Archive for the ‘China’ Category

A THREAD OF SKY by Deanna Fei

In 2000 Fei toured China, her family’s ancestral homeland, with her mother, two sisters, grandmother and aunt. From that trip came the inspiration and the framework for this painterly, character-driven first novel. In acknowledging this Fei is quick to assert, “it is not about them; it does not depict their histories or their personalities.”

July 20, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Character Driven, China, Debut Novel, Family Matters, Literary, World Lit

COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

Hessler came to China in 1996 with the Peace Corp and stayed for 10 years. He got his license in 2001, as roads and drivers were proliferating, and planned a cross-country trip. Development was intense in coastal regions but the north and west were still remote, many roads unlabeled.

March 4, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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FACTORY GIRLS by Leslie T. Chang

In FACTORY GIRLS, American journalist Chang, who kept her Chinese heritage at arm’s length for many years, explores her family’s past and the country’s history as she follows the lives of migrant workers in the industrial city of Dongguan, where 70 percent of the population is female.

March 4, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE ROUTES OF MAN by Ted Conover

Ted Conover won a National Book Critics Circle award for his last work of non-fiction, NEWJACK, a narrative about the Sing Sing prison. One can imagine that after such an endeavor he went after freedom—the essence of it personified by a wide stretch of empty road.

In his new book, THE ROUTES OF MAN, Conover takes a look at different roads all across the world and takes us along for the ride.

February 15, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: China, India-Pakistan, Israel, Non-fiction, South America, y Award Winning Author

BROTHERS by Yu Hua

If one is asked to summarize BROTHERS, most likely the answer would be something like this: Two brothers lose each other as each tries in his own way to cope with massive change, first cultural and then economic. One gains immense wealth, the other loses hope…and his life. Yet, despite it all, their bond remains.

January 16, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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NINE DRAGONS by Michael Connelly

In Michael Connelly’s NINE DRAGONS, Detective Harry Bosch, who works in the Robbery-Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, is sent with his partner to investigate a “rob job” at a liquor store that resulted in the shooting death of the proprietor, John Li. After speaking to Li’s family and viewing surveillance discs, Bosch comes up with two theories. Either a teenage shoplifter who was banished from the liquor store committed the crime, or a member of the Chinese Triad (thugs who extort money and engage in other illegal activities) killed Li for refusing to pay protection money. For a variety of reasons, Bosch leans towards the second explanation. When he realizes that his ignorance of Chinese language and culture might impede his investigation, Harry enlists the aid of Detective David Chu to interview witnesses and provide him with relevant background information.

October 13, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: California, China, Sleuths Series, y Award Winning Author