Tag Archives: Beijing

Strange Stones by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler is an American writer who spent years living abroad in China.  His memoir of teaching in a village called Fuling, River Town, is one of my favorites.  Strange Stones compiles various observations from his time in China, but also upon … Continue reading

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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones

Nicole Mones knocked another one out of the park for me with The Last Chinese Chef!  The story begins when Maggie McElroy must travel to China to attend to a paternity suit against her late husband’s estate.  Maggie, a food … Continue reading

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Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler was an English major turned journalist, when he returned to China and wrote, what would eventually be, this work of narrative non-fiction.  He had spent time in Fuling years earlier, in the Peace Corps, and wrote a wonderful … Continue reading

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Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah

“My first meal in Beijing is roasted duck, or kaoya as it’s called in Chinese.  Glossy and brown, with crisp skin and meltingly moist flesh, the bird is cut into over one hundred pieces, in the traditional way.” Ann Mah’s … Continue reading

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The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley

Picture this:  you are a mother of two young boys and your husband has recently accepted a new job in Beijing.  You do not speak Chinese, but you are brave enough to pack up your kids and your household and … Continue reading

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