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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Kingston, Maxine Hong

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ISBN 10: 0394400674 / ISBN 13: 9780394400679
Published by Knopf, 1976
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. First edition. Fine copy in fine dust jacket in a mylar protector. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program "Profiles" which interviewed authors. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000089169

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Title: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood ...

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts the circumstances, conditions, and consequences of growing up in frantic America within a steadfastly tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present

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The Woman Warrior is a pungent, bitter, but beautifully written memoir of growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California. Maxine Hong Kingston (China Men) distills the dire lessons of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-story" tales of a China where girls are worthless, tradition is exalted and only a strong, wily woman can scratch her way upward. The author's America is a landscape of confounding white "ghosts"--the policeman ghost, the social worker ghost--with equally rigid, but very different rules. Like the woman warrior of the title, Kingston carries the crimes against her family carved into her back by her parents in testimony to and defiance of the pain.

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