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Watching Daytime Soap Operas

by Johanna Massé

Conventional wisdom states that soap operas are escapist fantasies for lonely, passive women. This book goes far beneath the skin of this myth and succeeds not only in dispelling it, but also in showing the unique characteristics of this... Read More

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The Lace Dowry

by Johanna Massé

In this novella, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a dowry. Unfortunately, Juli wants to be alone with her books, and thinks that amassing household goods for a... Read More

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Perpetually Cool

by Johanna Massé

Before there was Lucy Liu there was Anna May Wong, a pioneering Asian American who defied cultural prejudices to become one of the most famous women in the world. In a time when Asian film roles generally went to European Americans in... Read More

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The Rock Holler Gang

by Johanna Massé

Take one ten-year-old budding detective with an inquiring mind and place her in a small town with secrets to spare and you have a mystery story appropriate for elementary— and middle-school—aged children. A year after her mother... Read More

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In the Miso Soup

by Johanna Massé

Tour guide of the night Kenji realizes that all is not well with his latest job when a piece of burnt human skin ends up stuck to his front door—and that’s just the beginning of his problems. The twenty-year-old protagonist is a... Read More

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Dragon of Heaven

by Johanna Massé

Was Empress Dowager Cixi, the last reigning Empress of China, a cold-blooded murderer who would do anything to gain a little more power? Or was she a resolute victim of the turmoil that swept China at the beginning of the twentieth... Read More

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Shadow Theatre

by Johanna Massé

Behind the tropical mists of the author’s Singapore lie secrets, ghosts, and broke hearted women who guard the past close to their chests. This novel is a beautifully written exploration of modern Singapore, as seen through the eyes of... Read More

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