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Hawai'i One Summer

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Maxine Hong Kingston''s essays do not attempt to capture Hawai''i but instead provide the reader with a ge nerous sampling of her impressions over a twenty year period whilst living there. '
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by University of Hawaii Press
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Catherine
I'm diggin' essays at the moment, and I read this book right up.

Initially, I was motivated to get my hands on this collection because I came across and taught "Sea Worry" to my seventh graders a few years ago. It led to a surprisingly successful discussion about point of view: the teacher versus the students; and, my Hawaii born and bred students appreciated finally being able to identify the places an author is writing about.

So I wanted to attempt a repeat of this success with my current ninth
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Jenna
Simple, spare. A collection worth reading, especially Kingston's essays about her son's bodysurfing. I was fascinated by the reasoning behind her fears - it wasn't just that she was afraid for his safety, she also worried that as an athlete he would become too caught up in the world of the physical and "transcendental" and lose the ability to articulate himself verbally. A great, unexpected point, though not one that I ultimately find very convincing.

Kingston has gotten a lot of flack in the pa
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A.J. Llewellyn
There is a reason Kingston was declared A Living Treasure by the state of Hawaii. This book, deceptively small and liberally spiced with photographs is like collecting raindrops. She is my go-to gal whenever I want comfort books. A splendid book to read again and again.
I love all the stories and her description of the Hawaii of old and being able to hear the islands sing haunts me.
I would love,love, LOVE to own one of the hand-printed copies one day.
Colette
I just love Maxine Hong Kingston.
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She was born as Maxine Ting Ting Hong to a laundry house owner in Stockton, California. She was the third of eight children, and the first among them born in the United States. Her mother trained as a midwife at the To Keung School of Midwifery in Canton. Her father had been brought up a scholar and taught in his village of Sun Woi, near Canton. Tom left China for America in 1924 and took a job in ...more
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