‘A Little Life’ Author Hanya Yanagihara’s Favorite Books

‘A Little Life’ Author Hanya Yanagihara’s Favorite Books

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Hanya Yanagihara, author of The People in the Trees and A Little Life, (for which she was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2015) is a well-read lover of literature, and as such, has some incredible book recommendations for her readers. For those of you who admire Yanagihara’s work and wish to get a sense of where she gets her inspiration from, consider picking up one of the following:   Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant   Image via Amazon   According to Yanagihara, this book, by the author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, is one of the best books …

'A Little Life' Author Hanya Yanagihara's Favorite Books

'A Little Life' Author Hanya Yanagihara's Favorite Books

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Hanya Yanagihara, author of The People in the Trees and A Little Life, (for which she was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2015) is a well-read lover of literature, and as such, has some incredible book recommendations for her readers. For those of you who admire Yanagihara’s work and wish to get a sense of where she gets her inspiration from, consider picking up one of the following:   Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant   Image via Amazon   According to Yanagihara, this book, by the author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day, is one of the best books …

Is ‘A Little Life’ Actually a Good Book?

Is ‘A Little Life’ Actually a Good Book?

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Hanya Yanagihara’s 2015 novel, A Little Life, is controversial. Although shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, the quality of the book has been relentlessly questioned since its release. There are several criticisms that often come up when the book is challenged, but the two most prominent complaints are as follows:   The book is melodramatic. The characters are underdeveloped.   As someone who cannot make up their mind about the novel, I’d like to get into exactly why these criticisms are being made, and see what these issues mean for the quality of the book. …

Three Asian-American Writers You Need To Be Reading!

Three Asian-American Writers You Need To Be Reading!

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Do you like to read Asian American writing? If you do, YES, you are with me now! If you don’t, OK, this booklist will totally change your vision and life. Three red-letter Asian American writers and their books: Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats, Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange, and Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life.   My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki Images via Smith College and Goodreads Ruth Ozeki is a Canadian-American novelist, filmmaker, and Zen priest. Before her writing career, Ozeki had worked in the TV industry for ten years and produced a documentary Halving the Bones (1995). This working experience as …