Francie Again

Francie Again

Emily Hahn

Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Literature & Fiction

After her sojourn in England, vivacious Francie Nelson strikes out on her own—but this time she's not reluctant to do it. Her goal? To become a famous artist. Unfortunately, after she unexpectedly ends up spending a year in Portugal, she is required to serve as companion to her ailing Aunt Lollie. Alas, the art lessons she so longed for must be set aside. Oh, but wait! Maybe there's hope. Not to be thwarted, the headstrong and impetuous Francie manages to go to an art school after all. And while she's developing her skills—and her Portuguese—she soaks up the seductive European culture and, oh yes, indulges in a bit of romance along the way.
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Chiang Kai-Shek

Chiang Kai-Shek

Emily Hahn

Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Literature & Fiction

An in-depth biography of the towering 20th-century Chinese military and political figure who led the government, first on the mainland and then in exile in Taiwan, from the acclaimed New Yorker correspondent who lived in China when he was head of state In 1911, 24-year-old Chiang Kai-shek was an obscure Chinese student completing his military training in Japan, the only country in the Far East with a modern army. By 1928, the soldier who no one believed would ever amount to anything had achieved world fame as the leader who broke with Russia and released the newly formed Republic of China from Communist control. Emily Hahn's eye-opening book examines Chiang's friendship with revolutionary Sun Yat-sen and chronicles his marriage to the glamorous, American-educated Soong May-ling, who converted him to Christianity and helped him enact social reforms. As the leader of the Nationalist Party, Chiang led China for over two decades: from 1927 through...
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Francie

Francie

Emily Hahn

Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Literature & Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Francie Nelson is charming, saucy, and spoiled. Her father thinks it would be a good idea for her to see how other people live—in this case, the other people are the English. So she packs up and, with heels dragging the whole way, travels to what looks, at first, like the land of gloom. Her British fog lifts when she meets some boys. If only she didn't feel so dumb and dumpy in Fairfields' school uniform! But, like her English hosts, she keeps a stiff upper lip. It's all she can do to control that lip when a school chum named Jennifer refers to her as a "Yank." With the help of a friend she meets on a cruise, Francie adjusts in a tough boarding school where she faces prejudice, anxiety, and loneliness. She begins to experience more and more ups, until at last, she realizes she has grown emotionally, and has transformed herself.
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The Soong Sisters

The Soong Sisters

Emily Hahn

Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Literature & Fiction

In the early twentieth century, few women in China were to prove so important to the rise of Chinese nationalism and liberation from tradition as the extraordinary three Soong Sisters, Eling, Chingling and Mayling. As told with wit and verve by Emily Hahn, a remarkable woman in her own right, the biography of the Soong Sisters tells the story of China through both world wars. It also chronicles the changes to Shanghai as they relate to a very eccentric family that had the courage to speak out against the ruling regime. Greatly influencing the history of modern China, they interacted with their government and military to protect the lives of those who could not be heard, and they appealed to the West to support China during the Japanese invasion.
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China to Me

China to Me

Emily Hahn

Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Literature & Fiction

A revolutionary woman for her time, intrepid feminist Emily Hahn takes us on a journey across twentieth-century China Emily Hahn looks at everything and everyone she met on her breathtaking journey through the China of the 1930s. China to Me investigates not so much the complicated issues of political blocs and party conflict, but the ordinary—or extraordinary—lives of Chinese residents and tourists, from Asian prostitutes to European merchants living during this tumultuous time in Asian history. Through her wartime love affair, her close friendship with the illustrious Soong Sisters, and her battle with opium addiction, Hahn's candid memoir is a riveting literary travelogue, from Hollywood to Shanghai.
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Francie Comes Home

Francie Comes Home

Emily Hahn

Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Literature & Fiction

Francie, who has been traveling through Europe for more than five years, now finds herself resentful upon returning to her Midwest hometown Jefferson to deal with a family crisis. When she gets home, Francie confronts a crisis of her own . . . all of her old friends are married or otherwise leading what they deem as exciting lives. There may be no place like home, but compared to Europe and the liberating skills she has learned as an artist, she struggles with boredom and apathy. Restless and frustrated, she stumbles into not one, but two romantic relationships, and learns more about herself while discovering a new-found appreciation for her father. Romance deepens into love and at last, Francie has truly come home.
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Love Conquers Nothing

Love Conquers Nothing

Emily Hahn

Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Literature & Fiction

If you look at history through Emily Hahn's jaundiced eyes, you'll realize that romance just ain't what romantics crack it up to be. Using such notorious affairs as those of Caesar and Cleopatra or Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Hahn reminds us that love is far less of a factor in the fates of nations than greed, wrath, and some of humanity's other, less attractive character traits. Love doesn't conquer all; it just screws a lot of things up.
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