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By Maxine Hong Kingston

In her singular voice—both humble and courageous, touching and humorous—Maxine Hong Kingston offers us a poignant and gorgeous memoir-in-verse that captures the knowledge that includes age. As she displays on her sixty-five years, she circles from current to earlier and again, from lunch with a author good friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her lengthy marriage to her arrest at a peace march in Washington. On her trips as author, peace activist, instructor, and mom, she revisits her so much loved characters—Wittman Ah-Sing, the Tripmaster Monkey, and Fa Mook Lan, the lady Warrior—and provides us with a stunning meditation on China then and now. the result's a wonderful account of an American lifetime of nice function and pleasure, and the tonic knowledge of a author we've got come to cherish.

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