The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Book
Score: 4
From 68 Ratings

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2012-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590514641

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Excerpt :

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2012-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590514634

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Excerpt :

The first book in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats series, this is a passionate love story, a haunting fable, and an enchanting mystery set in Burma. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Book
Score: 3.5
From 62 Ratings

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


  • Author : JAN-PHILLIP. SENDKER
  • Publisher : Other Press LLC
  • Release Date : 2017-11-28
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1590519620

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Excerpt :

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be...until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father's past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader's belief in the power of love to move mountains.

A Well tempered Heart Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

A Well tempered Heart


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2014-01-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 399
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590516409

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A Well tempered Heart Excerpt :

The sequel to the international best-selling novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend has recently left her and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted. One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger’s voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation. In the following days, her crisis only deepens. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, but it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life? Interwoven with Julia’s story is that of a Burmese woman named Nu Nu who finds her world turned upside down when Burma goes to war and calls on her two young sons to be child soldiers. This spirited sequel, like The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, explores the most inspiring and passionate terrain: the human heart.

The Heart Remembers Book

The Heart Remembers


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2021-05-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590518410

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The Heart Remembers Excerpt :

The highly anticipated final book in the internationally bestselling The Art of Hearing Heartbeats trilogy, a moving story about love’s power to transcend distances and heal seemingly irreparable wounds. Twelve-year-old Ko Bo Bo lives with his uncle U Ba in Kalaw, a town in Burma. An unusually perceptive child, Bo Bo can read people’s emotions in their eyes. This acute sensitivity only makes his unconventional home life more difficult: His father comes to visit him once a year, and he can hardly remember his mother, who, for unclear reasons, keeps herself away from her son. Everything changes when Bo Bo discovers the story of his parents’ great love, which threatens to break down in the whirlwind of political events, and of his mother’s mysterious sickness. Convinced that he can heal her and reunite their family, Bo Bo decides to set out in search of his parents. A gripping, heartwarming tale that takes the reader from Burma to New York and back, The Heart Remembers is a worthy conclusion to Jan-Philipp Sendker’s beloved series.

The Long Path to Wisdom Book

The Long Path to Wisdom


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590519653

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The Long Path to Wisdom Excerpt :

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Art of Hearing Heartbeats comes this charming collection of folktales that offer a window into Burma’s fascinating history and culture. Since 1995 Jan-Philipp Sendker has visited Myanmar (Burma) dozens of times, and while doing research for his novels The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and A Well-Tempered Heart, he encountered numerous folktales and fables. These moving stories speak to the rich mythology of the diverse peoples of Burma, the spirituality of humankind, and the profound social impact of Buddhist thought. Some are so strange he couldn’t classify them or identify a familiar moral, while others reminded him of the fairy tales of his childhood, except that here monkeys, tigers, elephants, and crocodiles inhabited the fantastic lands instead of hedgehogs, donkeys, or geese. Their morals resemble those of the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen, illustrating how all cultures draw on a universal wisdom to create their myths. The Long Path to Wisdom’s evocative stories run the gamut of human emotions, from the familiar to the shocking, and are sure to delight fans of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats as well as those newly discovering the magic of Sendker’s incandescent writing.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Book
Score: 3.5
From 62 Ratings

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9385288083

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Whispering Shadows Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Whispering Shadows


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-02-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476793658

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American expat Paul Leibovitz is living as a recluse on an outlying island of Hong Kong when the murder of a distressed American woman's son brings him out of his shell.

The Language of Solitude Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Language of Solitude


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476793696

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The Language of Solitude Excerpt :

This “vivid, fascinating, and haunting look at today’s China” (Library Journal, starred review) and highly anticipated sequel to the “darkly beautiful, heart-wrenching” (Booklist) Whispering Shadows features a brooding German-American expat who is struggling to begin a new life—only to find himself embroiled in an investigation that could have dangerous environmental and personal consequences. Paul Leibovitz is determined to turn over a new leaf in Hong Kong and find peace after the death of his son. He believes that his love for Christine Wu will bring him the joy he desperately needs—but things change when Christine gets an unexpected letter from Da Long, the brother she hasn’t seen in forty years, urging her to visit him in his remote village outside of Shanghai. Paul is compelled to travel with her, knowing full well that the mainland, with all of its menacing secrets, terrifies her. After an awkward reunion with her brother, Christine leaves immediately but Paul decides to stay. He’s a journalist at heart, after all, and there are questions begging for answers, such as why are Da Long’s wife, other local women, and even some pets exhibiting the same mysterious symptoms? With a bit of investigating, Paul discovers that a powerful chemical conglomerate has been polluting a nearby lake, and the Chinese government has done nothing to stop it. Da Long’s children demand justice and want to sue, even though a suit would put their lives at risk. Will anyone take on their case or will intimidation and corruption suppress even the most outspoken citizens? Can Paul walk away, or will he pull the woman he loves reluctantly back into a world she escaped from decades ago? Suspenseful and rife with the page-turning storytelling that has come to define Sendker’s work, Language of Solitude is a brilliant and timely thriller that offers a penetrating look into contemporary China.

How to Be an American Housewife Book
Score: 4
From 55 Ratings

How to Be an American Housewife


  • Author : Margaret Dilloway
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-08-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101189245

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How to Be an American Housewife Excerpt :

A mother-daughter story about the strong pull of tradition, and the lure and cost of breaking free of it. When Shoko decided to marry an American GI and leave Japan, she had her parents' blessing, her brother's scorn, and a gift from her husband-a book on how to be a proper American housewife. As she crossed the ocean to America, Shoko also brought with her a secret she would need to keep her entire life... Half a century later, Shoko's plans to finally return to Japan and reconcile with her brother are derailed by illness. In her place, she sends her grown American daughter, Sue, a divorced single mother whose own life isn't what she hoped for. As Sue takes in Japan, with all its beauty and contradictions, she discovers another side to her mother and returns to America unexpectedly changed and irrevocably touched.

Water Ghosts Book
Score: 2.5
From 5 Ratings

Water Ghosts


  • Author : Shawna Yang Ryan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 1594202079

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Water Ghosts Excerpt :

Arriving unexpectedly from China with two female companions in an early- twentieth-century California farming town, the long-lost wife of gambling parlor owner Richard Fong disrupts his illicit relationships with a pair of prostitutes and prompts a series of events that threatens the community's livelihood.

The Rebel and the Thief Book

The Rebel and the Thief


  • Author : Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2022-11-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635423044

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The Rebel and the Thief Excerpt :

From the internationally bestselling author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, a moving tale of forbidden love and extraordinary courage in the face of disaster. Eighteen-year-old Niri and his family live a modest but secure life working in the villa of the wealthy Benzes. But when the pandemic comes, they are all let go, and left staring into the abyss of abject poverty. As their situation grows increasingly desperate, the once rule-abiding monastery student decides he won’t wait at the mercy of a corrupt, indifferent government, and rebels against his father’s resigned acceptance. Sneaking through the locked-down city at night, past the military patrols, Niri returns to the villa to take what his family needs to survive. Waiting for him there is his childhood friend—and the Benzes’ daughter—Mary, who has a bigger plan that will change their lives forever. A universal story of love across social classes, The Rebel and the Thief poignantly shows how adversity can teach us what matters most: courage to resist, will to change, and unconditional trust in each other.

Tell the Wolves I m Home Book
Score: 4
From 3,165 Ratings

Tell the Wolves I m Home


  • Author : Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Release Date : 2012-06-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812992922

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Tell the Wolves I m Home Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A heartfelt story of love, grief, and renewal about two unlikely friends who discover that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them “A dazzling debut novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “Tremendously moving.”—The Wall Street Journal “Touching and ultimately hopeful.”—People 1987. The only person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus is her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can be herself only in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life. At the funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail containing a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and that this unexpected friend just might be the one she needs the most. WINNER OF THE ALEX AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • School Library Journal

The Rings of Saturn Book
Score: 3.5
From 33 Ratings

The Rings of Saturn


  • Author : W. G. Sebald
  • Publisher : New Directions Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-11-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780811221306

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"The book is like a dream you want to last forever" (Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review), now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund The Rings of Saturn—with its curious archive of photographs—records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne’s skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded hills, Joseph Conrad, Rembrandt’s "Anatomy Lesson," the natural history of the herring, the massive bombings of WWII, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, and the silk industry in Norwich. W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants (New Directions, 1996) was hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read." It was "one of the great books of the last few years," noted Michael Ondaatje, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor, The Emigrants."

Together Tea Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Together Tea


  • Author : Marjan Kamali
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-05-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062236821

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Together Tea Excerpt :

In Together Tea, Marjan Kamali’s delightful and heartwarming debut novel, Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter’s twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother’s years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors. Having spent her childhood in Tehran and the rest of her life in New York City, Mina has experienced cultural clashes firsthand, but she’s learning that the greatest clashes sometimes happen at home. After a last ill-fated attempt at matchmaking, mother and daughter embark on a return journey to Iran. Immersed once again in Persian culture, the two women gradually begin to understand each other. But when Mina falls for a young man who never appeared on her mother’s matchmaking radar, will Mina and Darya’s new-found appreciation for each other survive? Together Tea is a moving and joyous debut novel about family, love, and finding the place you truly belong.