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Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind Audio CD – Nov 9 2007


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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Retail CD edition (Nov. 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143320519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433205194
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.9 x 16.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,977,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Bestselling author Iris Chang's 2004 suicide at age 36 so shocked friends and colleagues that some initially claimed that Japanese extremists had murdered her to avenge Chang's acclaimed exposé in The Rape of Nanking of atrocities against Chinese civilians perpetrated by Japanese invaders in 1937–1938. Lacking the artistry of Ann Patchett's recent portrait of her friendship with writer Lucy Grealy, this effort by Kamen (All in My Head) is a tedious, obsessive, exploitative effort, drawing on her Salon.com eulogy to Chang. Kamen, who had known Chang since college, repeats some of the far-fetched, irresponsible conspiracy theories before settling on the sad truth that Chang, suffering from bipolar disorder, shot herself in the head with an antique pistol after much planning. Kamen describes her admiration for and jealousy of her rival, Chang's grating ambitiousness and the first-generation American's attempts at being a real American, epitomized by her campaign to be college homecoming queen. Kamen also probes the stigma of mental illness in the Asian-American community, Chang's sense of guilt over her son's autism, her veneer of perfection and the deterioration of her mental state. Despite its flaws, this could find a sizable audience among those Chinese-Americans who lionized Chang. 60,000 first printing. (Nov. 9)
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<DIV>American Author’s Association website
“A brilliant effort and one that grabs the reader's heart and mind…Intimate and reflective…A page turner…Holds you emotionally hostage long after you stop reading it…A powerful and serious book.”</div><div>

 

</div><div>Entertainment Weekly, 12/19/08
"[A] moving bio.”

Curve, August 2009
“Throughout, Kamen is a brazenly subjective narrator. As kind as she is exacting, she speaks to all sides of a woman whose name came to signify activist journalism.”</div> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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