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China Dolls

April 2015 book selection

China Dolls

by Lisa See

April 9, 2015

CapRadio Readers,

Are you ready to chat about Lisa See's latest book, China Dolls?  Our meeting is already sold out, so I know the room will be filled with questions, answers and opinions.

Just so you know, there has been some confusion.  Lisa See, although she sends her regards and a special treat for you, will not be with us for this meeting.

We WILL however, be having another of our fabulous author event in May, so stay tuned for that announcement.

As always, thanks for reading.

April 1, 2015

Have you reserved your seat at the table? I hope so, because our conversation, on April 14, at 6 p.m., is going to be a good one.

You may not have known that Lisa See's great-grandfather had a store in Sacramento. He sold fancy, and somewhat racy, lingerie to "fallen women" in our Chinatown. There are some who say the nightclub stars in China Dolls are fallen women, and their own families were not happy with their chosen careers. Even when fame came to some of these
women, they were still not recognized for their talents, as they would have been had they been Caucasian. 

How do you feel their career choice affected their ability to make friends?  Would things have been much different in the Caucasian nightclub world for the girls who chase that career? These are just some of the questions we'll discuss when we meet face to face. 

Be sure to join us for a great evening at CapRadio Reads.

March 25, 2015

China Dolls, our April selection, written by Lisa See, has many stories to tell. 

Although, at first glance, this is a novel about the experience of three Chinese-American girls in San Francisco, it quickly becomes apparent it is much more. First, the girls are individuals, despite their similar heritage. They come from different backgrounds and different parts of the country (maybe even different countries). How are their experiences the same? How are they different? How can we compare their experiences to what immigrants to this country are experiencing in 2015?

Reading this book has made me want to further examine the immigrant experience. How much does an immigrant give up, even sacrifice, to live in the US? Are immigrants who seek out the "American Life" aware of what will be lost as well as gained? Once again, the conversation surrounding this book will be enlightening. I hope you will join us on Tuesday, April 14, at 6:00 p.m., and participate.

As always, thanks for reading.

March 16, 2015

It's been a busy week for books and authors in Sacramento. CapRadio Reads started it off with a bang, hosting Laurie R. King on Tuesday night, and then, on Saturday, we had the annual fundraiser for the Sacramento Library Foundation, Authors on the Move. 

This year, this event was even more wonderful than usual, because our own Donna Apidone was there as an AUTHOR! She had been invited to share her new book TransForMission, which, if you haven't read, you should! Donna has been a past host of this fundraiser, and a past keynote speaker wrote our April book election.  It's a small world after all!

Lisa See is the past keynote speaker I mentioned. Her dramatic new novel, China Dolls, is another hit for this prolific, yet careful writer. Her books take some time to come out, partially because she is so busy traveling and researching to make sure all the facts are correct in her interesting stories. 

She is a meticulous researcher and it shows in her work. This book, China Dolls, required visits to the Chinese Historical Societies across the country, as well as interviews with pioneer performers in the Chinese Nightclub scene of the 50's and 60's. One of her characters in the book is modeled on the "Chinese Sally Rand," who Lisa knew. 

We have only four spots left at the table, for what is certainly going to be a fun and lively conversation, so go right now, and click on the Eventbrite button to reserve your place. 

Tuesday, April 14, at 6:00 p.m., at Capital Public Radio.  See you there, and as always, thanks for reading.

March 11, 2015

Lisa See's new book reveals the complex and intricate world of an Francisco in 1938.

Please join us for another interesting and fun night of bookish conversation. Our Face to Face Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m., will feature the new book by Lisa See, China Dolls. 

Set in San Francisco, starting in 1938, this is another of See's fantastic, and insightful historical novels. This story of three young women from varied backgrounds who meet at the glamorous Forbidden City Nightclub in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. The girl's become fast friends, but that friendship is tested when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and the shockwaves reach The City.

Lisa is well known for her wonderful stories and her absolute devotion to her research. This book shows us a side of Chinatown not often seen by Caucasians, but it is a story of friendships we all will recognize.

I hope to see you on April 14th, and for now, thanks for reading.