Your Mother Is In Your Bones

From a review of The Joy Luck Club (the book) in the New York Times: 

“Born in Oakland, Calif., in 1952 to a father educated as an engineer in Beijing and a mother raised in a well-to-do Shanghai family, Amy Tan grew up in an American world that was utterly remote from the childhood world of her parents. In ”The Joy Luck Club,” her first novel, short-story-like vignettes alternate back and forth between the lives of four Chinese women in pre-1949 China and the lives of their American-born daughters in California. The book is a meditation on the divided nature of this emigrant life.”  – ORVILLE SCHELL

http://www.nytimes.com/books/01/02/18/specials/tan-joy.html

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

New York Times article about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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“Mr. Hoffman’s gifts were widely celebrated while he was alive. But the shock of his death on Sunday revealed, too soon and too late, the astonishing scale of his greatness and the solidity of his achievement. We did not lose just a very good actor. We may have lost the best one we had. He was only 46, and his death, apparently from a drug overdose, foreshortened a career that was already monumental.” – A.O. Scott