Tag Archives: China

Blood and Ice: Mayling Soong Chiang by Helen Hull

Dear Reader: I scored a couple Helen Hull (1888-1971) books from Popek’s Used Books (Michael published Forgotten Bookmarks discussed in an earlier post).  One is #157 Landfall and the other #156 Mayling Soong Chiang. According to the Feminist Press which reissued her early novels: Quest and The Islanders, Hull wrote 17 novels and 65 short …

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Blood and Love and Dickens

Dear Reader: I’m going to kill two memes with one post today, participating in Fig and Thistle’s 200th Dickens birthday read and Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday by answering the question: What Top Ten Books Would You Recommend To Someone Who Doesn’t Read Romance Novels? #151) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens …

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Town and Country

Dear Reader: One more short trip soon and then I’m home for 2.5 months!  Yea!  I’m looking forward to enjoying winter and my gang and reading and writing in this blog… Meanwhile, I wrapped up two more books this weekend. #91 Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three Pines Mysteries) by Louise Penny (kindle) …

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Affairs of the Heart

Dear Reader: It’s a lovely, gloomy, rainy late November Saturday.  Not so great for running or walking dogs…  Excellent for tea and books. #10 To the North by Elizabeth Bowen (1932, hard copy) This is one of Bowen’s books that I had read in the past.  But, like most of the books I read I …

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Chinese history and Beijing Coma

Dear Reader: 64) China: A New History I have finished the #64 (HC, 2007) Fairbanks and Goldman China: A New History!  All 500 pages of it…. John King Fairbanks (or JKF as he liked to be called) was one of the premier China watchers of the 60s, 70s and beyond.  This history was his last …

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Beijing and Heavy Wings

Dear Reader: I haven’t had as much time to blog as past weeks as I’m traveling a lot these two weeks – I’m not in China yet, that’s still a few weeks away. Nonetheless, I have finished three more of my China books: 61) Heavy Wings by Zhang Jie (1981, HC), 76) The Last Days …

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Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Dear Reader: I have finished #65 (HC) Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers! Yiyun grew up in Beijing, attended Peking University (the Harvard of China) and immigrated to the US.  This seems to be her first book. The stories bridge the gap between China and the U.S., often through individuals who have left …

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China!

Dear Reader: I need to shift gears for a few weeks.  I’m heading back to China next month for a work trip.  I’ll be hosted by my friend and colleague who will host me at her agency in Beijing.  After that we’ll head to Shanghai and Xi’an. Her parents lived here for a year a …

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