Simon & Schuster

THE EVENING HERO: A GIFT FROM THE AUTHOR

By Marie Myung-Ok Lee
 
Reviewed by Jonathan Goetz
 
July 23, 2024 (Kansas) -- The Evening Hero is good, clean, and relevant humor by Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Her Simon and Schuster book touches on topics from the point of view of an immigrant family, from rural American hospital closures and venture capital, to family separation, cultural assimilation, marriage ups and downs and different expectations placed upon children based on culture and even between generations within a single family. The American hospital chain Dr. Youngman Kwak works for buys up a bunch of rural hospitals and lays off Doctors eventually closing them all to get them into strip malls doing elective surgery.
 
Dr. Youngman Kwak, the main character in The Evening Hero, lends the reader asides, about North Korean and American history, some flattering, some not. I imagine them looking like the family in Fresh Off the Boat (TV-PG), although the author describes them to her liking. By the time the book begins he and Youngae Kwak, his wife, are already empty nesters and dealing with the marital issues of a family in that stage of life, including a daughter-in-law we later meet much opposed to values the parents hold dear, at least when it comes to hard work. They send their son to Harvard while all their grandson does is play video games, expecting to inherit "a castle."

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON - LOUIS AND EMMETT TILL

 

Writing to Save a Life: THE LOUIS TILL FILE, by John Edgar Wideman (Scribner, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc, New York, NY, 2016, 193 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“Unclassifiable and harrowing. The path through the very specific ‘American darkness that disconnects colored fathers from sons’ is found and lost and found again through prose that jumps and shimmers, punches and croons. This is one of those books virtually impossible to write…yet it has been written. And by a great American writer.”

  • JOY WILLIAMS, author of Ninety-Nine Stories of God and The Visiting Privilege

May 3, 2017 (San Diego) - John Edgar Wideman, has written an insightful and provocative book that is full of ironies; Writing to Save a Life: THE LOUIS TILL FILE. It is the story of Louis Till, the father of Emmett Till, the young boy from Chicago who was lynched in Mississippi allegedly for whistling at a white woman. Wideman’s book is the untold story of Louis Till, a man of color who suffered a miscarriage of racial justice a full decade before the infamous lynching of his son, Emmett. This really is about a cruel twist of fate and circumstance that is painful to envision.


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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND HER "HARD CHOICES" FOR AMERICA

 

Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2015, 535 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former First Lady of the United States, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State, has written an insightful and finely calibrated work; Hard Choices. This book, or memoir, takes us inside national and international politics from the perspective of someone who has actually lived and breathed it for the majority of her life, making her eminently qualified to speak on subjects such as climate change or nuclear proliferation. Being the author of several bestselling books, including her memoir Living History, and her groundbreaking work on children, It Takes a Village, Clinton demonstrates her compassion and humanity in this book.


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