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Lisa See sees through veil of family heritage to dark side of China's past
Illustrating the dominating role of men in Chinese culture, Lisa See introduced her new bestselling novel, Peony In Love (Random House; June, 2007) to a rapt audience of booksellers at BookExpo America 2007 with stories of her Chinese grandfather who brought polygamy and crotchless women's underwear to America at the turn of the last century. See developed the background for her novel with a description of women's history and issues, such as foot-binding, education, and subservience in China at a time when Western Civilization was experiencing the Renaissance and new individual freedoms. See then described the characters, themes, and plot of Peony In Love and closed with an impassioned hope that the novel would serve to enlighten oppressed people--especially women, but also men--around the world.

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BookExpo America preview: Alan Greenspan booked to kick-off industry's annual marathon: Every year they swarm like locusts on some unsuspecting city in the U.S.A. This year over 30,000 book industry professionals will appear in New York City, June 1-3, for readings, lectures, and panels and a fair amount of partying to celebrate new books by over 1,000 of America's best-loved authors, including Khaled Hosseini, Ann Patchett, Garry B. Trudeau, Jodi Picoult, Paul Krugman, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Deepak Chopra, R.L. Stine, Zane, James Patterson, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Judy Blume, LL Cool J, Richard Russo lead parade of 1,052 author autographings at BookExpo America: Judy Blume, LL Cool J, and Richard Russo are among 1,052 authors to introduce their books to over 30,000 booksellers and book publishing execs at BookExpo America 2007

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