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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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Eggs
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BooknerdsLife This is beautiful 😍❤️🖤 I love that tea container so much! 1mo
Eggs Thanks so much! @BooknerdsLife 1mo
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callielafleur
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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! 😍 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Loved this movie & book, and years later I read Wild Swans which I loved as well. 2mo
Shakespearience I assigned this book to my students to read and read it then. I really enjoyed the relationships it explores. 2mo
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thebluestocking Nicely done! I was surprised at how few books I had on my list that started with J! 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you! Same here! Must scour for more 😂😂😅 2mo
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LokiDokey
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#30junebooks
The Joy Luck Club was my pick for #J
@howjessreads

BooknerdsLife Awww great pick! 💕🙌 Love this book and so relatable 😅 3mo
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Kazzie
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Not bad

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Bookish mail! I got 3 sleeves made by @createdbyraemn over on Instagram and she threw in the bookmarks. I also got this book for less than $3 shipped. Not the best condition, but yeah! It's old and it was $3. $2!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘m featuring this novel #Because it‘s an inspirational read about the lives of four daughters and their respective mothers as they navigate life in America. Great for #ImmigrantSong and Mother‘s Day celebration today.
Happy Mother‘s Day!

#BeatleMaynia
#MayMovieMagic

rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼💕 3mo
Cinfhen Nice mashup!!!! Well played 💕 3mo
Soubhiville I‘m planning to read this one soon! ❤️ 3mo
Pricel101 Bravo! 👏👏 this book is one of my all time faves! 3mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyMay19 Day 8: It is good to #shift one‘s thoughts and beliefs depending on context and experiences and demonstrate a measure of flexibility. Not sure, though, if this quote is directly from tagged book which I must have read decades ago. 😭🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕

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First day of Easter vacation, and spring has arrived!!

Had a lovely, quiet morning at the balcony in the sun finishing up this little gem of a book. Very much enjoyed reading all these short stories about the Chinese American immigrant experiences, that blended tales from two generations and old folklore.
Every story had high quality, and there really were no weak ones. But I do think the older generation held the edge. 4.5⭐️

#AtY2019 - Week 3

Crazeedi Lovely reading spot!❤ 4mo
hilded @Crazeedi Thank you 😍 Today it feels like summer, the sun is really warming up the balcony ☀️☀️ 4mo
BarbaraBB That looks lovely! Great book too! 4mo
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hilded @BarbaraBB It was, so nice not having to stress to work this morning. Happy Easter 🐥🐣 4mo
BarbaraBB You too! Hopefully with some more sunny days ahead! 4mo
Crazeedi @hilded here too! Put the cushions on the front porch chairs today! 4mo
Liz_M That looks like a lovely trading spot! 4mo
hilded @Liz_M Thank you, it was lovely feeling the summer warmth again ☀️☀️ And it looks like the whole weekend will be sunny and warm, perfect since I have some days off for Easter 🐣 4mo
Liz_M This is a new place - you moved recently? If so, what an excellent feature! Enjoy the holiday weekend and the spring weather. 4mo
hilded @Liz_M Yes, this is the new place, finally starting to settle in! And the outdoor area is one of the best features:) Still have some boxes lingering though.. 🙈 Enjoy your holiday weekend as well 😊 4mo
UwannaPublishme Enjoy your vacation! 💕 4mo
hilded @UwannaPublishme Thanks, you too! 😘 4mo
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Pricel101
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Reliving my favorite decades book by book. Here‘s my #80sretroreads list!

#bookbattle #betterwithage

The 80‘s! My love for books knew no bounds & I read every spare minute (I‘m a huge nerd but loved to disco too) 👯‍♀️🤓

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 👭😭
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy 🌊
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 🥇
Queen of the Dammed by Anne Rice 🖤⚰️🧛🏻‍♀️ @monalyisha

Lmk your faves! Any disco lovers?

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WhatDeeReads 💯 7mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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The book tagged is the latest one in my collection. I love the colors- this collection is so pretty! 😍 Anybody else collect these?

That-Bookish-Hiker This is so pretty! If I had this bookshelf I would admire it all day. 😆 7mo
RavenLovelyReads @That-Bookish-Hiker Thanks! I try to spend as much time as I can in that little room 😇 7mo
KatieCarpenter Gorgeous! Where are they from? 7mo
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Stephuhhnieee I would also like to know where they‘re from 😬 They‘re gorgeous! 7mo
Burghbookaddict Pretty! ❤❤ 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💗🌈 7mo
britt_brooke So pretty!! 7mo
RavenLovelyReads @KatieCarpenter and @Stephuhhnieee They are the Penguin Drop Caps- I‘ve picked them up all over the place- bookstores, half priced books (one), book depository, Amazon, and some were from my Christmas wish list :) 7mo
Stephuhhnieee @RavenLovelyReads So cool! I‘ll have to keep my eyes peeled next time I‘m on a book spree😁. Thank you!! 7mo
tracey38 So pretty! 7mo
readordierachel 😍😍😍 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🌈 colours! 7mo
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85eliana
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While a lot of it was beautifully written and compelling, I wasn‘t sure what to take away from this read. Family dysfunction is universal? It‘s certainly more nuanced than that as it explores conflict across generations, countries, and cultures. Ultimately worth the read.

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EleniKara
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Highly revered for a reason. I loved the details and learning about Chinese superstition and culture! Loved the relationship of mom and daughter and the vignette style read this was! I loved how it all tied together by the end and the set up of the chapters. A quick read but a memorable one! Of course no book is perfect, I do wish there was more detail to characterizations but overall, enjoyable and leaves the reader with stuff to think about!

EleniKara Also using this for #readingwomenchallenge prompt a multi-gen family saga 7mo
tracey38 I have not read this book but remember enjoying the movie years ago. I wonder how it compares. 7mo
Lcsmcat I loved this book. It was my first by Tan, and I‘ve continued to admire her work. 7mo
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marshallgal81 So glad you enjoyed this one!!! It‘s an all time favorite of mine. ❤️ 7mo
EleniKara @tracey38 I haven‘t seen the movie yet but planning on getting my hands on it to compare! I hear it‘s a really good adaptation 7mo
EleniKara @Lcsmcat my first Tan as well, definitely may check out more of her work! 7mo
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On a better note, starting this one after years of my mother suggesting The Joy Luck Club, I am finally reading it. It‘s her favorite book and this dedication already has me smiling as someone incredibly close to my mother!

Do you all have any books that mean a lot between you and a relative?

JSW Ohhh what a treat awaits you! ❤️ My mom and I love Jane Austen. 8mo
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Nute
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Last book of 2018.
Yesterday evening I finished The Joy Luck Club. I wanted to post something right then and there, but for a moment I was immobilized. Amy Tan gives a tender beautiful and at times painful examination of motherhood (specifically mother-daughter relationships). I, being a daughter, should have gravitated there, but instead was lead to examine how I am mothering my son...how am I recognizing the individual within him?👇🏽

Nute Yes, the writing is magnificent...the imagery is powerful and I was caught up in that, but the magic of this book is the journey that it sets every parent and every child upon...what is at the crux of our relationships? What lessons do we want to pass on? What lessons do we choose to receive? What secrets do we reveal? What words do we share? What do we try to control? And how do we know when to let a thing be or let some things go?👇🏽 (edited) 8mo
Nute How much credence do we give to fate? How can we ignore faith? I want to do this mothering-thing right or at least as best as I can. I ask my son to be patient everyday. I‘m bringing 💯! I feel that Amy Tan gave some insight that I will cherish all my days. Highly Recommended! (edited) 8mo
Ruthiella I thought this was a fabulous book as well. Great review! Love your insights as a parent!😀 8mo
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Reggie This whole review, all the stars. 8mo
CBee One of my favorite books of all time ❤️❤️ 8mo
Suet624 Goodness! I‘m with @Reggie. Just a wonderful post. 7mo
Nute @Ruthiella @Reggie @Suet624 💛thank you💛 6mo
Nute @CBee Definitely added to my Favorite Books list! (edited) 6mo
CBee @Nute so much love for this book ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
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This was book no. 30 for 2018 and inspired my TBR for 2019. Wanting a diverse literary viewpoint, I will only be reading books from female authors and people of color for 2019.

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moon110581
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I always enjoy this book whenever I read it. Reading it in this day and age brought out its definite boomer aspects in an interesting way.

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"When you lose your face..., it is like dropping your necklace down a well. The only way you can get it back is to fall in after it."

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚🎄📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
moon110581 Thank you! 8mo
RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 8mo
moon110581 Thank you! 8mo
Eggs Loved this book! Welcome to Litsy 🤗 8mo
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auntie_jenn
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never read this when it came out, but glad i finally did. thanks for the 2-for-1 @audible!

Reviewsbylola Great read! 9mo
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VictoriaB
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This was a re-read for me - I originally read it in the early 90s, and it was just as touching the second time, but with a different perspective of now having a daughter of my own.

A look at mother-daughter relationships though the viewpoints of Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters.

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Someone seems to have borrowed my copy of this novel of Chinese-American families in San Francisco, #California and never returned it 😑 Though the book isn't perfect, I was deeply touched by the depiction of fraught mother-daughter relationships in both the book and the movie adaptation. #NoFemmeber

@Billypar @Cinfhen

Reviewsbylola I read this one for a college course I think and I remember really enjoying it. 10mo
Billypar Amy Tan is one of those authors that I really want to try, but I'm always unsure if I should start with this one, or try one of the lesser known ones first 🤷 #bookishdilemmas 10mo
Cinfhen I heard so much about this novel that it somehow missed the mark for me. I was underwhelmed 😔 @Reviewsbylola @Billypar 10mo
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Centique 😊 I just love Amy Tan. 10mo
batsy @Reviewsbylola @Billypar @Centique This was an absorbing story but I haven't read any of her other novels, which I should fix! 10mo
Reggie I love this book. This is such a touchstone for my early 20‘s and a friendship I had back then. A friend and I used to quote the movie all the time to each other. For my birthday that year he gave me a feather, which I still have, “that represents all my hopes and dreams for you this year, Reggie.” In best best presents of all time, that one remains up there till this day. 9mo
batsy @Reggie That's so sweet! The best kind of friendships to have ❤️ The book is surprisingly kind of a touchstone for me, as well. Read it as a teen when it was useful for me to understand my own mother... 9mo
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rekahlee
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Been a while since I shared what I was reading! Just finished Rules of Magic and I‘m diving into this classic. Also finally trudging my way through the Red Rising series, which is kind of disappointing me 😒

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timthemute
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For 25 years this book has been a classic novel of family, myth, history, and love- that kind of love between people who are bound together by blood and sacrifice. Equal parts playful and heartbreaking, this interwoven collection of stories is the definitive work of first generation Asian American writers coming to terms with their parents hopes for their children‘s lives to extend beyond their reach.

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😭I have a flat tire which I could have changed myself, but it‘s rainy, sleeting and all of 34 degrees outside. So I‘m hanging out at Big O Tires waiting for what I hope is a patch repair job. I have my water bottle and my book and some unexpected time off from work. This is doable...possibly even with some joy!😃

Amy Tan‘s writing is gorgeous. I‘m embarrassed that it took me so long to read this book.
Application: WordSwag

erzascarletbookgasm Thank goodness you have your book with you! All‘s good! 😊 10mo
saresmoore I love this post! And I‘m with you—changing a tire in bad weather is awful! 10mo
silentrequiem This book made me cry ugly tears. 10mo
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Wife Silver lining. ☁️☁️☁️ 10mo
Nute @erzascarletbookgasm @wife I try to look on the bright side of things. Some events feel like bleak and then bleaker. However, you both are right, today I had a book and a long morning before other face-to-face human interaction and that is a silver lining.☺️ 10mo
Nute @saresmoore When cold temperatures return in autumn, the first blustery day always feels like the coldest day ever on earth. It was freezing cold outside yesterday. Way too unpleasant for changing a flat tire. I‘m so glad that someone understands me.🧡 10mo
Nute @silentrequiem I feel that moment coming on. Tears and many of them. Hopefully it is a soul-cleansing process. I feel safe in Amy Tan‘s gifted storytelling.😌 10mo
GabrielleDubois I hate changing tires, and everything that has to be done for the car... so I married a man! 😊 10mo
Crazeedi Sorry to hear you had troubles. I did like this book a lot too! 10mo
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Nute
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This is what I decided to read next. It called my name after I watched the second episode of The Great American Read show. I actually thought that I had read it. It sounded so familiar and it was so big at its debut. It was one of my book club selections years ago, but I don‘t have it marked as ‘read‘ anywhere. I can only conclude that it is unread...an astonishing revelation that must be fixed.😳

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📚Joy Luck Club
✍️Peter James
🎥Juno
Food:jerky
#manicmonday #letterJ

JoScho Thanks for playing 💚 11mo
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MelAnn
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#manicmonday #letterJ
📖 📚 Joy Luck Club
🖋John Sandford
🎥 📺 Jurassic Park / Jurassic World movies except The Lost World: Jurassic Park (with Julianne Moore) - that one sucked; The Joy Luck Club
🥘 jerky (beef)

JoScho Thanks for playing 💕🦖 11mo
MelAnn @JoScho you are welcome - I actually played on the right day this week! 🦕 11mo
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Blooferlady
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I can see how #thejoyluckclub is highly regarded for being the pioneer of its own genre—I‘m not certain if others of its kind have been able to follow its success since its publication. Outside of the cultural references, the book showed many facets of mother-daughter relationships that probably any woman can identify with. I‘m a couple of decades late in catching on, but I‘m glad I finally came around to reading this. #amytan

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Blooferlady

She was perfect. I found every detail about her to be remarkable, especially the way she flexed and curled her fingers. From the very moment she flung her fist away from her mouth to cry, I knew my feelings for her were inviolable.

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Blooferlady

If you are greedy, what is inside you is what makes you always hungry.

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Susanita
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Amy Tan is the only author at #NatBookFest who has a book on the #GreatAmericanRead list. Who knew! On the right is Marie Arana.

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SHursman
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My favorite reading buddies. #summerlovinreadathon #telleverybookworm

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SHursman
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New day and I‘m reading a new book! Already almost halfway finished. #summerlovinreadathon #telleverybookworm9

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 12mo
vkois88 I've heard good things about this one! 12mo
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Librarybelle
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Book Two from my #MakeMeReadIt list. Such a moving view of Chinese culture, mother vs daughter, hopes and dreams, and sorrows and triumphs. I enjoyed this and am glad I finally took the time to read it. Definitely worthy as one of the Great American Reads and fulfills one of my #GARBingo squares.

ValerieAndBooks Glad you liked it!! 12mo
Bren912 One of my favorites!!! 12mo
suvata ♥️ 12mo
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llwheeler
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What a lovely dedication. Looking forward to finally reading this. It's only been on my tbr for, oh, 10+ years...

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Librarybelle
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This is how we do Friday mornings at my house... #catsoflitsy #Zeke #SebastianKitty

JennyM Couldn‘t think of a better way to start Friday mornings. 12mo
Cathythoughts What a gorgeous pic 12mo
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RealLifeReading Perfect! 12mo
RadicalReader @Librarybelle read this book in 10th grade literature and loved it 12mo
thegreensofa Omg, I would never get out of bed! 😻❤️ 12mo
Librarybelle @RadicalReader I‘m enjoying it so far! 12mo
Librarybelle @thegreensofa I know! ❤️ 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl Lucky you! 12mo
minkyb Looks purrrrrfect! 12mo
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bookandcat
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#agameoffavorites Day 6: Author of Color
I have a lot of favorite authors who are people of color (Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, N K Jemisin, Min Jin Lee, Isabel Allende, Arundhati Roy, etc.) but today I wanted to share one of my very favorites: Amy Tan!
In an interview in 2013, Tan mentioned she had enjoyed Ford's Canada and Jane Eyre, and that she liked writer Ha Jin and Chinese classic book Jing Ping Mei, among others. Link in comments.

bookandcat Whoops forgot to tag the hosts! @WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG 13mo
mhillis Interesting! Amy Tan is one of my favorites too 13mo
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Librarybelle
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This is number 2 on my #MakeMeReadIt list. Starting this today, but will have to set this aside tomorrow, as I will have to start this month‘s historical fiction book group book.

laundry_piles Love these beautiful orange penguin editions! 13mo
ValerieAndBooks When they had the Book Outlet sale on these particular orange editions, I was tempted to add this to my cart but resisted because I still have my copy from way back when. It‘s good! 13mo
Librarybelle @ValerieAndBooks Good willpower! 13mo
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Librarybelle
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Part of my #tbr for August. Other books will be added to this, but as these are most of my #MakeMeReadIt books, I can at least take a picture of them. #austeninaugust

samesfoley I‘m about halfway through Red Queen (on audiobook) and loving it! Hope you enjoy it as well :) 13mo
Librarybelle @samesfoley Thanks! It‘s been on my to read list for awhile, so I‘m glad I finally managed to get it into the reading rotation. 13mo
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violabrain
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How have I never read this before now? Such a beautiful book!

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GripLitGrl
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Linsy ♥️ 13mo
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EadieB
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Pickpick

Finished 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. #thegreatamericanread #amytan
#thejoyluckclub

Bren912 I loved this book!! 1y
EadieB @Bren912 Me too! It was a great audio! 1y
Susanita We saw the movie on our honeymoon, and my husband still talks about how bored he was. 😆 1y
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EadieB @Susanita That‘s funny! 1y
C.Perone Loved this book💕💕 1y
JoRead I remember watching this movie at a young age and it left a powerful image of America, immigrants, and womanhood in general. I don't know why it's taken so long for me to read the actual book 😅 1y
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EadieB
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Cleaning my house today while listening to this audio.

#thegreatamericanread #thejoyluckclub #amytan

ptkpepe98 I read that years ago. I didn't truly appreciate the mother-daughter dynamics at the time.🤗 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need a recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut for summer reading? A sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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erinreads
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I had a dentist appointment today, but our dental plan changed at work last year and now my dentist no longer accepts my insurance. 😭 but also 🤗 because I didn‘t actually have to see the dentist! Now I‘m treating myself to an early lunch at Nando‘s and going to enjoy my day off now.

Susanita I love Nando‘s!! 1y
Aims42 Awww, bummed to hear about your dentist being out of network 😔 But your lunch is making me drool 🤤 1y
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erinreads
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Half reading, half watching, full bottle of Korbel consumed. Wednesday night, am I right?

monalyisha I‘m over here with my lentil soup; 5,000 packages of oyster crackers; & my IPA. I feel you! It‘s been a Monday of a Wednesday! 1y
erinreads @monalyisha Well, now I wish I had some oyster crackers. 😂 1y
Beckys_Books Half bottle of rose consumed here! 1y
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erinreads @Beckys_Books We‘re winning tonight! 👌🏻 1y
saresmoore Not pictured: third half scrolling Litsy, amirite? Just me? 1y
Kimberlone The best 🍾📚 1y
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