"Home Is a Roof Over a Pig is a brutally honest and fascinating peek at life for an American family living in a foreign country. I was engrossed in the story as Arrington used her humor, and ultimately understanding and flexibility to survive, realize, and eventually love the contradictory land of China."
--Kay Bratt, bestselling author of Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
"The power of Aminta Arrington's Home Is a Roof Over a Pig is you can see both sides of the 'China coin' from it--something most people won't get just by traveling through, or only by hearing about China in Western languages. Read it, it will help you dip into the real China."--Xinran, author of The Good Women of China
"American teacher Arrington (editor, Saving Grandmother's Face) nicely demystifies the Chinese language for English speakers in this down-to-earth memoir chronicling her family's stint in the Chinese province of Shandong on the eve of the Beijing Olympics."--Publishers Weekly
"A military wife turned ESL instructor's sharp-eyed account of how the adoption of a Chinese baby girl led to her family's life-changing decision to live and work in rural China . . . candid and heartfelt."--Kirkus
"A fresh, illuminating look at contemporary China." --Booklist
"Her chronicle of their adventures with the language and with the local culture and characters presents intimate glimpses of the profoundly different ideology and philosophy that underlie the quotidian Chinese experience—and of the essential human kindness that can transcend those differences." --National Geographic Traveler
"This book captivated me through vivid accounts of everyday life in China from an American’s viewpoint. The refreshing insights stirred an appreciation and fascination in me for the Chinese people and their culture. As we shape our cultural identity in the increasingly global context, Aminta Arrington inspires us to broaden our understanding."--Yakima Herald
"Arrington is a sunny ('cynicism and I cannot breathe the same air') and energetic guide to today’s China—where Volvos glide among donkey carts and the Kitchen God coexists with Marxism. It is here that Arrington—while seeking out her daughter’s roots—also discovers 'the person I was created to be.'"--Christian Science Monitor Weekly
Aminta Arrington has an M.A. in international relations from the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She has written about China for the Seattle Times, and she edited the anthology Saving Grandmother’s Face: And Other Tales from Christian Teachers in China. She lives and works in China with her family.
Fantastic book! Very insightful. Aminta does a great job of explaining a character, its meaning, and providing several delightful stories about her family and their life in China. Read morePublished 2 months ago by erinchilada
Overall, I really liked the book. Since I'll be moving to China later this year, I enjoyed Aminta Arrington's insight into real Chinese culture. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Russ S.
This was a fun and creative travel memoir. Aminta Arrington does an excellent job explaining the Chinese mindset in a way I didn't understand before, even though I spent several... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annelise S.
This book was full of surprises and insights. She has a westerner's perspective without the prejudices. I learned a great deal and enjoyed her experiences as did my bookclub. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peggy Cadigan
This is a book written with great sensitivity and wisdom. I lived it and learned a great deal about modern China.Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth P
ALL THIS LADY TALKED ABOUT WAS HOW SHEAND HER FAMILY HAD SUCH A HARD LONG TIME TO GET SETTLED IN CHINA.Published 20 months ago by VALTOWNSEND
I read the book from the library and decided I needed to own it so I could pick it up over and over again. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Weisgram
I couldn't finish this book. It suffers from an incredible lack of focus and editing. The author rambles within chapters and even within paragraphs. Read morePublished 22 months ago by OtterSpace
I enjoyed the book because it was true experiences of Americans "on loan" to China. Children are the most resilient and excepting of change versus adults.Published 23 months ago by Jenny T