Published by DaCapo, Paperback: December 2008
A Booksense pick, "Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind" was named "favorite book of 2007" of the Chicago Tribune and CSPAN "Book TV" feature. It was called "a moving bio" by Entertainment Weekly (Dec. 19, 2008).
“Paula Kamen digs deep into the ambitious life and tragic death of her most successful friend … [and] offers the same meticulous attention to detail and thorough immersion in primary sources that distinguishes Chang’s exhaustively researched books,” said AWJ member Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader
The book is about Paula Kamen's real-life search to connect the dots about the mysterious 2004 suicide of her friend, bestselling Chinese-American writer Iris Chang, the author of the blockbuster "The Rape of Nanking." Meanwhile, it profiles her glorious achievements and the tremendous burdens she assumed in becoming a superhuman symbol of activism and social justice to the Asian community. The book seeks to clear up rampant misunderstandings about the bipolar disorder, combined with hormonal events, that likely claimed her life. It also explores how journalists can survive in the long term covering dark topics, without being harmed by the toxic effects of their subjects. The
book is based on a eulogy Kamen wrote about her for Salon.com
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