Mare reports, "I just finished both The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan (a collection of short essays about her life and her writing) and Last Words by George Carlin—I loved Opposite of Fate. I also read the first two books in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, an amazing young adult book. Now I'm reading a book Susie recommended, Graceling by Kristin Cashore."
Born into a family who believed in fate, Amy Tan has always looked for alternative ways to make sense of the world. And now, in The Opposite of Fate, her first book of nonfiction, she shares her thoughts on how she escaped the expectations and curses of her past, and created her own destiny.
Amy Tan tells of her family, of the ghosts that inhabit her computer, of specters of illness, ski trips, the pliability of memory, rock and roll, and the twinned mysteries of faith and fate. Whether she is remembering arguments with her mother in suburban California, recounting trips to an outdoor market in Shanghai, or describing her love-hate relationship with the CliffsNotes edition of her first book, The Joy Luck Club, her recollections offer an intimate glimpse of a bestselling writer whose own life story is as magical and hopeful as her fiction.