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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman came up with the idea to write a novel about changing culture – specifically American culture – where the old Gods are replaced by new ones.  He literally injects both types of Gods into the novel.  The old Gods … Continue reading

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In Manchuria by Michael Meyer

The more I read about China, the more eager I am to learn about this nation, rich in history and culture.  Michael Meyer, becomes an expat living in rural China after a stint in Peace Corps, and enjoys teaching there.  … 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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White Teeth by Zadie Smith

A satirical look at color and ethnicity in modern day London, White Teeth begins with two friends who meet during World War II.  One is Bengali (Samid) and the other a white Englishman (Archie).  They both end up marrying women … Continue reading

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River Town: Two Years On The Yangtze by Peter Hessler

And I figured that if you have to listen to Marxist interpretations of literature, you might as well hear them at a college where the students clean the classrooms. In 1996, Peter Hessler arrived in the river town of Fulan, … Continue reading

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A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev

“And suddenly, above that hell, the fighters saw a pigeon.  Born from bulbs of smoke, delivered from shrouds of dust, the pigeon rose, she soared.  Above the grunts and the shouts, above the whisper of shrapnel in the chill of … Continue reading

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