Conversations with Authors - Lisa See

Sunday, May 3rd • 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST

Lisa See

in conversation with Kathryn Belden

 

Friends,

Thank you to all those who joined in today from near and far.

It was wonderful for me to have a conversation with two people who I admire greatly—the amazing Elaine Petrocelli and the thoughtful Kathy Belden.

For the epigraph for Howard’s End, E.M. Forster wrote, Only connect. These words seem more important and more vital than ever. As I think about these strange times, I’m heartened and encouraged by the endurance of women like Elaine and Kathy to meet difficulties, to persist, to keep life regular life going for all of us, and to help us connect.

These characteristics are reflected in the books I love and that I’ve been reading.

We didn’t have a chance to talk about this, but for comfort I’ve also been rereading some of my favorite books from childhood:

—Lisa

Below, please find links to purchase all of the books recommended by Lisa, as well as a selection of her own books.
 

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Your House Will Pay: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062868855
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Published: Ecco - October 15th, 2019

WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

“[A] suspense-filled page-turner.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307408877
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Published: Broadway Books - March 22nd, 2016

#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania


The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538744406
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 25th, 2017

An LAPD homicide detective must choose between justice and vengeance as he teams up with the FBI in the first novel of the "thrilling" Harry Bosch series (New York Times Book Review).


Angle of Repose Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101872765
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Published: Vintage - November 4th, 2014

An American masterpiece and iconic novel of the West by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner—a deeply moving narrative of one family and the traditions of our national past.


My Antonia Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780395755143
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Published: Mariner Books - September 21st, 1995

My Ántonia is one of eight classic American novels featured in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read initiative, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities and is supported by expansive outreach and publicity campaigns.


O Pioneers! Cover Image
By Willa Cather, Doris Grumbach (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780395083659
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mariner Books - October 1st, 1997

O Pioneers!, Willa Cather's first great novel, is the classic American story of pioneer life as embodied by one remarkable woman and her singular devotion to the land. Alexandra Bergson arrives on the wind-blasted prairie of Nebraska as a young girl and grows up to turn it into a prosperous farm.


The Song of the Lark: Willa Cather Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781981171477
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 26th, 2017

The Color of Air: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062976192
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Published: HarperVia - July 7th, 2020

PARADE’s Best Books to Read this Summer


The Jungle Book (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Rudyard Kipling, Christopher Paolini (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141325293
Availability: Backordered
Published: Puffin Books - March 5th, 2009

A classic story of friendship between man and beast. Saved from the jaws of the evil tiger Shere Khan, young Mowgli is adopted by a wolf pack and taught the law of the jungle by lovable old Baloo the bear and Bhageera the panther.


Heidi by Johanna Spyri, Fiction, Historical Cover Image
$16.15
ISBN: 9781598184105
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Published: Alan Rodgers Books - June 1st, 2005

HEIDI is a delightful story for children of life in the Alps, one of many tales written by the Swiss authoress, Johanna Spyri, who died in her home at Zurich in 1891.


Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147514011
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Louisa May Alcott's classic tale of four sisters in a deluxe hardcover edition, with beautiful cover illustrations by Anna Bond, the artist behind world-renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.


The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501154867
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Published: Scribner - March 10th, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A mesmerizing new historical novel” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Lisa See, the bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and devastating family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who c


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501154836
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Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2018

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea.


On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307950390
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2012

In 1867, Lisa See's great-great-grandfather arrived in America, where he prescribed herbal remedies to immigrant laborers who were treated little better than slaves. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws prohibiting interracial marriage.


Dreams of Joy: A Novel (Shanghai Girls #2) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812980547
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 7th, 2012

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Astonishing . . . one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the morning books . . . a story with characters who enter a reader’s life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.”—Los Angeles Times


Shanghai Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980530
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2010

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A gifted writer . . . explores the bonds of sisterhood while powerfully evoking the often nightmarish American immigrant experience.”—USA Today


Peony in Love: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812975222
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 19th, 2008

“I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret.”


Flower Net: A Red Princess Mystery (The Red Princess Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812978681
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 31st, 2007

“Lisa See begins to do for Beijing what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did for turn-of-the-century London or Dashiell Hammett did for 1920s San Francisco: She discerns the hidden city lurking beneath the public facade.”
–The Washington Post Book World


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812968064
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 21st, 2006

Lily is haunted by memories–of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness.