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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 show more 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. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Lover (1984) — Introduction, some editions — 5,223 copies, 155 reviews
In the Time of the Butterflies (1994) — Foreword, some editions — 4,518 copies, 104 reviews
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 787 copies, 4 reviews
Written by Herself, Volume I: Autobiographies of American Women (1992) — Contributor — 434 copies, 5 reviews
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contributor — 413 copies, 1 review
Women's America: Refocusing the Past (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 335 copies
For a Future to Be Possible (1993) — Contributor — 255 copies, 2 reviews
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contributor — 197 copies, 1 review
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contributor — 190 copies, 3 reviews
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contributor — 163 copies, 3 reviews
Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (1993) — Contributor — 159 copies, 3 reviews
American Dragons: Twenty-five Asian American Voices (1995) — Contributor — 125 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 120 copies
Growing up Asian American: An Anthology (1993) — Contributor — 102 copies, 2 reviews
Living with Shakespeare: Essays by Writers, Actors, and Directors (2013) — Contributor — 88 copies, 4 reviews
War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing (2016) — Contributor — 87 copies, 1 review
The State of the Language [1980] (1980) — Contributor — 84 copies, 3 reviews
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 57 copies
Asian-American Literature: An Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 31 copies, 1 review
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century (2005) — Contributor — 31 copies
Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (2001) — Contributor — 19 copies
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contributor — 19 copies
Don't Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies

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Skillfully crafted but not my cup of tea. The beginning and the end were required for a writing class and I can see the value in looking at the techniques she used to insert imagination but I skimmed much of it and couldn't wait to get back to my own reading of [b:H is for Hawk|18803640|H is for Hawk|Helen Macdonald|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394343876s/18803640.jpg|26732095]
 
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featherbooks | 70 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
A haunting story of a Chinese American trying to make sense of her heritage and confusing family history. She uncovers a story so powerful that finally allows her to accept her position in life.
 
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marquis784 | 70 other reviews | Oct 17, 2023 |
Another one I remember reading some years ago, without now recalling its details. But I do remember it was enjoyable.
 
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mykl-s | 5 other reviews | Mar 2, 2023 |
Kingston is a master at weaving first, second, and third voices into a memoir filled with anicient Chinese folklore and cautionary tales about womanhood. I felt a lot of sadness in Woman Warrior. The tragedy starts early in as Kingston describes her mother, a former Chinese doctor, telling a horrifying tale about an aunt giving birth to a sexless child in a pigsty and then committing suicide with that baby; drowning together in a well. There was such shame in this pregnancy, "To save her inseminator's name she gave a silent birth" (p 14). So much contradiction in culture! There is a crime to being born female and yet there is the story of the fierce woman warrior, the legend of the female avenger. My favorite parts were when Kingston addresses the difference between American-feminine and Chinese-feminine.… (more)
 
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