Thursday, January 24, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Chinatown Lanterns

BTT wants me to name a favorite book that hasn't been widely heard of or read. I got stuck because I feel like my favorites will be familiar to most people, at least by name. So I booked on over to Gautami's response and read the comments. Her train of thought and recommendation of Amy Tan, one of my favorites--as an aside I was disappointed in her latest novel, Saving Fish from Drowning, but liked very much her non-fiction book on writing, The Opposite of Fate--led me to remember another Chinese American author I like very much, by the name of Gus Lee. Like Ms. Tan, the author writes of the experience of being Chinese American and how being between two cultures affects people. His novels, China Boy and its sequel Honor and Duty were a fascinating view of growing up Chinese in the U.S. and gave me insight into a culture that fascinates me. It also provided me with a partial frame of reference when working with some Chinese-American patients a number of years ago. I haven't read these two books in many years so I cannot be sure if recall rings true across the years but was pleased to see that Mr. Lee has written a couple of other novels and works of non-fiction.

7 comments:

T.F.P. said...

I like Amy Tan's works as well, so Gus Lee definitely does sound interesting. I'll have to check him out sometime!

Betty C. said...

Thanks for reminding me about Booking Through Thursday. I posted to it once or twice, but then forgot about it. It's certainly one of the most interesting weekly events out there; I just wish I had more time to read -- or didn't keep falling asleep when I try to do so!

pussreboots said...

Sounds interesting. Happy BTT.

Table Talk said...

Hi Sarala, thanks for visiting. I know the Tan but haven't come across Lee so I must look out for this as we have quite a large Chinese population in Birmingham as well.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I haven't heard of Gus Lee so I'll look out for her books. Thanks for the recommendation

Jud said...

I haven't read any of Tan's works and certainly had not heard of Lee. I guess I need to see what I have been missing.

rags said...

Thanks for checking out my blog, and for leaving a comment. . I will make it a point to read one of the books you have blogged about.