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The Resource Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan

Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan

Label
Where the past begins : a writer's memoir
Title
Where the past begins
Title remainder
a writer's memoir
Statement of responsibility
Amy Tan
Title variation
Where the past begins
Title variation remainder
a writers memoir
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory"--
  • "In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate, revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels. Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia--the real reason behind an IQ test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother--and, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen. Suffused with candor and characteristic humor, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer's mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning."--Dust jacket
Summary
The best-selling author of such novels as The Joy Luck Club presents an intimate memoir on her life as a writer that explores formative experiences from her childhood and her evolving perspectives on the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory
Tone
Writing style
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10574477
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tan, Amy,
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3570.A48
LC item number
Z46 2017
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tan, Amy
  • Tan, Amy
  • Chinese American novelists
  • Novelists, American
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Novelists, American
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a writer's memoir
Label
Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. Where the past begins -- Prologue. The breaker of combs -- I. Imagination. A leaky imagination -- Music as muse -- Souvenir from a dream -- Hidden genius -- Reorientation : Homer, Alaska -- II. Memory in emotion. Genuine emotions -- The feeling of what it felt like when it happened -- A mere mortal at age twenty-five -- A mere mortal at age twenty-six -- How to change fate : step 1 -- III. Retrieving the past. The unfurling of leaves -- The auntie of the woman who lost her mind -- Unstoppable -- Time and distance : age twenty-four -- Time and distance : age fifty -- Time and distance : age sixty -- IV. Unknown endings. The darkest moment of my life -- Nipping dog -- The father I did not know -- Reliable witness -- V. Reading and writing. I am the author of this novel -- How I learned to read -- Splayed poem : the road -- Eidolons -- Letters to the editor -- Letters in English -- Why write? -- VI. Language. Language : a love story -- Intestinal fortitude -- Principles of linguistics -- Companions in the house
Control code
21103378
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 357 pages
Isbn
9780062319296
Lccn
2017036982
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027548030
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002397362
Label
Where the past begins : a writer's memoir, Amy Tan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. Where the past begins -- Prologue. The breaker of combs -- I. Imagination. A leaky imagination -- Music as muse -- Souvenir from a dream -- Hidden genius -- Reorientation : Homer, Alaska -- II. Memory in emotion. Genuine emotions -- The feeling of what it felt like when it happened -- A mere mortal at age twenty-five -- A mere mortal at age twenty-six -- How to change fate : step 1 -- III. Retrieving the past. The unfurling of leaves -- The auntie of the woman who lost her mind -- Unstoppable -- Time and distance : age twenty-four -- Time and distance : age fifty -- Time and distance : age sixty -- IV. Unknown endings. The darkest moment of my life -- Nipping dog -- The father I did not know -- Reliable witness -- V. Reading and writing. I am the author of this novel -- How I learned to read -- Splayed poem : the road -- Eidolons -- Letters to the editor -- Letters in English -- Why write? -- VI. Language. Language : a love story -- Intestinal fortitude -- Principles of linguistics -- Companions in the house
Control code
21103378
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 357 pages
Isbn
9780062319296
Lccn
2017036982
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027548030
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1002397362

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