Amy Tan http://nwpr.org en Amy Tan's Latest: Mothers, Daughters And The Oldest Profession http://nwpr.org/post/amy-tans-latest-mothers-daughters-and-oldest-profession Family secrets, life-changing betrayals and the paradox of wondering about the old country while belonging to the new are at the heart of Amy Tan's work. She enthralled readers of her phenomenally successful first novel, <em>The Joy Luck Club</em> (1989), with the interlocking stories of four Chinese-born mothers and their four California-born daughters. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 23:10:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 37196 at http://nwpr.org Amy Tan's Latest: Mothers, Daughters And The Oldest Profession Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement' http://nwpr.org/post/amy-tan-weaves-family-mystery-valley-amazement Amy Tan was 200 pages into a new novel when she attended a large exhibition on Shanghai life in the early 1900s. While there, she bought a book she thought might help her as she researched details on life in the Old City. She stopped turning pages when she came upon a group portrait.<p>"It's called the '10 Beauties in Shanghai,' " she says. These were the winners of a citywide beauty contest for courtesans. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:42:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 36744 at http://nwpr.org Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement' Book News: Paula Deen's Cookbook Sales Still Sizzle http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-paula-deens-cookbook-sales-still-sizzle <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li><em>Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up</em> isn't even out yet (it's set to be published in October), but a surge of pre-orders in the past few days has made it the top-selling book on Amazon. The cookbook, which was at 1,580<sup>th</sup> place on Monday, jumped in the midst of the growing scandal surrounding her use of racial slurs. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:48:00 +0000 editor 30099 at http://nwpr.org