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Tall Poppies Review: ‘The Moon in the Palace’ is Full of Forbidden Love, Intrigue, and Clever Women

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Palace intrigue, forbidden love, and clever women. Weina Dai Randel’s beautifully written, RITA-award winning The Moon in the Palace is full of all three and more. Set in China during the Tang Dynasty (seventh century), the novel follows the life of Mei, the future Empress Wu. From an early age, Mei is marked as a chosen one: “She would eclipse the light of the sun and shine brighter than the moon. She would reign over the kingdom that governs many men. She would mother the emperors of the land but also be emperor in her own name. She would dismantle the house of lies but build the temple of the divine. She would dissolve the kingdom of ghosts but found a…

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BookTrib Review: Jonathan White Captures the ‘Spirit of the Ocean’ in ‘Tides’

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Something unexpected will happen upon reading the chapters of this captivating book. Your nostrils will feel the iodine-laden air brushing as the winds break like waves upon the shores of your assumptions. They will jolt into wakeness. If you ever thought that the constant ebb and flow of the sea was something simple, think again. Jonathan White, an expert sailor, thought he did and came close to pay dearly for his naïve belief. Maps and tide charts reveal only the partial story of tides, the mechanical one. All along the pages of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, White offers another impressive perspective. Tides is first a powerful anthem to the sea, a hymn to a misunderstood life-cycle,…

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TED Talks: Lisa Bu Shares How Books Help Us Discover Identity

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What was your childhood dream? Growing up in China, Lisa Bu wanted to be a Chinese Opera Singer – but her parents didn’t approve. In her TED Talk from TED 2013, Bu describes how books helped her discover her identity and branch out within her own culture. She also discusses how books transformed her thinking and helped her adapt to life in the United States. Most profoundly, she speaks about how books taught her the true purpose of dreams and aspirations: “‘Coming True’ is not the only purpose of a dream – its most important purpose is to get us in touch with where dreams come from, where passion comes from, where happiness comes from. Even a shattered dream can…

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