The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

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Knopf, 1976 - Biography & Autobiography - 209 pages
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A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts the circumstances, conditions, and consequences of growing up in frantic America within a steadfastly tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghost

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

I really only finished half of this, but I can tell I'm done for now. I'm having a hard time with all the ghost stuff that's so common in Chinese culture; it's so irrational to me and this is very ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A feminist book that is autobiograhical and empowering, it sets us straight on how it is that second-generation folks from immigrant families struggle to turn themselves into "warriors." Kingston ... Read full review

Contents

No Name Woman
15
At the Western Palace
111
A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe
161
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About the author (1976)

Born in California to immigrant Chinese parents, Kingston was educated at the University of California at Berkeley. Kingston soared to literary celebrity upon the publication of her autobiographica The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976). The Woman Warrior is dominated by Kingston's mother; her next work, China Men (1980), although not autobiographical in the manner of her previous book, is focused on her father and on the other men in her family, giving fictionalized, poetic versions of their histories. The combination of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and myth in both books create a form of balanced opposites that one critic has likened to yin and yang. Her first novel, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, was published in 1989.

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