China ~ Center of the World!

A Listmania! list by Sara "Travel Maven" (Hoboken, NJ)
The list author says: "China is near the top of my list of favorite countries that I often travel to for work and pleasure. These are the most inspiring books about China that I have read over the years. Some are light airplane reading, others are the kind of classics you’ll want permanently in your home library."
The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China From the Bottom Up
1.  The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China From the Bottom Up by Liao Yiwu
The list author says:
  "Interviews with China’s “untouchable” classes. Great read!"
$11.15   Used & New from: $2.34
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China (Vintage)
2.  Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China (Vintage) by James Fallows
The list author says:
  "Compares China with other Asian and western cultures."
$11.04   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Red Dust: A Path Through China
3.  Red Dust: A Path Through China by Flora Drew
The list author says:
  "Chinese vagabond quits normal life to drift across China."
$13.11   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
4.  China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford
The list author says:
  "Road trip across China with NPR reporter Rob Gifford."
$10.43   Used & New from: $1.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

"Socialism Is Great!": A Worker's Memoir of the New China
5.  "Socialism Is Great!": A Worker's Memoir of the New China by Lijia Zhang
The list author says:
  "Memoir about a Chinese girl who rises up from the factories to become a reporter."
$12.44   Used & New from: $1.71
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
6.  China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power by Luann Walther
The list author says:
  "Husband and wife authors examine the cultural contradictions of New China."
$13.79   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America
7.  China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America by James Kynge
The list author says:
  "Basically says that China is sucking up all the world’s resources."
$11.45   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China
8.  One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China by James McGregor
The list author says:
  "You don’t need to be in business to read this book. Very informative!"
$13.21   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China
9.  Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China by Ian Johnson
The list author says:
  "Case studies on modern China’s dramatic reform policies."
$16.20   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
10.  Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
The list author says:
  "Rich Chinese girl spills the dirt on her abusive family."
$12.94   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)

The Vagrants: A Novel
11.  The Vagrants: A Novel by Yiyun Li
The list author says:
  "Fear, corruption, murder and scandal during the Cultural Revolution."
$12.50   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Wolf Totem: A Novel
12.  Wolf Totem: A Novel by Rong Jiang
The list author says:
  "Student exiled to the countryside during the ‘60s, befriends a pack of wolves."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Brothers: A Novel
13.  Brothers: A Novel by Hua Yu
The list author says:
  "Two Chinese brothers leading contrastingly opposite lifestyles."
$13.79   Used & New from: $3.94
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
14.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See
The list author says:
  "A tale of love and friendship from her eminence Lisa See."
$11.45   Used & New from: $0.80
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,165 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
15.  Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang
The list author says:
  "A teenager’s perspective of the Cultural Revolution. Fantastic!"
$8.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now
16.  Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now by Jan Wong
The list author says:
  "A Canadian Chinese moves to China in the 1970s. Bad timing!"
$12.12   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Beautiful as Yesterday: A Novel
17.  Beautiful as Yesterday: A Novel by Fan Wu
The list author says:
  "A Chinese American’s perception of western culture."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Waiting: A Novel
18.  Waiting: A Novel by Ha Jin
The list author says:
  "Chinese patriot torn between duty to country or love."
$13.12   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel
19.  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel by Ina Rilke
The list author says:
  "Two teens discover love and literature in a re-education camp."
$11.44   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Colors of the Mountain
20.  Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen
The list author says:
  "Growing up during the Cultural Revolution."
$11.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
21.  The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang
The list author says:
  "Brutal truth about what the Japanese did to the Chinese during the war."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (760 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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Three Kingdoms (Chinese Classics, 4 Volumes)
22.  Three Kingdoms (Chinese Classics, 4 Volumes) by Moss Roberts
The list author says:
  "A must-read for understanding ancient China."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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A Traveller's History of China (Traveller's Histories Series)
23.  A Traveller's History of China (Traveller's Histories Series) by Stephen G. Haw
The list author says:
  "4,000 years of history condensed into a portable volume."
$11.94   Used & New from: $0.01
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

1421: The Year China Discovered America
24.  1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
The list author says:
  "Did the Chinese “discover” America? Scholars are divided on the issue."
$11.54   Used & New from: $2.46
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

China: Portrait of a People
25.  China: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter
The list author says:
  "No other photo book about China that can compare to this huge volume."
$16.98   Used & New from: $13.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
26.  River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.) by Peter Hessler
The list author says:
  "One of the most popular books for westerners traveling in China."
$12.54   Used & New from: $0.75
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture
27.  China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture by May-Lee Chai
The list author says:
  "Informative culture guide for understanding all of China’s changing nuances."
$12.36   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Mandarin: Lonely Planet Phrasebook
28.  Mandarin: Lonely Planet Phrasebook by Anthony Garnaut
The list author says:
  "Use this to get around, though I suggest taking a crash course as well."
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2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Beijing and Shanghai (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
29.  Beijing and Shanghai (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by DK Publishing
The list author says:
  "Good for if you will be spending time in China’s 2 biggest cities."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide)
30.  Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide) by Bradley Mayhew
The list author says:
  "No explanation needed. If you go to China, you take this."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Last updated: 6/8/10
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