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The Kitchen God's Wife
The Kitchen God's Wife | Amy Tan
With the same narrative skills and evocative powers that made her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, a national bestseller, Tan now tells the story of Winnie Louie, an aging Chinese woman unfolding a life's worth of secrets to her suspicious, Americanized daughter.
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TK-421
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“This is from Grand Auntie," my mother explains. "She told me 'If I buy the cheap tea, then I am saying that my whole life has not been worth something better.' A few years ago she bought it for herself. One hundred dollars a pound."

"You're kidding." I take another sip. It tastes even better.

#tea #QuotsyDec19

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Today has been an awesome mail day! My #LMPBC selection from the last round is back! I so look forward to reading all of your thoughts on this one! @suvata @Kaila-ann @Hooked_on_books 💕 Kaila, I'm a little late sending out The last Romantics but it will be on it's way home to you Monday.
#lmpbc

Kaila-ann No worries, I‘m making a post office run today myself. 1mo
Mynameisacolour @Kaila-ann Thank you! 1mo
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#LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB
@mynameisacolour

I am putting your book in the mail this afternoon. You should have it back in a couple of days.

Mynameisacolour Thank you! This was such a great round! 🧡 2mo
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#LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB
@mynameisacolour @Kaila-Ann @Hooked_on_books @suvata

I am very sad to say goodbye to Round 6. This was great group that picked great books. Thanks, ladies.

Now on to Round 7 ....

Hooked_on_books I‘m still finishing yours, which I‘m finding very absorbing, but I agree! This was a good mix. 2mo
suvata @Hooked_on_books No rush. I am glad you are enjoying it. 2mo
Kaila-ann Agreed! I just finished this one. I don‘t think i could have asked for a better group for my first round - thank you. 2mo
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Pearl Louie Brandt is a contemporary Asian-American and Winnie is her Chinese born mother. Except for the beginning and ending chapters, most of the story documents Winnie‘s extraordinary and brutal life in China. Parts of her story are difficult to read and, frankly, cringe-worthy — but all of it had to be told. Overall it‘s a very touching story about the relationship between a mother and daughter and hidden secrets kept by both.

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Coming up...
Last book of #LMPBC Round 6 #GroupB and
First book of #LMPBC Round 7 #GroupL
These rounds seem to go so quickly. I‘m having a lot of fun with this little book club.

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7 days. 7 covers you love. No explanation. Tag a new person to participate each day.

#7covers7days #coverlove Day 2

@TheBookHippie Wanna play?

TheBookHippie I did already so fun! 3mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

This book starts as an exploration of the relationship of a mother and daughter then turns to the mother‘s story, becoming an adult in WWII-era China. I struggled with the shift in tone when the focus shifted but felt the book came together for me in the last 100 pages. And I totally want to color in this cover! #groupB #LMPBC

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My latest #LMPBC has touched down! I‘ve enjoyed Amy Tan before, so I look forward to reading this. And the pups think it smells fascinating! 😂 #groupB

Kaila-ann I have a cat 😳🤣 3mo
Hooked_on_books @Kaila-ann Aha! You know I wondered if that were the case, since Bindi was fascinated by the first book, too. That‘s really funny. 3mo
Kaila-ann @Hooked_on_books that‘s probably what it is then lol. Tell Bindi that Shadow says hi 😉🤣. 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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Bailedbailed

I‘m afraid I‘m bailing #unpopularopinion it‘s not that I don‘t like it ... I just don‘t like it that much to invest time in it ... 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Ahh, that‘s a shame, but we all like different things 😁 love your new pic. 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I know. I really wanted to like it!! Thanks X 👵🏻 3mo
batsy Yup... Rocking the look in the new profile pic 😍 3mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! The Granny look 😁 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts If by Granny you mean Cool Librarian slash Rockstar, then yes 😘👑 3mo
Cathythoughts @batsy you are very sweet 👍🏻thanks Suba X X 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I like your new profile pic 😍! 3mo
Cathythoughts @ValerieAndBooks thanks 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
JennyM I‘m still yet to read any Tan. And hi, love the new pic of you 😘 3mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM yes my first one if Tan , very readable too , but there was something missing for me. Thanks about the pic 👍🏻😘 3mo
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Kaila-ann
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My #lmpbc book is on its way to Hawaii. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! #groupb

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Hooked_on_books Excellent! I‘ll let you know when it arrives. 3mo
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Home from town with my library books. When I finish my present read I will start the tagged one .... inspired to try it after @TrishB review 👍🏻😊

Crazeedi Both good books!❣ 4mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi great ! I hope to start one over the weekend 👍🏻 4mo
TrishB Hope you enjoy 😁 at least they‘re from the library if you don‘t! 4mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB hubby has me on a library vibe ... he thinks it‘s something nice about the world... ( it is ofcorse) , we need to rebuild / repair the old city library in Cork , he‘s involved in the project... my Granddaughter can‘t get over the idea of “free” books ! Free anything ! Wow 4mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I agree- something very comforting about free 😁 4mo
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Kaila-ann
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This book . . . wow. The relationship between Pearl and Winnie and then Winnie‘s story . . . pretty rough. There were parts that were incredibly hard to read but Amy Tan did an amazing job of keeping you wanting to know more. As hard as this story was to read at times it was also very beautiful. That ending . . . ❤️❤️❤️.

It‘ll be on its way to Hawaii soon. #LMPBC #groupb

Mynameisacolour I'm glad that you liked it and so looking forward to reading everyone else's thoughts on it! 4mo
Hooked_on_books I really look forward to this. I‘ve enjoyed Tan‘s work—I think she‘s great. 4mo
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I don‘t know how Amy Tan‘s books have passed me by, but they have. I loved this, the cultural aspect, the history, but mostly just the family and friend dynamics. These are very cross cultural, we all have similar issues and concerns, though we obviously haven‘t all been through such dramatic circumstances. A good read 👍🏻
Thanks Kate 😘

Leftcoastzen I‘m glad you like her! I haven‘t read all her books but the ones I have, I love. 4mo
TrishB @Leftcoastzen I‘ll definitely be looking out for others. 4mo
BarbaraBB Then there will be some more great reads waiting for you. I loved especially 4mo
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TrishB @BarbaraBB I‘ve found one on my kindle I brought years ago! Memory fail. 4mo
Cathythoughts I want to give her a go, but I‘m afraid, after reading a snippet that there will be pop psychology involved? ! I find that hard to take seriously. But I‘m only going by a snippet so I hope I‘m all wrong here (edited) 4mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I didn‘t get that feeling Cathy. A lot happens and it explains relationships- but not in any preaching or psychology way. Family, friendship and culture are the main focus. I think you‘d like this 🤞🏻 4mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks, I‘ll definitely try her at some stage so 👍🏻 4mo
LeahBergen I loved this one! 4mo
TrishB @LeahBergen a lovely read 👍🏻 hope you‘ve had a good break! 4mo
LeahBergen @TrishB It was awesome! I thought of you when we drove by a sign to Dawlish. 😆😆😆 I said to my husband, “Hey! I have a bookmark from there!” 😆😆 4mo
TrishB @LeahBergen how cool 👍🏻 you should have gone, beautiful place. 4mo
Reggie Glad you liked this, nice review! Her Joy Luck Club is one of my all time faves. 4mo
TrishB @Reggie I discovered I had another one (unread) on my kindle. But Joy Luck Club seems to be a big fav so I will be looking that one up. 4mo
Centique I‘m late to see this but so glad you liked it! She‘s one of my favourite authors I discovered in my 20s, so I‘ve wondered if my fondness for her is partly nostalgic - youve reassured me to keep recommending this book 😍 4mo
TrishB @Centique they‘re still a good read! I‘ll definitely be looking for others. 4mo
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Thank you Kate - such a lovely surprise 😁😘 I‘ll look forward to reading this, it looks fab and has great reviews.
#jbuk ♥️

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this cover! 4mo
Crazeedi Read this several years ago, good story 4mo
Balibee146 Read all she had published including this year's, ago and loved them fantastic cover ❤️❤️ 4mo
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kathedron You are welcome, Trish! Hope you enjoy it 😃 4mo
TrishB @kathedron ❤️👍🏻 4mo
TrishB @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Crazeedi @Balibee146 it sounds like it‘s going to be a great read! 4mo
Reggie I liked this book a lot. 4mo
TrishB @Reggie it seems to have a lot of Litsy love ❤️ I haven‘t read any of her books (yet!). 4mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I read it years ago but remember that I loved it! 4mo
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Mynameisacolour
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I should have guessed that reading this was going to end up leading to some serious food cravings! I love when authors incorporate food into the story, it just makes it that much more real imo. This isn't the same kind of noodle soup mentioned in the story but close enough! 😋 #bookNlunch

jb72 I so 💜 when food is in a book. 5mo
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Ooof! In a very similar vein to Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (you have been warned!) parts of this book are brutal but it's the matter-of-fact way in which Weili/Winnie tells her story that makes it so devastating. Wen Fu is all the more horrendous for not being introduced as a fully-fledged villain but rather growing steadily more deplorable as the story progresses.
Does anyone write the mother/daughter dynamic quite like Amy Tan?

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 I‘ve not read this author at all yet, but this sounds great. 5mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve never read Amy Tan ( just see your comment now @TrishB ) & I think this sounds great too ! Stacked 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I also thought this was really well written. 5mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts she just seems to have passed me by! 5mo
Reggie I loved this book. And Amy Tan!! 5mo
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Excited to spend the rest of this rainy day indoors working on my #LMPBC pick. 💙 Love Amy Tan
#GroupB

Reggie I loved this book. The Joy Luck Club is my favorite of hers but this was pretty good. 5mo
Mynameisacolour @reggie I loved Joy Luck! It was the first of her books I'd read. Have you read The Bone Setter's Daughter? 5mo
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#LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB
@mynameisacolour @Kaila-Ann @EmilyM @suvata

It‘s a wrap on Group B. Excellent choices if I do say so myself.

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To my fellow group B'ers: here are a few selections on my TBR that are 400 pgs or less. Do any of these sound interesting to you? If not there are more where this came from 😊 @EmilyM @suvata @Kaila-ann
#lmpbc #round6 #GroupB

Mynameisacolour Tagging to try and make them easier to find 6mo
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Kaila-ann The tagged book or Down the Nile get my vote 😊 6mo
suvata I read the kitchen gods wife many years ago and absolutely adored it. I would be willing to read it again because it was that good. But really, I would go with any of the books you picked. 6mo
Areader2 #2& and loved Cee Cee Honeycut 6mo
Sweettartlaura The Library at Mt Char 👍🏻🙌🏻❤️. I can not recommend this enough 🥰 6mo
EmilyM I read Potato Peel Society but haven't read any of the others. 6mo
BooknerdsLife Happy reading! 📚💕 Loved the Kitchen Gods Wife & Have on my TBR & cant wait to start it too 🙌🏼 6mo
Mynameisacolour The kitchen God's Wife was my first choice if you are super 100% sure that you're happy to re-read it let's do that. If not we will do Down the Nile since that was the only other one anyone mentioned. @suvata 6mo
suvata @Mynameisacolour The Kitchen Gods Wife it is. I read it so long ago that I probably won‘t a loo of it. I just remember it touched me so. I would love that experience again. 6mo
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Loved this!! A story of one young woman‘s cry against patriarchy and injustice. Winnie tells her grown daughter the truth about her life in China before coming to the US just before the communist takeover. Fascinating account of war and of a horrific, abusive marriage, and of friendship and secrets. https://cannonballread.com/2019/04/the-kitchen-gods-wife-elcicco/

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A surprisingly wonderful Monday between unexpected #bookmail and surprise flowers from my sweetheart!
💕😍💕

Soubhiville Pretty! 9mo
JoScho It‘s the little things 💕 9mo
Mynameisacolour @JoScho It really is! 💕 9mo
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#wife #ANewChapter Seems odd , I loved the Joy Luck Club and this one has been in the stash a long time , yet still on my TBR.Maybe this year!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover and photo 💙💛 11mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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This is another beautiful Amy Tan but very sad. Probably not ideal for anyone easily triggered by domestic abuse and rape, although there are no graphic descriptions. It was often hard to read but once again Tan masterfully paints a picture of the everyday lives of Chinese people, this time during and around WWII. The ending makes up to a large extent for all the sadness.

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Been up since 4:20 and my littlest finally went into theatre for dental surgery. Tired and hungry and emotionally exhausted already! Plus this book is very emotional but a good read.

Libby1 I hope everything will go well with the surgery. Take care of yourself. 💕 11mo
RachelO Sounds like a hard day. Hope it all goes well 🌼 11mo
batsy Hope it all goes well with the little one ❤️ 11mo
TrishB Hope all goes well ❤️ 11mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Thanks @TrishB @RachelO @batsy all went well, she was so happy to be able to have breastmilk and food!! On our way home 11mo
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Help Littens! I loved the 2017 #LitsyAtoZ challenge so I decided at the beginning of 2018 to do it again but without purposefully choosing books for the list. I finally did the tally and I seem to be in better shape this year than last by the end of October. I only have FIVE books to go but the hardest letters. I‘m doing titles only. I‘d appreciate ideas for J, Q, X, Y and Z. Thanks y‘all!!

Texreader @Tashreads Thank you! I‘ve marked both to read! 14mo
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Texreader @Kaye They both sound awesome especially Quincunx but it‘s massive!! Not sure I could finish it time. I should probably start 2019 with it and get Q done early. Thank you!! 14mo
Kaye Yes it‘s pretty huge. It‘s very good , so maybe next year would be best. How about this one ? I haven‘t read it yet but it sounds good. 14mo
Texreader @Kaye Yes that one sounds good too! I added it 2018 tbr 14mo
jenniferw88 There's also Queen of Spades on @SerialReader which is very short if you haven't read it already. 14mo
Tashreads Jasper Jones is like Australia‘s version of To Kill a Mockingbird. I loved it 😊 14mo
Texreader For anyone interested, I‘ve picked for X: 14mo
Texreader For Z: 14mo
Texreader @jenniferw88 Whose the author? I‘m finding two books with that title 14mo
jenniferw88 @Texreader alexander pushkin! 14mo
Texreader @jenniferw88 oh good that one looks good and short! 14mo
julesG Not sure whether this is your cup of tea. 14mo
CarolynM I was lukewarm about it, but lots of people loved it 14mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Tashreads I was about to suggest Jasper Jones also! I read it this year and loved it. 14mo
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I‘m almost halfway through this audiobook. The current chapters are set in WWII China, and is an intimate look at what life was like for girls and young women/wives around this time. The narration is beautiful. I‘ve bad insomnia tonight and wishing I could listen to it at 3:15 am without waking the husband. Oh well...

Reggie Aww I liked this book. Have you gotten to the part where she goes to the passport office and the girl working says she should use a certain word to mean urgent? And if you could tell me that word please because I forgot it. But I know I used to say it all the time to a friend for a summer. Lol 1y
Texreader @Reggie Not yet but when I do I‘ll try to remember to tell you. 1y
Reggie Thank you sooo much!!! 1y
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1. The Kitchen God‘s Wife
2. Ezra Jack Keats ❤️
3. Kindergarten Cop
4. Knish

#manicmonday #letterk @JoScho

JoScho 💛💛💛 1y
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Tanisha_A I saw her at a book festival in India this year. She is adorable! 1y
Aimeesue @Tanisha_A She's fantastic! 1y
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alisonrose
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This is one of those books where you get stuck on how to recommend it b/c it‘s so painful and hard to read at times... but also moving and a powerful message of hope and belief in the possibility of a better life. My heart broke a hundred times, and was put back together just as often. I thought the structure was done really well, the “one character telling another a story” thing was the right fit here. I only wish we had more at the end. 4/5 ⭐️

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MY. HEART. IS. BREAKING. 😭💔😭💔😭💔

readingjedi I love Amy Tan's work. 1y
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If you asked me how I felt when they told me I would marry Wen Fu, I can say only this: It was like being told I had won a big prize. And it was also like being told my head was going to be chopped off. Something between those two feelings.

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1) Oh wow, that‘s a long time ago! Probably The Little Mermaid? Which came out the prior year.
2) Fries, though can‘t recall the last time I had any (illness thing, not a diet)
3) Superfruit, CHVRCHES, Dua Lipa, Lianne La Havas, Lykke Li, Misterwives
4. Tagged above, just started but already enjoying!
5) Will do 👌🏻
#friyayintro

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I‘ve read two other Amy Tan books—one I loved and one that was just ok. Wonder which direction this one will go! It definitely sounds right in my reading wheelhouse ... #nowreading

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atenelli

This is probably my favorite of all Amy Tan novels I have read so far. I am still missing a few, but will get there in time.#asianamericanfiction#amytan#favorites

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Centique
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#getmovin #believer

One of the things I remember about this book is that the protagonist Pearl (born in America) is frustrated by her immigrant mother Winnie‘s gods and rituals to ward off bad luck. Pearl is not a believer. Their relationship is strained until a dying aunt insists they share their secrets with each other. I love Amy Tan, I‘ve read all her novels and seen her speak. Her books feel a bit like old friends now!

Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked this book but your review makes me want to read this right away 💚 2y
Centique @Cinfhen thanks! I think this would be one you‘d like for sure 😘 2y
Reggie I liked this one. How the daughter had cancer so she made up a goddess for her to get strength from all while telling her, her own history. I just wished I remember the phrase her friend tells her at the passport office when you want someone to know it‘s an emergency. 2y
Centique @Reggie I had forgotten the bit about the passport! If I reread it I will find out and tell you😊 2y
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Just a few books that have crept into my house the last months, or in the case of the Sarah Waters, my sister lent to me maybe two years ago already? 😮

Thank you for the generous giveaway, @callielafleur and congratulations on 1000 followers!

#litsyisthebestINT

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A great read. This is a story about a Mother and Daughter, about secrets. Told in the traditional way of Chinese tales, it comes complete with lessons and morals. The story traces the story of Winnie Louise and her daughter Pearl. A lovely story of two women who have their own stories to tell, and also a story of Winnie and Pearl gaining understanding of each other.

Cinfhen Nice review!!! 2y
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It's been so long since the last time I have read a book by Amy Tan. So excited to finally read this!

Jinjer Just finished it. Exhaustingly good. 12mo
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SusanLee
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One of the best Asian lit I've read. Loved the expressions and anguish of a mother, relating her story to her daughter. My first Amy Tan and thus far gave me a good impression

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It was so difficult to choose a book for #funfridayphoto. I've read so many wonderful books for school (although I always dreaded English class and successfully avoided it after high school). The Kitchen God's Wife was probably the most influential for me but these have all impacted my life in different ways. If I had more room, I would have added more books, too. I have many, many "favorites."

Dragon Loved the Kitchen God's Wife and the Joy Luck Club 3y
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