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The Joy Luck Club

Washington, DC Portrait of Edith Wharton, photographer unknown. From the collection of the Library of Congress. Although on the surface Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club may not seem to have much in common, each novel is---in its own way---an investigation of the...
October 2 , 2009 Washington, DC The Art of Tea at the Gillis Branch Library during Fresno Public Library's Big Read of The Joy Luck Club . Photo by Roberta Barton Here's a short take from novelist-critic-scholar Carolyn See on what makes Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club read-worthy. [Amy Tan] listened...
September 2 , 2009 Washington, DC By e_walk from Flickr While ostensibly focused on two different cultures, Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club actually have a lot in common. Both novels are comprised of interconnected stories, which layer the past and future to explore...
May 15, 2009 Washington, DC Yesterday, the Arts Endowment announced 11 new NEA National Heritage Fellows , the best of the best of the nation?s artists working in the folk and traditional arts. Tradition is at the heart of many of the Big Read titles, from the rigid etiquette of ?Old New York? in...
May 12, 2009 Washington, DC May is Asian/Pacific American month. Looking for a way to celebrate? There?s still time to check out Great Columbus Arts Council?s Big Read of Amy Tan?s The Joy Luck Club . To get you started, from The Big Read Reader?s Guide to The Joy Luck Club , here?s Amy Tan on the...
March 13, 2009 Washington, DC The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan has said that everyone has a story in them. Find out more about why Tan writes in the new Big Read film A Conversation with Amy Tan .
February 26, 2009 Washington, DC I remember how thrilling it was to learn how to cross the high-traffic Merrick Boulevard by myself when I was a second grader. (I also remember that when my mother let me cross the street by myself to go to ballet lessons, I made my teacher call her to make sure it...
February 19, 2009 Washington, DC Happy Birthday today to Big Read authors Carson McCullers (1917-67) and Amy Tan (1952)! From the Reader's Guide to The Joy Luck Club , here's Amy Tan's take on "Why read?" In childhood, reading provided a refuge for me, especially during difficult times. It provided...
August 9, 2007 Washington, DC No two people ever read the same book. Partly, this is because few people ever read the same two books in a row. Every book we read, we also read juxtaposed against the book before and the one after. For example, if you read the first 21st-century novel on the Big Read...

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