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Tall Poppy Review: “Dragon Springs Road,” Orphan’s Tale

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In Dragon Springs Road (William Morrow Paperbacks), Janie Chang constructs a magical, rich and compelling historical novel set in the early twentieth-century about Jialing, a girl of Eurasian descent, as she navigates her life as an orphan near Shanghai, China. The Western Residence of Dragon Springs Road is the place Jialing calls home. Abandoned by her mother, a mistress to the estate’s owner, who is forced to flee with him after his financial demise, Jialing is befriended by Fox, a mystical creature who becomes her guide. Fox drifts in and out of Jialing’s life in both animal and female form as Jialing works as the bondservant of the Yang family, the new owners of the Western Residence. With the Yangs, Jialing…

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So Gorgeous They Hurt: 3 Tough Tearjerkers Worth Every Tissue

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Sometimes you just want a book that shreds your heart and sheds your tears. This week BookPeople in Austin, Texas recommends three gorgeous books that will bring the feels in a major way. BookPeople is a well-loved landmark in Austin voted the best bookstore in Austin for 20 years, and voted Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly in 2005. Their booksellers recommended these titles: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery/Scout Press, September 1, 2015) Recommended by Raul Chapa, inventory manager, who said: “This great work encompasses the vast emotional range brought on by considerations of mortality and a hopeful awareness: we are stories that live on in others. We are aware of some of them…

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