Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

When I picked up Shanghai Girls, I was hooked 'til the last page. Lisa See’s writing is difficult to put down. The story of the two sisters, Pearl and May, begins in 1930s Shanghai. The girls earn their money posing as Chinese calendar models, or “Beautiful Girls,” and live a life of luxury, parties, night clubs, and excessive … Continue reading Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Book Review: Peony in Love by Lisa See

This has got to be one of the saddest books I've ever read, but I couldn't put it down. In seventeenth century China, fifteen-year-old Peony is betrothed to someone she doesn't know. One evening, Peony meets and falls in love with a man whom she calls “her poet,” for he loves poetry as much as she. … Continue reading Book Review: Peony in Love by Lisa See

Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Two girls, Lily and Snow Flower, in 1800s China form a lifelong friendship in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Using a fan, the girls write notes and poems to one another in a secret form of ancient Chinese “women’s writing,” called nu shu. Together they endure the physical agony of having … Continue reading Book Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See