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Maxine Hong Kingston
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Maxine Hong Kingston is the daughter of Chinese immigrants who operated a gambling house in the 1940s, when Maxine was born, and then a laundry where Kingston and her brothers and sisters toiled long hours. Kingston graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of California at Berkeley, and, in the same year, married actor Earll Kingston, whom she had met in an English course. The couple has one son, Joseph, who was born in 1963. They were active in antiwar activities in Berkeley, but in 1967 the Kingstons headed for Japan to escape the increasing violence and drugs...

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China Men

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $15.95

Winner of the National Book Award

Woven from memory, myth, and fact, this book is a journey into the hearts and minds of Chinese men in America. Their life stories include the grandfather who slaved in the Sierra Nevadas on the transcontinental railroad, the father who danced down Fifth Avenue like Fred... Read more >
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China Men

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Fifth Book of Peace

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $17.95

A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned—in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire... Read more >
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The Fifth Book of Peace

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 18, 2011
Price: $11.99

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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.00

In her singular voice—both humble and brave, touching and humorous—Maxine Hong Kingston gives us a poignant and beautiful memoir-in-verse that captures the wisdom that comes with age. As she reflects on her sixty-five years, she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral... Read more >
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Tripmaster Monkey
His Fake Book
Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 1990
Price: $16.95

Wittman Ah Sing, a young Chinese-American hippie in San Francisco in the late 1960s, is as American as James Dean. He also bears a striking resemblance to Monkey, the trickster-saint of Chinese legend. Driven by his dream of writing and staging an epic production of interwoven Chinese novels and folktales, his... Read more >
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Tripmaster Monkey
His Fake Book
Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Woman Warrior, China Men

Written by Maxine Hong Kingston
Introduction by Mary Gordon


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $25.00

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The Woman Warrior
Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $14.95

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction


“A book of fierce clarity and originality” (Newsweek), Maxine Hong Kingston’s autobiography tells of her early life in California and the cultural confusion she experienced as the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

“A remarkable book. . . . As... Read more >
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The Woman Warrior
Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 2010
Price: $11.99

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