Friday, February 20, 2009

This Day In History: Amy Tan

Yesterday marked the birthday of Amy Tan, the best-selling Asian American author. Many of her books, including The Joy Luck Club, discuss relationships between Asian American mothers and daughters. She has been nominated for many literary honors, including the National Book Award. Ms. Tan is something of a musician and is even writing a libretto based on one of her novels, to be performed by the San Francisco Opera. She is a member of The Rock Bottom Remainders, a garage band composed of famous novelists (such as Stephen King!). Proceeds from their shows go to literacy charities.

Stop by the NCC Libraries to pick up a book by Amy Tan, or to locate literary criticism of her work. And don't forget to look for information about your favorite authors on the Literature Resource Center database. For access instructions, contact the Reference Librarians at 610-861-5359, or by sending us an e-mail.

Books by Amy Tan:

Saving Fish From Drowning
PS 3570 .A48 S23 2005 Stacks

The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings

E-BOOK (Online)


The Hundred Secret Senses

PS 3570 .A48 H86 1995 Stacks

The Joy Luck Club

(Coming soon to the NCC Libraries!)

The Joy Luck Club [film adaptation]
Starring Ming-Na, Lauren Tom, France Nuyen, Rosalind Chao, Tsai Chin and Tamlyn Tomita
PN 1997 .J694 (VHS) Media Tower


Books containing literary criticism of Amy Tan:

Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion
by Jessica Bomarito
PN 471 .F43 2005 (6 vols.) Reference


Amy Tan: A Critical Companion
by E.D. Huntley
PS 3570 .A48 Z69 1998 Stacks (also available as an e-book online)

Asian American Women Writers
by Harold Bloom
PS 153 .A84 A83 1997 Stacks, Main and Monroe

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