Lisa See


The author of Shanghai Girls shares three favorite novels.



Lisa See In her novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See captured a lost world of women's writing in 19th century China, while her memoir On Gold Mountain distilled her family's centry-long journey from Asia to America. Her book Shanghai Girls brings to life the glamour and drama of that great city in the shadow of World War II. The author recommends three books of special significance for her.


Books by Lisa See




Angle of Repose

By Wallace Stegner


"A line in this book seems to sum up my writing and my life. 'Fooling around in the papers my grandparents, especially my grandmother, left behind, I get glimpses of lives close to mine, related to mine in ways I recognize but don't completely understand. I'd like to live in their clothes a while…'"




The Handyman

By Carolyn See


"This is not only my favorite of my mother's books but also one of my all-time favorite books. In this novel, my mom writes about a young man who is spending the summer before art school working as a handyman in Los Angeles. In the process, he finds his artistic voice and learns what it is to be an artist. This novel comes closest to that journey of discovery—of finding your purpose as an artist—of any book I've ever read."



The Age of Dreaming

By Nina Revoyr


"This book opens with a debonair Japanese man living in Los Angeles in the 1960s—a once-famous silent film actor. Nina paints an amazing portrait of the silent film era, Los Angeles, and the strictures and lasting effects of prejudice. It's also a fabulous mystery! I gave this book to my dad and he loved it. I gave it to my mom and she loved it. (Their tastes couldn't be more different.) Everyone I've recommended it to has loved it. Consider this an undiscovered treat."


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.