WorldCat Identities

Song, Janet

Works: 37 works in 215 publications in 1 language and 7,648 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Psychological fiction  Children's audiobooks  Biography  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Drama 
Roles: Narrator, Performer
Classifications: PS3569.E3334, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Janet Song
Shanghai girls by Lisa See( Recording )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sisters May and Pearl leave their 1930s Shanghai home for a better life in America. They have been arranged to be married to two L.A. businessmen, and uncertainty regins. Arriving at Angel's Island (the Western Ellis Island), they are soon introduced to the harsh realities of immigrant life
Dreams of joy by Lisa See( Recording )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father, the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime
Where the mountain meets the moon by Grace Lin( Recording )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River
Snow flower and the secret fan by Lisa See( Recording )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lily is haunted by memories--of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart
Peony in love : a novel by Lisa See( Recording )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family is betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera. Peony attends the production, watching from behind a screen, but catches sight of a handsome man and begins a journey of love and sorrow
After dark by Haruki Murakami( Recording )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, the novel features two sisters--Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically alien to her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they've met before, a burly female "love hotel" manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman
World and town : [a novel] by Gish Jen( )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty-eight-year-old Hattie Kong, descendant of Confucius, daughter of an American missionary, has lived to see both her husband and her best friend die back-to-back in a single year: "It was like having twins ... She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both funerals and did think she should have gotten some sort of twofer from the crematorium." But two years later, it's time for Hattie to start over. She moves to a small New England town where she is soon joined by a Cambodian American family and an ex-lover-now a retired neuroscientist-all of them looking for their own new lives. What Hattie makes of this situation and of the changing town of Riverlake-challenged as it is, in 2001, by fundamentalist Christians, struggling family farms, and unexpected immigrants-lies at the center of a novel that asks deep and absorbing questions about religion, home, and what "worlds" we make of the world. Moving, humorous, and broad-ranging, World and Town is rich in character and brilliantly evocative of its time and place. This is a masterful novel from one of our most admired writers
The commoner : [a novel] by John Burnham Schwartz( Recording )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the age of 24 Haruko marries the Crown Prince becoming the first non-aristocratic women to enter the monarchy. She is met with cruelity and suspision by the Empress. Years later as Empress herself she, persuades another young woman, Keiko, to marry her son
I survived the Japanese tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis( Recording )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean waters rise and Ben and his family are swept away, and pulled apart, by a terrible tsunami. Now Ben is alone, stranded in a strange country a million miles from home. Can he fight hard enough to survive one of the most epic disasters of all time?
All you can ever know by Nicole Chung( Recording )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up; facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from, she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth
The world is bigger now : [an American journalist's rescue from captivity in North Korea] by Euna Lee( Recording )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time, Euna Lee -- the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea -- tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world
Dragon bones : a novel by Lisa See( )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death--or is it a murder?--David, on behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the site an artifact that may prove to the world China's claim that it is the oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth
The interior : a red princess mystery by Lisa See( )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"See paints a fascinating portrait of a complex and enigmatic society, in which nothing is ever quite as it appears, and of the people, peasant and aristocrat alike, who are bound by its subtle strictures."?San Diego Union-Tribune While David Stark is asked to open a law office in Beijing, his lover, detective Liu Hulan, receives an urgent message from an old friend imploring her to investigate the suspicious death of her daughter, who worked for a toy company about to be sold to David's new client, Tartan Enterprises. Despite David's protests, Hulan goes undercover at the toy factory in the rural village of Da Shui, deep in the heart of China. It is a place that forces Hulan to face a past she has long been running from. Once there, rather than finding answers to the girl's death, Hulan unearths more questions, all of which point to possible crimes committed by David's client. Suddenly Hulan and David find themselves on opposing sides: One of them is trying to expose a company and unearth a killer, while the other is ethically bound to protect his client. As pressures mount and danger increases, Hulan and David uncover universal truths about good and evil, right and wrong?and the sometimes subtle lines that distinguish them. "[See] illuminates tradition and change, Western and Eastern cultural differences. ... All this in the middle of her thriller which is also about greed, corruption, abuse of the disadvantaged, the desperation of those on the bottom of the food chain, and love."?The Tennessean "Sophisticated ... graceful ... See's picture of contemporary China's relationship with the United States is aptly played out through her characters."? Los Angeles Times "Immediate, haunting and exquisitely rendered."?San Francisco Chronicle From the Trade Paperback edition
The vegetarian : a novel by Kang Han( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul. Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams--invasive images of blood and brutality--torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that's become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself. Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman's struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her
One child : the story of China's most radical experiment by Mei Fong( Recording )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Communist Party leaders adopted the one-child policy in 1980, they hoped curbing birth rates would help lift China's poorest and increase the country's global stature. But at what cost? Now, as China closes the book on the policy after more than three decades, it faces a population grown too old and too male, with a vastly diminished supply of young workers. Mei Fong has spent years documenting the policy's repercussions on every sector of Chinese society. In One child, she explores its true human impact, traveling across China to meet the people who live with its consequences"--Disk jacket
Stars between the sun and moon : one woman's life in North Korea and escape to freedom by Lucia Jang( Recording )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An incredible memoir of North Korea by a woman who defied the government to keep her family alive.-Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household, her parents worked in the factories and the family scraped by on rations. Nightly, she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. It was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine. Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, who the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured
The kinship of secrets : a novel by Eugenia Kim( Recording )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The riveting story of two sisters, one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea, and the family that bound them together even as the Korean War kept them apart
Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite : a memoir by Suki Kim( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign. Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields--except for the 270 students at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them to write, all under the watchful eye of the regime. Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues--evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. She is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. To them, everything in North Korea is the best, the tallest, the most delicious, the envy of all nations. Still, she cannot help but love them--their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. As the weeks pass, she begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own--at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. The students in turn offer Suki tantalizing glimpses into their lives, from their thoughts on how to impress girls to their disappointment that soccer games are only televised when the North Korean team wins. Then Kim Jong-il dies, leaving the students devastated, and leading Suki to question whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged
Diamond Head : a novel by Cecily Wong( Recording )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Frank Leong, a fabulously wealthy shipping industrialist, moves his family from China to the island of Oahu. But something ancient follows the Leongs to Hawaii, haunting them. The fabled red string of fate, the cord that binds intended lovers, also punishes mistakes in love, passing a destructive knot down the family line. When Frank Leong is murdered, his family is thrown into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild in their patriarch's shadow, the surviving members of the Leong family try their hand at a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past. Still, the island continues to whisper fragments of truth and chatter, until a letter arrives two decades later carrying a shattering confession. Now the Leongs' survival rests with young Theresa, Frank Leong's only grandchild, eighteen and pregnant, the heir apparent to her ancestors' punishing knots. Told through the eyes of the Leong's secret-keeping daughters and wives and spanning the Boxer Rebellion to Pearl Harbor to 1960s Hawaii, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly powerful tale of tragic love, shocking lies, poignant compromise, aching loss, heroic acts of sacrifice, and miraculous hope
The walled city by Ryan Graudin( Recording )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels--or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself
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Where the mountain meets the moon
Dreams of joyWhere the mountain meets the moonSnow flower and the secret fanPeony in love : a novelAfter darkWorld and town : [a novel]The commoner : [a novel]The world is bigger now : [an American journalist's rescue from captivity in North Korea]
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