RDW is a great writer, very observant and with a tremendous sense of humour.
This is particularly true towards the end, when she doesn't attend the funeral of a close friend who she was with when he died, because she had to go on vacation.
Her book is a fascinating account of a city, a country, and a culture in transition.
I found nothing to relate to in this book...it was a poor recommendation for our book club.Published 28 days ago by R. Chome
I expected to read the story of a young American woman's experience of becoming a TV celebrity in China, and while that expectation was sort of fulfilled at the beginning of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alana Cash
This is one of my favorite memoirs set in China. A woman who dared to love Chinese men on screen (and off), as well as Chinese culture, Rachel writes about it all with passion and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jocelyn E.
Interesting but sometimes the stories/ event didn't connect the auther loves then just leave. Engages in a love sffaair but dissent really get into it friends the same way just... Read morePublished 5 months ago by wanda Ortiz
Ms. DeWoskin has written a very revealing view of her 5 years in China as it moved into the 21st century. She doesn't put down the locals any more then herself. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Great Pyr
In a lot if ways, I've lived a parallel life to deWoskin - same age, same university, same bizarre experience of having been on TV in Asia. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charles Pooter
I first heard of Rachel DeWoskin a few weeks ago, when I picked up her one of her works of fiction, "Big Girl Small", which I loved. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Karen Lea Hansen
Obviously, this book is not a primer on how things are in China today. Nor is it an informative read if you have knowledge of Chinese and its people. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Elizabeth S. Case
A fascinating memoir of life in Beijing during the last half of the 1990's. Rachel DoWoskin had just graduated from college with a degree in English and a love of poetry when she... Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by Jaylia3