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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

To me, imagination is the closest thing we have to compassion. To have compassion you have to be able to imagine the lives of others, including people who are suffering, and people whose lives are affected by us.

Other Works about Chinese History and Culture

  • "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience." A Bill Moyers Special from PBS. (See for more information.)
  • Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. New York: Penguin, 1998.
  • Chang, Jung. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China. 1991. New York: Touchstone, 2003.
  • Zee, A. Swallowing Clouds: A Playful Journey Through Chinese Culture, Language, and Cuisine. 1990. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.
If you want to read some of Amy Tan's favorite books, you might enjoy:
  • Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, 1847
  • J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, 1951
  • Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, 1955
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, 1988
If you want to read books that influenced Amy Tan as a storyteller, you might enjoy:
  • Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, 1975
  • Louise Erdich's Love Medicine, 1984
  • Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, 1985


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