On June 26th, 1892…

…novelist and missionary Pearl S. Buck was born.  Her best-known book is The Good Earth (which we have — in print format, audio format, as well as a copy of the 1937 film in our DVD collection).  Less known is the fact that it’s the first book in a trilogy.  The second book is Sons (descriptions are from the publishers):

Second in the trilogy that began with The Good Earth, Buck’s classic and starkly real tale of sons rising against their honored fathers tells of the bitter struggle to the death between the old and the new in China. Revolutions sweep the vast nation, leaving destruction and death in their wake, yet also promising emancipation to China’s oppressed millions who are groping for a way to survive in a modern age.

And the third is A House Divided:

A House Divided, the third volume of the trilogy that began with The Good Earth and Sons, is a powerful portrayal of China in the midst of revolution. Wang Yuan is caught between the opposing ideas of different generations. After 6 years abroad, Yuan returns to China in the middle of a peasant uprising. His cousin is a captain in the revolutionary army, his sister has scandalized the family by her premarital pregnancy, and his warlord father continues to cling to his traditional ideals. It is through Yuan’s efforts that a kind of peace is restored to the family.

Also, Anchee Min’s most recent book, Pearl of China, is about her.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

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