquisitive Labrador retriever, friendly bull terrier, and courageous Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to find their owner in this truly “incredible” adventure. Instinct tells them that the way home lies to the west and together the three house pets face hunger, the natural elements, and wild forest animals as they make their way home to the family they love. This timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their owner inspired the movie “Homeward Bound.”   For more on these and Chinese New Year-related titles visit: Year of the Dog
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Friday Reads: Chinese Lit for the New Year

chinese-year-of-the-rooster-stamps-300x150This year, Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rooster – begins on Saturday January 28 and lasts until February 15th, 2018. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. In honor of the occasion, we are highlighting some of our best novels by Chinese authors.

FEATURED TITLES 9780307911629_ee601THE BOAT ROCKER by Ha Jin From the award-winning author of Waiting: an urgent, timely novel that follows an aspiring author, an outrageous book idea, and a lone journalist’s dogged quest for truth in the Internet age.   9780804172066_c16b7CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND by Kevin Kwan Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.   9780142002186_91433THE FLOWER DRUM SONG by C. Y. Lee Originally published in 1957, The Flower Drum Song was a groundbreaking work of popular literature. An immediate bestseller, it inspired the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. This charming, bittersweet tale of romance and the powerful bonds of family tells the story of Wang Ta, living in San Francisco’s Chinatown-with his widowed father, who wants what every young American man wants: a great career and a woman to love   9780452271586MCHINA BOY by Gus Lee Kai Ting is the only American-born son of an aristocratic Mandarin family that fled China in the wake of Mao’s revolution. Growing up in San Francisco’s ghetto, Kai is caught between two worlds—embracing neither the Chinese nor the American way of life.   9780143116530_91505THE PIANO TEACHER: A NOVEL by Janice Y. K. Lee In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, Janice Y.K. Lee’s debut novel is a tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beau …   9780812980356_c20daSNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, an “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime.   9780385722209_860a4BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS by Dai Sijie An enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution.   9781594480201_54330BEIJING DOLL by Chun Sue Banned in China for its candid exploration of a young girl’s sexual awakening yet widely acclaimed as being “the first novel of ‘tough youth’ in China” (Beijing Today), Beijing Doll cuts a daring path through China’s rock-and-roll subculture.   9780143113270I LOVE DOLLARS: AND OTHER STORIES OF CHINA by Zhu Wen An immediate sensation upon publication in China, I Love Dollars is a hilarious send-up of China’s love affair with capitalism by one of its most gifted new writers. In the title story, a young man, acutely aware of his filial duty, sets out to secure a prostitute for his father, only to haggle his old man out of a good time.   9780140168549RED SORGHUM: A NOVEL OF CHINA by Mo Yan The acclaimed novel of love and resistance during late 1930s China by Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty.   For more on these and related titles visit: Chinese Lit