St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the February 6, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

dragon springs roadDragon Springs Road : a novel

By Janie Chang

Abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate outside Shanghai, seven-year-old Jialing learns she is Eurasian—and thus doomed to face a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. As Jialang grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, she must find a way to survive political intrigue, jealousy, forbidden love and even murder.

 

woo-wooThe Woo-Woo : how I survived ice hockey, drug raids, demons, and my crazy Chinese family

By Lindsay Wong

In this darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when they should really be on anti-psychotic meds. At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and an honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself.

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