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    Discussion Questions for book groups and students about Daughter of Xanadu, a novel of the Mongol Empire and Marco Polo

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  • Daughter of Xanadu
    Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin is determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai.
  • Author's Comments - Daughter of Xanadu
    Author Dori Jones Yang shares about her extensive adventures she experienced while doing research in preparation to write her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Discover what author, Dori Jones Yang learned from her research while writing her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Pour Your Heart Into It
    The story of Starbucks is not just a record of growth and success. It’s also about how a company can be built in a different way.
  • Reviews - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A sampling of the many positive reviews that the book, Pour Your Heart Into It received.
  • Honors - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A listing of the bestseller lists that Pour Your Heart Into It was on, and the variety of languages the book was printed in.
  • Authors Comments
    Author, Dori Jones Yang writes about the process and her experience in writing the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang.
  • Awards
    Awards won by author, Dori Jones Yang for her book, The Secret Life of Gina Zhang.
  • The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang
    Jinna has always been shy, but when her family moves to America from China, she vows to be the new “Gina” – brave, confident, and quick to learn English.
  • Voices of the Second Wave
    Voices of the Second Wave is a collection of 35 life stories of Chinese Americans who came to the U.S. between 1934 and 1968, a little-publicized generation cut off from their homeland who made important contributions to the U.S. Published May 2011.
  • Author's Comments - Pour Your Heart Into It
    Author, Dori Jones Yang tells about her experience in working with Howard Schultz while writing his first biography, Pour Your Heart Into It.
  • Reviews
    Excerpts of praise that the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang received.
  • Trickster's Choice
    Author, Dori Jones Yang shares some of her favorite books.
  • Khubilai Khan exhibit at the Met
    Khubilai Khan exhibit and Daughter of Xanadu
  • Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo
    Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo, published in June 2012, is the sequel to Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Browse books by Dori Jones Yang
    Dori Jones Yang is a successful author who has published six books in twelve languages. Visit booksbydori.com to learn more about her latest book on wise women.

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  • Discussion Questions
    Discussion Questions for book groups and students about Daughter of Xanadu, a novel of the Mongol Empire and Marco Polo

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  • Daughter of Xanadu
    Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin is determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai.
  • Author's Comments - Daughter of Xanadu
    Author Dori Jones Yang shares about her extensive adventures she experienced while doing research in preparation to write her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Discover what author, Dori Jones Yang learned from her research while writing her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Pour Your Heart Into It
    The story of Starbucks is not just a record of growth and success. It’s also about how a company can be built in a different way.
  • Reviews - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A sampling of the many positive reviews that the book, Pour Your Heart Into It received.
  • Honors - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A listing of the bestseller lists that Pour Your Heart Into It was on, and the variety of languages the book was printed in.
  • Authors Comments
    Author, Dori Jones Yang writes about the process and her experience in writing the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang.
  • Awards
    Awards won by author, Dori Jones Yang for her book, The Secret Life of Gina Zhang.
  • The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang
    Jinna has always been shy, but when her family moves to America from China, she vows to be the new “Gina” – brave, confident, and quick to learn English.
  • Voices of the Second Wave
    Voices of the Second Wave is a collection of 35 life stories of Chinese Americans who came to the U.S. between 1934 and 1968, a little-publicized generation cut off from their homeland who made important contributions to the U.S. Published May 2011.
  • Author's Comments - Pour Your Heart Into It
    Author, Dori Jones Yang tells about her experience in working with Howard Schultz while writing his first biography, Pour Your Heart Into It.
  • Reviews
    Excerpts of praise that the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang received.
  • Trickster's Choice
    Author, Dori Jones Yang shares some of her favorite books.
  • Khubilai Khan exhibit at the Met
    Khubilai Khan exhibit and Daughter of Xanadu
  • Discussion Questions
    Discussion Questions for book groups and students about Daughter of Xanadu, a novel of the Mongol Empire and Marco Polo
  • Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo
    Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo, published in June 2012, is the sequel to Daughter of Xanadu.

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  • Discussion Questions
    Discussion Questions for book groups and students about Daughter of Xanadu, a novel of the Mongol Empire and Marco Polo

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  • Daughter of Xanadu
    Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin is determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai.
  • Author's Comments - Daughter of Xanadu
    Author Dori Jones Yang shares about her extensive adventures she experienced while doing research in preparation to write her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Discover what author, Dori Jones Yang learned from her research while writing her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Pour Your Heart Into It
    The story of Starbucks is not just a record of growth and success. It’s also about how a company can be built in a different way.
  • Reviews - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A sampling of the many positive reviews that the book, Pour Your Heart Into It received.
  • Honors - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A listing of the bestseller lists that Pour Your Heart Into It was on, and the variety of languages the book was printed in.
  • Authors Comments
    Author, Dori Jones Yang writes about the process and her experience in writing the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang.
  • Awards
    Awards won by author, Dori Jones Yang for her book, The Secret Life of Gina Zhang.
  • The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang
    Jinna has always been shy, but when her family moves to America from China, she vows to be the new “Gina” – brave, confident, and quick to learn English.
  • Voices of the Second Wave
    Voices of the Second Wave is a collection of 35 life stories of Chinese Americans who came to the U.S. between 1934 and 1968, a little-publicized generation cut off from their homeland who made important contributions to the U.S. Published May 2011.
  • Author's Comments - Pour Your Heart Into It
    Author, Dori Jones Yang tells about her experience in working with Howard Schultz while writing his first biography, Pour Your Heart Into It.
  • Reviews
    Excerpts of praise that the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang received.
  • Trickster's Choice
    Author, Dori Jones Yang shares some of her favorite books.
  • Khubilai Khan exhibit at the Met
    Khubilai Khan exhibit and Daughter of Xanadu
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  • Discussion Questions
    Discussion Questions for book groups and students about Daughter of Xanadu, a novel of the Mongol Empire and Marco Polo
  • Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo
    Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo, published in June 2012, is the sequel to Daughter of Xanadu.

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Pour Your Heart Into It

  • Daughter of Xanadu
    Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin is determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai.
  • Author's Comments - Daughter of Xanadu
    Author Dori Jones Yang shares about her extensive adventures she experienced while doing research in preparation to write her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Discover what author, Dori Jones Yang learned from her research while writing her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Pour Your Heart Into It
    The story of Starbucks is not just a record of growth and success. It’s also about how a company can be built in a different way.
  • Reviews - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A sampling of the many positive reviews that the book, Pour Your Heart Into It received.
  • Honors - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A listing of the bestseller lists that Pour Your Heart Into It was on, and the variety of languages the book was printed in.
  • Authors Comments
    Author, Dori Jones Yang writes about the process and her experience in writing the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang.
  • Awards
    Awards won by author, Dori Jones Yang for her book, The Secret Life of Gina Zhang.
  • The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang
    Jinna has always been shy, but when her family moves to America from China, she vows to be the new “Gina” – brave, confident, and quick to learn English.
  • Voices of the Second Wave
    Voices of the Second Wave is a collection of 35 life stories of Chinese Americans who came to the U.S. between 1934 and 1968, a little-publicized generation cut off from their homeland who made important contributions to the U.S. Published May 2011.
  • Author's Comments - Pour Your Heart Into It
    Author, Dori Jones Yang tells about her experience in working with Howard Schultz while writing his first biography, Pour Your Heart Into It.
  • Reviews
    Excerpts of praise that the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang received.
  • Trickster's Choice
    Author, Dori Jones Yang shares some of her favorite books.
  • Browse books by Dori Jones Yang
    Dori Jones Yang is a successful author who has published six books in twelve languages. Visit booksbydori.com to learn more about her latest book on wise women.

Princeton

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  • Areas of Expertise
    Dori Jones also excels at public speaking, storycatching,and coaching about self-publishing

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    Dori Jones also excels at public speaking, storycatching,and coaching about self-publishing

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  • Browse books by Dori Jones Yang
    Dori Jones Yang is a successful author who has published six books in twelve languages. Visit booksbydori.com to learn more about her latest book on wise women.

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  • Areas of Expertise
    Dori Jones also excels at public speaking, storycatching,and coaching about self-publishing

Storycatching

  • Areas of Expertise
    Dori Jones also excels at public speaking, storycatching,and coaching about self-publishing

Students

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    As a journalist, Dori Jones Yang's work has appeared in a wide variety of periodicals.

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    As a journalist, Dori Jones Yang's work has appeared in a wide variety of periodicals.

The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang

  • Daughter of Xanadu
    Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin is determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai.
  • Author's Comments - Daughter of Xanadu
    Author Dori Jones Yang shares about her extensive adventures she experienced while doing research in preparation to write her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Discover what author, Dori Jones Yang learned from her research while writing her latest book, Daughter of Xanadu.
  • Pour Your Heart Into It
    The story of Starbucks is not just a record of growth and success. It’s also about how a company can be built in a different way.
  • Reviews - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A sampling of the many positive reviews that the book, Pour Your Heart Into It received.
  • Honors - Pour Your Heart Into It
    A listing of the bestseller lists that Pour Your Heart Into It was on, and the variety of languages the book was printed in.
  • Authors Comments
    Author, Dori Jones Yang writes about the process and her experience in writing the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang.
  • Awards
    Awards won by author, Dori Jones Yang for her book, The Secret Life of Gina Zhang.
  • The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang
    Jinna has always been shy, but when her family moves to America from China, she vows to be the new “Gina” – brave, confident, and quick to learn English.
  • Voices of the Second Wave
    Voices of the Second Wave is a collection of 35 life stories of Chinese Americans who came to the U.S. between 1934 and 1968, a little-publicized generation cut off from their homeland who made important contributions to the U.S. Published May 2011.
  • Author's Comments - Pour Your Heart Into It
    Author, Dori Jones Yang tells about her experience in working with Howard Schultz while writing his first biography, Pour Your Heart Into It.
  • Reviews
    Excerpts of praise that the book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang received.
  • Trickster's Choice
    Author, Dori Jones Yang shares some of her favorite books.

Third Place Books

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    As a journalist, Dori Jones Yang's work has appeared in a wide variety of periodicals.

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Voices of the Second Wave

Warm Cup of Wisdom

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    As a journalist, Dori Jones Yang's work has appeared in a wide variety of periodicals.

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  • Warm Cup of Wisdom
    Warm Cup of Wisdom features insights from nine wise women interviewed by the author.

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Excitement builds for Dori Jones Yang's new middle-grade novel - due August 15, 2017

Forbidden Temptation cover.jpgTwelve-year-old Leon struggles to balance the Emperor’s requirements—that he study English and keep the braid down his back—with his increasing love for all things American, especially the forbidden pleasures of baseball.

The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively, nuanced novel based on the real-life experiences of 120 boys sent to America by the Emperor of China in the 1870s, expected to live with American families, get into college, learn technology, and return home to modernize China.

Written for readers aged 10 to 14, this book highlights the challenges faced by children from other countries when they arrive in America. It is based on a little known story of U.S.-China relations and presents a very different perspective on the Chinese experience in the United States: not of laborers but of students.

For more on The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, including early reader reviews, click here. To pre-order the book through Amazon, click here. This book will be available August 15, 2017, in bookstores and libraries nationwide, published by SparkPress and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. 

Published in twelve languages, Dori Jones Yang has written, co-authored, compiled, and translated a wide variety of books, including historical fiction, biographies, oral histories, and children’s books. A former foreign correspondent based in Hong Kong, Dori is fluent in Mandarin and has specialized in books relating to China.

Dori's most widely read book, Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, reached several best-seller lists and was translated into ten languages. Daughter of Xanadu is a historical adventure and romance about Marco Polo. Her first children's book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang, won two awards.

 To find out about Dori's published books, click on the Books page. For a complete list of books she brought to life, click here.