On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

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...the book is a striking piece of social history made immediate and gripping.
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Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world. 82 photos.

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Lisa See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles, spending much of her time in Chinatown. She is of Chinese decent. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa's great-grandfather, Fong See. Her first fiction novel, Flower Net (1997) was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and on the Los Angeles Times Best Books List for 1997. Flower Net was also nominated for an Edgar award for best first novel. In addition to writing books, Ms. See was the Publishers Weekly West Coast Correspondent for 13 years. Her bestselling novels, all inspired by her Chinese heritage, include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, A Peony in Love, Shanghi Girls and Dreams of Joy.
Published August 20, 2014 by Vintage. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on Jul 13 2014
Weeks as Bestseller
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...an invaluable document of immigrant experience that raises complex questions about identity in American culture.

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...the book is a striking piece of social history made immediate and gripping.

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on Dec 13 2011

...a vivid, sweeping family portrait in the tradition of Alex Haley's Roots that is at once particular and universal, telling the story not only of one family, but of the Chinese people in America itself...

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on Nov 20 1995

...the author, daughter of novelist Carolyn See, paints a vivid tableau of a family and an era. Deeply felt, her story of culture and assimilation would likely make her ancestors proud.

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on Jun 03 2010

On Gold Mountain is a lovingly rendered story of adventure, love, and above all triumph. And I’m afraid you just have to love an author who uses the word “shenanigans”.

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