On Gold Mountain

On Gold Mountain

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by Lisa See
     
 

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Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

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Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world. 82 photos.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This account of a Chinese family's adventures in America over the course of a century offers a tapestry of immigrant life. (Sept.)
Booknews
A family history tracing the route of the author's great- grandfather from his Chinese village to the United States, where he married a white woman and overcame the odds to become one of the richest Chinese people on "Gold Mountain," the Chinese name for the US. See's story is both particular and universal, using family anecdotes and historical documents to tell of her relatives and to illuminate the Chinese experience in a country that's ambivalent about its immigrants. Includes many references, but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101910085
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/20/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
53,481
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior and Dragon Bones. She wrote the libretto for the Los Angeles Opera adaptation of On Gold Mountain and served as curator for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage’s exhibit On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience, also featured at the Smithsonian Institute. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
February 18, 1955
Place of Birth:
Paris, France
Education:
B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1979
Website:
http://www.lisasee.com

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On Gold Mountain 4.1 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On Gold Mountain is a memoir of Lisa See's family over the last century. It is a work of non-fiction, however it reads very, very much like a fiction novel; thanks to Lisa See's writing. From a historical standpoint, it provides a history of immigration of the Chinese to California,and the trials and obstacles for those who came to Gold Mountain. I am very surprised that there are so few reviews of this book. I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy an outstanding book. If you have read Lisa See's other books and liked them, I would definitely recommend this one. As you read this book, you can't help being drawn into the See family, and you establish an emotional connection with them. Heck, by the end of the book, I felt that I was a member of the See family. It was extremely helpful that Lisa See had a family tree in the front of the book; to delineate the numerous members of the family. It's truly a great read!
SOUTHERN-READING-WOMAN More than 1 year ago
On Gold Mountain is, without doubt, one of the best books I have read. After reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, I wanted to read the nonfiction story of Lisa's family. The book reads like a novel. She tells the good, the bad, and the ugly. By the end of the book, I felt that I had gained a new family. The book is long with itty-bitty print, but the story is so good, the reading time flies. The story is really genius! How difficult it must have been to start with one's great, great grandfather in the 19th century, find fascinating material, work with the two countries of China and the United States of America, and tell the story to well into the present. I truly grew to love the ancient and traditional Fong See and all of his children by Ticie. How times have changed since we were a land of politically incorrect laws! The famiy overcomes every adversity with a devotion to family, hard work, creativity, and an enjoyment of each other that delights the very soul. Every family has a story, but to tell it in detail and with the fascination of Ms. See's great writing ability is, as I said, "GENIUS!" The book is all heart and love. I hope there will be other memiors as her life progresses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lisa See will answer a hundred questions you always wanted to know about the Chinese, their immigration to "Gold Mountain" and their wonderful culture. Never have I read a book so full of real people, their life and the world around them. This is a "can't put it down" piece of literature for sure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so entertaining that I couldn't put it down. It offers a wonderfully vivid look into a period of our history that seems to be often overlooked. It give details of our country's past as well as that of Lisa's personal heritage. Lisa weaves history in with her story so well, you feel as if you have been there and know these people. Definitely five stars and two thumbs up!
Bittysmom More than 1 year ago
I felt this book was very well written, making history interesting. Learned many things I did not know. If you are a history buff, you should really like this book. Things I didn't like: the pictures were too small on a nook to really see them very well. Most of the family members had two names, some more than two which made it a little hard to decipher who was who at times. I felt the story was very heavy. So if you are in the market for a light, easy read, this is not the book for you. However, it is very good for what it is.
hunchabuncha More than 1 year ago
I love genealogy and have enjoyed Lisa See's other books. I was fascinated by the story of her family's history and the history of major east coast cities as well. The pictures really tie it all together. Really enjoyed it!
Meyer3 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Lisa See's books and this is my favorite. If you enjoy reading about the histoty of the Chinese in America this book is for you. I couldn't put it down. Please consider putting this out in e book.
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Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! I just love Lisa See's books, should have read this one first, for me a story is more interesting when it involves real people, this is HER family history. The story reminded me that we should sit and listen to our elders tell their story so its not lost, I highly recommend this book.
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This is a book about a chinese family in and around LA and SF. Great story and even more interesting if you are from CA.
bongie More than 1 year ago
Love Lisa See and this was another great book of hers. I did have some trouble keeping all the family members straight and it was too lengthy but I did enjoy the family history and the pictures included in the book. I am very glad I was able to find out about this author's background.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Interesting, full of history, exciting!
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