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Dreamy Anime Hair: 30+ Cute & Easy Styles from the World’s Most Beloved Anime Characters

Despite the scanty information on terminology, hair dying, and maintenance, Yan’s fans and lovers of anime will find much to like in this guide to anime hairstyles.

Elsewhere: Stories

Ge’s gorgeous language flows with pain and frustration, perfect for fans of K-Ming Chang.

50 Pies, 50 States: An Immigrant’s Love Letter to the United States Through Pie

Whether one bakes from it or merely reads it, Fong’s cookbook debut is a treat and a worthy addition to cooking collections.

Hard Like Water

Though not for general readers, this is a must-read for those familiar with Yan’s writing. His liberal use of double entendre may also appeal to readers interested in historical fiction about this period of China’s history.

The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History

A touching, essential account for anyone interested in 20th-century Chinese history and highly recommended for fans of personal family memoir.

The Years, Months, Days

Libraries with internationally minded readers will want to provide Yan's provocative latest-in-English title to his substantial audiences. [See Prepub Alert, 6/26/17.]

The Explosion Chronicles

Despite his novel's heft at nearly 500 pages, Yan's mesmerizing ability to pull readers into this raw, subversive, not completely fictional world will continue to build his international audiences. Mo Yan was the first Chinese national to be awarded the Nobel for Literature; Yan just might be the next.

The Four Books

Like Xianhui Yang's unrelenting Woman from Shanghai and Xinran's gentler China Witness, Yan's new work is vital historical testimony. [See Prepub Alert, 9/29/14.]


As Mo's first book in English translation since his 2012 Nobel win (it was originally published in 2009 in China), this should move briskly off the shelves. Readers familiar with the author's work will appreciate his sly references to past titles, including "red sorghum" and Gong Li, while newbies will be inspired to explore more of what they've been missing. [See Prepub Alert, 7/21/14.]

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