The Big Read Blog (Archive)

The Joy Luck Club

When the NEA welcomed three new books to the Big Read library last fall---Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake , Charles Portis's True Grit, and Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North--- we asked the writers if they had particular ties to any of the other Big Read titles. Lahiri spoke about having...
Flora Wong celebrating her athletic achievements. Wong recently delivered a lecture on writing memoir as part of Lewis & Clark Library's Big Read program. Photo courtesy of Flora Wong Everyone has a story to tell. We all have people, events, and past experiences that have impacted us, shaping...
Actress Ming-Na in the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club (1993). Amy Tan was born in 1952 in Oakland, California, to Chinese parents who had recently immigrated to the United States. The daughter of a Baptist minister and a traditionally strict mother, Tan heard stories as a child that would...
Picture Book Theatre presents Eric Carle’s The Very Lonely Firefly in the museum’s auditorium. Photo courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Everyone recognizes that picture books are generally a child’s first introduction to reading. What is less often considered is how they also...
Amy Tan. Photo by Robert Foothorap Amy Tan is one of those rare writers who has achieved enormous popularity and critical acclaim. Her books include The Kitchen?s God Wife and The Bonesetter?s Daughter. But it was her first book, The Joy Luck Club , that put her on the literary map. The Joy Luck...
Washington, DC Photo of Amy Tan by Robert Foothorap The design of The Joy Luck Club is both richly complex and elegantly simple. The stories that comprise the novel form chapters that alternate between China and America. As the starting point, Amy Tan uses the lives of the women in her family, and...
Tampa, Florida Amy Tan. Photo by Bob Shonbrun Tampa's Hillsborough County Public Library kicked off its second Big Read May 1 with a special event emceed by local television news reporter, Elizabeth Dinh, featuring a guest appearance by Amy Tan. The Joy Luck Club author was back the next day at the...
Washington, DC Portrait of Edith Wharton, photographer unknown. From the collection of the Library of Congress. Although on the surface Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club may not seem to have much in common, each novel is---in its own way---an investigation of the...
October 2 , 2009 Washington, DC The Art of Tea at the Gillis Branch Library during Fresno Public Library's Big Read of The Joy Luck Club . Photo by Roberta Barton Here's a short take from novelist-critic-scholar Carolyn See on what makes Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club read-worthy. [Amy Tan] listened...
September 2 , 2009 Washington, DC By e_walk from Flickr While ostensibly focused on two different cultures, Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club actually have a lot in common. Both novels are comprised of interconnected stories, which layer the past and future to explore...