Book Review: 3 Must-Read books to Add to Your Reading List

Available in : Vietnamese


 April 28.2021



Land of Big Number – Te-Ping Chen



Originally published: February 2. 2021

Author: Te-Ping Chen

Genre: Political fiction

Land of Big Numbers, the debut story collection from Te-Ping Chen — a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and formerly a correspondent for the Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong — is a “stirring and brilliant” debut story collection, offering vivid portrayals of the men and women of modern China and its diaspora. Over ten stories, largely set in China, Chen evinces a capacity to sweep with astonishing ease from individuals to communities, from the settled middle-class to rural poverty, and captures the desires and losses of a richly drawn cast while drawing on the realities of contemporary China.






White Chrysanthemum – Mary Lynn Bracht 

Originally published: January 18.2018

Author: Mary Lynn Bracht

Genre: Novel, Historical Fiction

Mary Lynn Bracht’s White Chrysanthemum excels at shedding light on a relatively untold story, at least in the Western world, of the thousands of Korean women and girls who were sold into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during Japan’s colonization of Korea in the second World War. Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 2018, the novel is based on comfort women, Korea, Japan, and history.


Korea, 1943. Hana has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation schooled through a foreign tongue that denies her native language and culture. As a haenyeo, Hana has left school and embraced her Korean heritage as a haenyeo, a girl or woman who supports her family by diving deep into freezing waters to search for abalone or oysters, the latter a rarity following years of plundering by Japanese seamen. Until the day Hana saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria. There she is forced to become a “comfort woman” in a Japanese military brothel. But haenyeo are women of power and strength and she will find her way home.





Cilka’s Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz) – Heather Morris

Originally published: 2019

Author: Heather Morris

Genre: Literature, fiction

Cilka’s Journey is the sequel to the International Number One Bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Based on what is known of Cilka’s time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps.


In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka Klein is 18 years old when Auschwitz-Birkenau is liberated by Soviet soldiers. But Cilka is one of the many women who is sentenced to a labor camp on charges of having helped the Nazis -with no consideration of circumstances. Once at the Vorkuta gulag in Siberia, where she is to serve her 15-year sentence, Cilka uses her wits, charm, and beauty to survive.






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