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  • Behind Closed Doors
    Behind Closed Doors Katherine X
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    Caroline Lee
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    Four children by her father.Thirty years of horrific sexual abuse. In March 2009, Joseph Fritzl was sentenced to life in jail for the systematic imprisonment, torture, and rape of his daughter Elisabeth over 24 years, fathering seven children. The case shocked the world. But just a month before, the story of Australia’s own house of horrors was emerging in a Victorian country town. Under a blanket of suppression orders, a man in his late sixties was quietly arrested, charged—and later convicted—for the systematic rape, abuse, and imprisonment of his only daughter, “Katherine,” which spanned decades. He fathered four of her children. Until now, this shocking story has been buried under a complex legal web and Katherine’s insistence on silence so that she could rebuild her shattered life and protect her children. In Behind Closed Doors, written with Sue Smethurst, Katherine breaks her silence and tells the story of how she survived—and how such degrading abuse went unnoticed for so long.
  • Cave Man, The
    Cave Man, The Xaoda Xiao
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    James Chen
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    The Cave Man is an extraordinary and moving portrait of a man brutalized in Mao's China, stripped of his most basic human faculties and emotions. The story begins as Ja Feng is contained within a three-foot by four-and-one-half-foot solitary confinement cell in a prison camp. He has survived this punishment for a miraculous nine months, a period of time that has forced him to question his most basic thoughts and perceptions. The Cave Man follows Ja Feng once he is released from his solitary confinement, as he is forced to integrate with fellow prisoners who view his skeletal figure and erratic screaming fits as freakish, and as he makes heartbreaking attempts to assimilate into Chinese culture, reestablish familial bonds, and seek out an ordinary human experience.
  • Women of the Long March
    Women of the Long March Lily Xiao Hong Lee
    Sue Wiles
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    Stephanie Daniel
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    This is the story of the women who took part in the Long March, seen through the biographies of three key players. Lee and Wiles trace the women's stories in three time periods: the Long March itself, a decade later at liberation and then forty years on. Drawing on published and unpublished sources, including interviews, this is the moving story of one of the great events of 20th century history.
  • Secret Piano, The
    Secret Piano, The Zhu Xiao-Mei
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    Nancy Wu
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    Zhu Xiao-Mei was three years old when she saw her first piano, a cherished instrument introduced into her family’s Beijing home by her mother. Soon after, the child began to play, developing quickly into a prodigy who immersed herself in the work of such classical masters as Bach and Brahms. Her astonishing proficiency earned her a spot at the Beijing Conservatory at the tender age of eleven, where she began laying the foundation for a promising career as a concert pianist. But in 1966, with the onset of the Cultural Revolution, life as she knew it ended abruptly. The Communist Party’s campaign against culture forced the closure of art schools and resulted in the deportation of countless Chinese, including Xiao-Mei and her entire family. She spent five years in a work camp in Inner Mongolia, suffering under abysmal living conditions and a brutal brainwashing campaign. Yet through it all, Xiao-Mei kept her dream alive, drawing on the power of music to sustain her courage.
  • Shanghai Tango
    Shanghai Tango Jin Xing
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    Keith Brockett
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    At the age of nine, Jin Xing entered a military academy. He knew that he had been born to dance and, in Mao's China, it was the army that provided the best training. His exceptional talent was soon recognised; by the time he was eighteen, he was regarded as the best principal dancer in China. He won a scholarship to study in the United States where he discovered a new world of contemporary dance, and made both a new identity and a decision that was to change his life - and would shake the whole of China: Jin Xing underwent a sex-change. He became a woman - and then a mother and, later, a wife. The incredible adventure of this solider with a young girl's heart was suppressed by Chinese authorities for years, but now Jin Xing can finally tell her story. From the regimented world of the Red Army, to Europe's most elegant boulevards; from the small Manchurian village of her birth, to the dizzying excess of New York; Jin Xing's story has all the drama and energy of a classic ballet - and a happy ending.
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