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Mah-jongg: From Shanghai to Miami Beach Hardcover – July 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First edition, first printing (full number line) edition (July 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811847330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811847339
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anita Luu's grandfather taught her to play mah-jongg before she was old enough to tie her own shoes. Now a partner at Affiche Design, she lives in San Francisco.

Christina Cavallaro was first exposed to mah-jongg while performing as a cabaret singer in Asia. She lives in San Francisco.

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And, oh the illustrations and photos are fabulous!
Violet
I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever played the game or who had a mother or grandmother who played or who has a daughter who wants to play.
Ella K. Perla
My mom gave this book to me for Christmas, I liked it so much I bought a copy for all three of my friends with whom I play Mah Jongg.
Melissa F.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Violet on August 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Last week the week I bought my tiles in Chinatown and the next day I found this delightful book. It is like the tiles themselves: gorgeous, delicate and sassy! It gives a rich history of the game and the tiles, as well as perfect instructions on how to play the game. And, oh the illustrations and photos are fabulous! Perfect!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Sharpe on June 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like Mah Jongg tiles themselves, this book is a visual and tactile joy. Nice case binding, heavy weight paper, tons of great photos. Content is excellent too with lots of history, trivia, and succinct instructions for play. This would be wonderful gift book. My only criticism is that dates in the photo captions are sometimes clearly wrong. I think the authors decided, "when in doubt, label it ca. 1923"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ella K. Perla on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Mah Jong: From Shanghai to Miami Beach" is a wonderful little book about the history of Mah Jong. The author gives a history of the game and how it evolved into a popular game in the U.S., especially amongst Jewish women of all ages. It gave me a new appreciation of the game and made me want to get out my inherited mah jong set and call all my friends together to play. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever played the game or who had a mother or grandmother who played or who has a daughter who wants to play. The book makes a wonderful gift for the game lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Tuttle on June 26, 2007
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This book is a delight to read and exposes the reader to a lot of snippets of information about the game, its origins, the different ways it is played etc. It is easy to read and I thought the recipes were a great idea. Any newbie or a long time player would enjoy this book. It lists many resources, does explain the American version well and is just a little jewel of a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria T. Sindram on August 28, 2013
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If you want to seriously start playing Mah-Jongg, you need books like this one to explain what it is all about, the rules of the game and the differences in how it is played around the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CatSttl on February 10, 2007
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I have never played Mah-jongg, although I'd like to learn one day; however, I found this book beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable. There's a little something for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Velasquez on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this game, been playing for three years now and am hooked. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants a fun read that gives you not only a glimpse of the basic concepts, but more of a history of the game and its place in society. Excellent gift for that Mag-Jongg fanatic in your family or group of friends.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BTG on September 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! Every page is more beautiful and colorful than the last, and it is packed with entertaining and informative information about this fascinating game and the culture of its players.
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