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The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club | Amy Tan
For readers of Amy Tan's bestselling novel, The Valley of Amazement, revisit her classic tale of mothers and daughters Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

All told, The Joy Luck Club wasn‘t really what I was expecting. It was fine, I‘m sure some find it deep and impactful, but it‘s not one I‘ll be thrusting into your hands or re-reading myself. In fact, I think reading the opening chapter as a short story by itself would make it much more powerful, so maybe give that a go instead. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-joy-luck-club-amy-tan/

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libraryofjamie
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“She told me to wear the necklace every day for one week so I would remember how easy it is to lose myself to something false.”

Beautifully written. A wonderful depiction of the love between mother and daughter.

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LiseWorks
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June 8 #BigJunePhotoChallenge @Clwojick I recently read this one

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Eggs
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There are some #courageous moms in this book

#MayMoms @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

CaroPi Beautiful book 2mo
Eggs Agreed @CaroPi 2mo
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TheSpineView
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LiseWorks Yes! I have just read this and thought the same lol 2mo
Eggs Yes!! Great choice! 2mo
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LiseWorks
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Pickpick

I had this book for awhile and I finally decided to read it. It is a great book. 4 Chinese woman immigrants form a club after setting g in San Francisco. Each have daughters. I have never heard so many sayings and stories to scare children as this culture. I cried with the stuff these families went through. It is a really good read.

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GinaKButler
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Starting the prettiest copy of this one...it‘s my December #doublespin and I‘m using it for my ‘80s book in the Decades Reading Challenge.

@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

marleed It‘s so pretty! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Oooo I love it!! I really enjoyed this one when I read it a few years ago. Good luck!! 6mo
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ICantImReading
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Amy Tan paints a complex portrait of the relationships between four Chinese mothers and their American-born Chinese daughters - the connection to family and culture as well as the distance, the storytelling and the miscommunication, the pride and shame, the beauty and pain. I‘m really glad I finally made time to read this.

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BriannaT
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Pickpick

When I finally read this classic, I discovered one of the stories was in my literature textbook in the 7th grade - I remember discussing it! I really enjoyed comparing the stories of the mothers to their daughters, and it also gave me insight into another world. I‘m the daughter of European immigrants, and it was interesting to see the similarities and differences between my family dynamic and the Chinese immigrant family dynamic.

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Sydneypaige
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Four family‘s stories told from different perspectives of mother or daughter, before and after immigration to the US depending on the narrator. Each family‘s story is compelling and I found this book hard to put down. Weaved into these families stories are folktales and rituals from China that contribute to who each family is and the mother/daughter relationships.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Pickpick

I started a reread of this classic last month during #AuthorAMonth, but got sidetracked with other things (annoying real life interrupting my reading). Still a great story of mothers & daughters, the things we share & the parts we keep to ourselves, the culture clashes that occur in any newly immigrated family as different generations adapt at different rates (honestly true of any family as kids adapt to new ways & tech differently than parents).

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rambiepaige
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It seems like the last month has just gotten away from me. Still working on this one! I‘ll gladly take any spooky seasons book recommendations though! 🎃🖤👻

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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

A series of vignettes focusing on the relationships between the mothers and daughters of the Joy Luck Club in the Chinatown neighborhood of San Francisco. I read this for the first time about 15 years ago and like it just as much now. #AuthorAMonth2021 #ReadingAsia2021 China

Librarybelle I loved this book! 10mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 10mo
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Eggs
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Pickpick

Amy Tan is an expert with the fragile complexity of the relationship between Chinese moms and their Chinese American daughters. It is moving, at times heartbreaking, and has a lovely flow 💗 🇨🇳

#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

mommyincolortv Read this last year and I LOVED IT! 10mo
Eggs @mommyincolor 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
DimeryRene I LOVE THIS BOOK. I read it about eight years ago and think about it all the time. 10mo
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Eggs @DimeryRene It is a truly memorable book ❤️ 10mo
TheAromaofBooks I loved this book when I read it a few years ago! 10mo
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks 💗 🇨🇳💔 10mo
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TK-421
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“I was taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people's misery, to eat my own bitterness.
and even though I taught my #daughter the opposite, she still came out the same way! Maybe it is because she was born to me and she was born a girl. And I was born to my mother and I was born a girl. All of us are like stairs, one step after another, going up and down, but all going the same way.” #QuotsyAug21

Leftcoastzen Love this book. 11mo
TK-421 @Leftcoastzen Me too! 11mo
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DebinHawaii
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#JulyJourneys

I loved the book and then the movie, and I‘m hoping to get tickets to go see the #stageplay at a local community theater in November. ❤️🐲💛

Eggs That sounds so good 😊 11mo
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DrexEdit
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I was finally able to watch the American Masters Any Tan documentary last night. Holy cow was it good! It reminded me how much I loved this book a million years ago. I feel like I need to put this on my re-read list.

Ruthiella I‘ve reread it since-totally holds up! 11mo
DrexEdit @Ruthiella excellent! Thanks! 11mo
Nute Ooooh, I‘m going to look for this documentary. I really like this book as well. 11mo
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Traci1
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My July #bookspin list. 🤞

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Kayla8
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Pickpick

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“Maybe it was because she was born to me and she was born a girl. And I was born to my mother and I was born a girl. All of us are like stairs, one step after another, going up and down, but all going the same way.”

Full GoodReads Review⤵️
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3130836247

#contemporaryfiction #familysaga #asianlit #china #chineseculture

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derr.liz
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and understand why it's so well renowned. The stories of each mother and daughter felt so real and were beautifully relayed.

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GinaKButler
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So excited about my December #bookspin and #doublespin picks! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks It's been a few years since I read The Joy Luck Club, but I remember enjoying it, even though it isn't exactly my “usual“ style. It was so interesting to see the generational differences between the women in the story & how that impacted their perspective on different situations. 2y
GinaKButler @TheAromaofBooks This has long been one of those books “I should have read by now.” As always, thanks for the nudge! 2y
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beautifulcrevice
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i‘ve been wanting to read this book for years and finally diving in 🎊 excited to watch the movie adaptation after i finish. book to film adaptations are usually the only movies i watch 🤭🤷‍♀️ #thejoyluckclub

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Schlinkles
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Today‘s plans because someone may have forgotten that book club is Tuesday 🤦‍♀️

Reviewsbylola Ha! Been there. This is a good read so at least there‘s that. 2y
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CaffeineAndCandy

If I now recognize evil in other people, is it not because I have become evil too?

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ItsAnotherJen
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Pickpick

Good book! Its nice to read something out of the norm of what I usually reach for. This book explores the relationships between four Chinese women who have immigrated to San Francisco and their American daughters. Its made up of 16 short stories. It gets a little confusing keeping the women and daughters straight, as there seems to be a similarity between them. Overall, I enjoyed it. The Chinese mothers have such a unique and wise outlook on life.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Awesome progress!!! 2y
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CaffeineAndCandy

Everybody looked down on somebody else. It didn't matter that everybody shared the same sidewalk to spit on and suffered the same fast-moving diarrhea 💩. We all had the same stink, but everybody complained someone else smelled the worst.

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CaffeineAndCandy
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Today's plans @Soubhiville thanks again for this book. I'm so excited about #scarathlon I'm just finding things to do in between. Thank God it's close. I don't celebrate Halloween, but since it's reading I'm in. 🥳📚

Soubhiville Looks like a good plan to me! Enjoy! 2y
AllisonM89 It's a great book! Enjoy! 2y
CaffeineAndCandy Thanks I am! @AllisonM89 😊 2y
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GinaKButler
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Birthday book haul...one more is still en route from the UK!

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Ruthiella
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3 books by authors of color

#3books

BarbaraBB Great choices 💕 2y
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Thanks! 😀 2y
OriginalCyn620 Great choices! 2y
Crazeedi We must think alike! I picked joy luck too!! 2y
Ruthiella @Crazeedi I loved that book! 😀 2y
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MallenNC
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I love this cover of the Joy Luck Club. I read the book years ago when the movie came out, and then several others by Amy Tan, but it was all before I tracked my reading so I don‘t remember much except liking it. #AugustAuthors

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Same.... I should probably re-read it soon. 2y
MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s what I was thinking too. 2y
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never seen this cover...love it! 2y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I found it online. I hadn‘t seen it before either. 2y
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Eggs
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Born in the U.S. in 1952 to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a succession of twelve homes by the time she graduated from high school. She and I are the same age #augustauthors #amytan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2y
Eggs @OriginalCyn620 🤗🤗 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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GatheringBooks
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#AugustAuthors Day 26: While I own many of her novels, I have to admit this is the only #AmyTan book I have read, thus far.

OriginalCyn620 It‘s the only one I‘ve read too! 2y
marleed I read this years ago but recently thrifted a hardback copy so I plan to reread in 2021. I‘d like to prioritize a reread or two each month next year! 2y
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doodeh
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Nicely put. I like Amy‘s style; it‘s full of eastern magic.

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Butterfinger
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The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Jesmyn Ward
The Joy Luck Club
Jackson 5
Jeremiah was a Bullfrog
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho He was a good friend of mine! 🎶 2y
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CampbellTaraL
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Pickpick

Such a beautiful book. Each story is poignant and wrenching. I love the way the perspectives weave together to paint a whole picture about the women's lives in China and in America.

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Kshakal
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Eggs This was a popular choice 👌🏼🤗 2y
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EadieB
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Day 6 - #LuckInTheTitle #MarchMadness
#TheJoyLuckClub #AmyTan

Listened to the audio of this beautiful story of 4 Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco who form The Joy Luck Cub. 40 years later story and history continue. Amy Tan examines deep connections between mothers and daughters. A very moving account and a true classic. Sad but story ends on a very positive note.

Cindyelizavaz One of my all time favourites! 2y
EadieB @Cindyelizavaz It is a great book! 2y
Cindyelizavaz @EadieB I watched the movie too while in the plane. Pretty good. I would recommend! 2y
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EadieB @Cindyelizavaz I‘ve seen the movie too! Very good! 2y
Crazeedi @Cindyelizavaz @EadieB it was an excellent book, I think her best 2y
EadieB @Crazeedi I agree! 2y
Cindyelizavaz @Crazeedi definitely her best! I've read a few others and dint like them as much as this. @EadieB 2y
Eggs Beautiful book 📖 👏🏻👏🏻. It stayed with me to this day 2y
EadieB @Eggs It is a story that I keep thinking about too! 2y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Mehso-so

I felt like this was an okay story, but it felt very disjointed.

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Eggs
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Amy Tan‘s #debut novel (published 1989) tells the story of mothers and daughters. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum and play mahjong: The Joy Luck Club.

#auldlangreads

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Great book! 2y
Come-read-with-me I remember the first time I read this! It made me look at the female relationships in my family in a very different way. Loved it! 2y
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Eggs The power of books that change our perceptions @Come-read-with-me 💕 2y
Crazeedi I remember how much I enjoyed this book 2y
Eggs Yes @crazeedi such a treasure. BTW, Tan has written a lot of books!! 2y
Crazeedi @Eggs I know, I've read 3 or 4 at least!! This was the first one I read 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Got distracted at the library today! Went in for an audiobook and came out with these two. 😊

I watched The Joy Luck Club ages and ages ago - I think the book will be great. I've had my eyes on The Memory Police too.

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jdiehr
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Pickpick

Not sure what took me so long to read this book from 1989, but I'm glad I finally did. It was a joy.

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Eggs
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BooknerdsLife This is beautiful 😍❤️🖤 I love that tea container so much! 3y
Eggs Thanks so much! @BooknerdsLife 3y
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callielafleur
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this modern classic, and I'm glad it included a character list and a table of contents, because I was a little confused at first about who was narrating, how it was related to the rest of the story, etc. But in the end it was just so enjoyable. 4⭐

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callielafleur
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I just started this, and I can already tell it's going to be way up my alley. Having trouble putting it down so I can go to work!

My only reference for this is the movie, and for some reason I keep combining it in my mind with How to Make An American Quilt, which must have come out around the same time. They were also both mom books when I was a kid. I'll have to put HtMAAQ on my TBR, has anyone else read it?

Caroline2 I loved both those films! 😍 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Loved this movie & book, and years later I read Wild Swans which I loved as well. 3y
bibliobard I assigned this book to my students to read and read it then. I really enjoyed the relationships it explores. 3y
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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thebluestocking Nicely done! I was surprised at how few books I had on my list that started with J! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you! Same here! Must scour for more 😂😂😅 3y
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