Adeline Yen Mah

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About Adeline Yen Mah

Famous for her 1997 memoir Falling Leaves: Return to their Roots, this writer and medical doctor also penned a second bestselling autobiographical work, Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter (1999), which details the abuse she suffered as a child.

Early life

She left her native China in the early 1950s to attend the London Hospital Medical School and subsequently opened a medical practice in the United States.

Trivia

Falling leaves details her love for the only family members who cared for her well-being: Aunt Baba (her father’s sister) and Ye Ye (her grandfather). Her other literary works include the young adult novel Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society (2003) and the Chinese philosophy-themed work Watching the Tree (2001).

Family of Adeline Yen Mah

She and her siblings Lydia, Gregory, Edgar, and James are the children of Joseph Yen and Ren Yong-ping. With her first husband, Byron Bai-lun Soon, Mah has a son named Roger. Her second marriage, to Robert A. Mah, produced a daughter named Ann.

Close associates of Adeline Yen Mah

She and fellow Chinese memoirist Ji-li Jiang published their popular debut works just one year apart.

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Homer Hickam

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About Homer Hickam

American author, military veteran, and one-time NASA engineer. He is best known for his New York Times bestselling memoir Rocket Boys. His other literary works include Torpedo Junction, Back to the Moon, and Sky of Stone.

Early life

In 1964, he graduated from Virginia Tech, where he studied Industrial Engineering. In the early 1980s, he began working for NASA.

Trivia

He earned the Commendation Medal for his time spent serving in the Vietnam War.

Family of Homer Hickam

He was born in Coalwood, West Virginia to Homer and Elsie Hickam. He married Linda Terry Hickam.

Close associates of Homer Hickam

October Sky, the screen adaptation of Hickam’s memoir Rocket Boys, stars actor Jake Gyllenhaal as Hickam.

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