Book #4 was "Woman Warrior" by Maxine Hong Kingston. I'd read her novel "TripMaster Monkey His Fake Book" in 2011 and enjoyed it, though I found the plot to be pretty minimal - it's a bit of a shaggy dog story. "Woman Warrior" is called a memoir but it's more like a collection of essays about growing up, interspersed with interesting Chinese folk tales, which she often ties to her own life and what she learns about her cultural heritage. The book was really nothing like I expected but it pulled me in right away with the first story of the author's aunt, who committed suicide because she'd brought shame to the family, and so the family wasn't ever supposed to talk about her. Toward the end, she describes and incident where she, a shy and quiet but good student, taunts and harasses another quiet Chinese girl in her school, and while it was painful to read, it also had the ring of truth, regarding the way a child who is socially marginalized with pick on a child who is even further out of the center. An excellent read and I'll be searching for more by this author.
1. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood [non-fiction]- James Gleick
2. Stones from the River [fiction]- Ursula Hegi