So you are going to live in China?

A Listmania! list by Laowai in the Central Kingdom (Santa Barbara, California)
The list author says: "Dreaming of living in China? Get ready to take that first step! Here are some fun and helpful books about living in China as an Expat (expatriate*) if you are contemplating moving here or planning to.

*EXPATRIATE - a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person's upbringing or legal residence."
Blonde Lotus
1.  Blonde Lotus by Cecilie Gamst Berg
The list author says:
  "2010
In no way an ordinary expat's life, a Norwegian girl (backpacker in the 80's) immerses herself in living, loving, eating, drinking & studying Chinese language, MEN & culture, burning a trail of misadventure, broken hearts & weed smoke from Hong Kong to Beijing. A bawdy, unapologetic, semi-autobiographical novel. New bible to single female expats in China?  Like a 'Sex in the 'Forbidden' City'"
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Big in China
2.  Big in China by Alan Paul
The list author says:
  "After resettling their three young children from suburban New Jersey to China, Paul, a music and basketball journalist who played guitar only as a hobby, embarked on an exploration of local culture and music.  He unwittingly becomes a rock star with his blues rock band, 'Woodie Alan' when they earn the title 'Beijing's best band'.
ISBN: 9780061993152"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China
3.  Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China by Rachel DeWoskin
The list author says:
  "2006
A bit dated already -China changes so fast!  Still a worthy read.  Captures the excitement of living in China as a 'white-faced' woman & her young expat adventures.  Esp. noteworthy is her ability to describe cultural differences & explain Chinese language & history since she grew up with Sinologist parents & has had her whole life to contemplate cultural differences!
ISBN: 0393328597"
$18.00   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

A Season in Red: My Great Leap Forward into the New China
4.  A Season in Red: My Great Leap Forward into the New China by Kirsty Needham
The list author says:
  "2007
Another memoir of an expat woman in Beijing who navigates communist slogans, transvestite nightclubs, SARS scares and maintaining her integrity as a 'foreign expert' working at the Communist-controlled China Daily newspaper.
ISBN: 1741147557"
$17.75   Used & New from: $0.01

Why China Will Never Rule the World: Travels in the Two Chinas
5.  Why China Will Never Rule the World: Travels in the Two Chinas by Troy Parfitt
The list author says:
  "Comes out September 15, 2011
ISBN: 0986803502"
$16.39   Used & New from: $0.06
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion
6.  Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion by Michael Levy
The list author says:
  "2011
Funny & informative account of life in Guizhou province, deep in the heart of China from a Peace Corps volunteer.  Cheekier & more freewheeling than Peter Hessler’s River Town…and Peter J. Vernezze’s Socrates in Sichuan…
ISBN: 0805091963"
$10.75   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

Socrates in Sichuan: Chinese Students Search for Truth, Justice, and the (Chinese) Way
7.  Socrates in Sichuan: Chinese Students Search for Truth, Justice, and the (Chinese) Way by Peter Vernezze
The list author says:
  "2011
An unprecedented description of the mind's of the up-and-coming generation—“post-1980s generation”— with their unique perspective on China—and America by a peace corp volunteer who lead a weekly philosophical discussion group with Chinese undergraduate and graduate students.
ISBN: 1597976725"
$24.26   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Katherine
8.  Katherine by Anchee Min
The list author says:
  "2001
Describes how a vibrant American English teacher in Shanghai in 1982, 'breathtakingly naive about the stumbling blocks her students face', has a devastating impact on her students, who are 'enthralled by her air of freedom and her not-too-subtle sexuality.'
Told by the voice of a young woman, hardened by the crushing Chinese system post Cultural Revolution,
ISBN: 0425180239"
$15.15   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Riding the Iron Rooster
9.  Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
The list author says:
  "1989
Ready for great adventures traveling on China's vast railway network?!
This is a China backpacker’s essential.  'While infrastructure in the P.R.C. has markedly improved over the decades, a foreigner in the hard seat of the peasant car will have the same mad experiences in 2010 as Theroux did in the 1980’s.'  (Thomas Carter)
ISBN: 0804104549"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Ni Howdy!: An American Woman's (Mal)Adaptation to Life in the People's Republic of China
10.  Ni Howdy!: An American Woman's (Mal)Adaptation to Life in the People's Republic of China by Desi Downey
The list author says:
  "2005
Funny account of a women who had never been out of the States & rarely out of the Midwest when her husband’s job was transferred to China & she was thrust into a new & bewildering existence virtually overnight.  Laugh at the horror of her first encounter with the primitive disgusting “squatty potty”.  Witty, wry observations of a newbie China expat fresh off the plane.
ISBN: 0595342361"
$12.77   Used & New from: $0.50
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China
11.  Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China by Jen Lin-Liu
The list author says:
  "2009
ISBN: 9780156033749"
$18.78   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
12.  Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop
The list author says:
  "2009
China is a Foodie's PARADISE with the abundant variety of cuisines at very affordable prices.  A smart memoir about cross-cultural eating with a backstory that started in 1992 & consequences of her fascination with China & Chinese FOOD -an integral part of Chinese identity!
ISBN: 0393332888"
$14.45   Used & New from: $2.92
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

Ich in Ein Beijinger
13.  Ich in Ein Beijinger by Kaiser Kuo
The list author says:
  "A columnist for a Beijing Expat magazine, "theBeijinger", 13+ year resident in Beijing created a poignant, humorous and delightfully engaging portrait of contemporary Beijing and its “lazy, prideful, garrulous and potty-mouthed” residents whom the author also praises as, “the warmest, best-humored and most easygoing people in all of China.
ISBN: B0030GFAPQ"
$9.99
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Moon Living Abroad in China: Including Hong Kong and Macau
14.  Moon Living Abroad in China: Including Hong Kong and Macau by Stuart C. Strother
The list author says:
  "2009
Tips for moving to China.  My number one advice is to make some Chinese friends upon arrival (very easy - everyone would like an American friend, esp. students studying English . .) and ask them for lots of help (also relatively easy in China!)  Aside from that you can read a book like this.
ISBN: 1598801694"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Live & Work in China: The Most Accurate, Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Living and Working In China
15.  Live & Work in China: The Most Accurate, Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Living and Working In China by David Roberts
The list author says:
  "2008
Information on how to: secure a residence permit; find employment; find a home; obtain a competitive mortgage; choose a suitable school; open the right bank account; health care; learn the language; organize your retirement abroad IN CHINA.
ISBN: 9781854583840"
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
16.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) by Lisa See
The list author says:
  "2011
Now a motion picture that compares to Joy Luck Club!  Vivid portrait of family & village life in 19th century China,
'Even though the women's culture and upbringing may be vastly different from readers' own, the life lessons are much the same, and they will be remembered long after the details of this fascinating story are forgotten.'
ISBN: 0812982711"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,272 customer reviews)

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Peony in Love: A Novel
17.  Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See
The list author says:
  "2008
Lisa See's books are highly recommended for both entertainment value, emotional depth and especially for learning about Chinese history and culture!  Her book, 'Snowflower' has graphic descriptions of footbinding that is intriguing and a rich glipse of childhood from a girl in 19th century China. 
ISBN: 0812975227"
$12.41   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
18.  Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang
The list author says:
  "-130 million- Chinese migrant workers, the largest migration in history  
Follows the hardships & heartbreaks of two teenage factory girls who 'were prey to all sorts of cons, making life decisions on the barest bits of information,' in China's lawless free-for-all boomtowns.  They also reinvent themselves, feeling freed from a suffocating web of traditional habits & mores.
ISBN: 0385520174"
$13.89   Used & New from: $2.64
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

In China My Name Is
19.  In China My Name Is by Valerie Blanco
The list author says:
  "2009
A young woman calls herself "Apple" because when she drinks alcohol she turns red. About Chinese adopting English names and their reasons for taking them. Arranged alphabetically - from Aeron to Zat & accompanied by photographs.  Repetitive but especially amusing for expat English teachers who struggle to think up English names for hundreds of Chinese students
ISBN: 0979966671"
$14.29   Used & New from: $1.65
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

China Survival Guide: How To Avoid Travel Troubles and Mortifying Mishaps, Revised Edition
20.  China Survival Guide: How To Avoid Travel Troubles and Mortifying Mishaps, Revised Edition by Larry Herzberg
The list author says:
  "2011
Addresses problems neglected by most travel guidebooks. Has practical checklists on transportation, lodging, walking, haggling, medical and bathroom emergencies, etiquette, crowds, and learning the twin arts of patience and persistence.
ISBN: 1933330945"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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Think Like Chinese
21.  Think Like Chinese by Haihua Zhang
The list author says:
  "You will need to learn a bit about Chinese culture for everyday life as well as business.  Are you familiar with the term "Guanxi"?   If you are hoping to reap the wealth of the world's fastest growing economy, your knowledge of Putonghua  and Chinese culture could stand between you and your millions. 
ISBN: 1862876886"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Mandarin Phrasebook
22.  Mandarin Phrasebook by Anthony Garnaut
The list author says:
  "Published 2010
You'll need a good phrasebook to get you started speaking Chinese.  You can do it!  Just takes more time to get aquainted with the language than it does with European Languages, but you may be surprised at how easy it is to pronounce and the simplicity of many words.
ISBN: 9781742200880"
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China's Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines
23.  China's Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines by Lionel M. Jensen
The list author says:
  "2007
Material for battling prevailing ignorance about China.  People rarely move past the usual images of China presented by the media, there is a huge gap between what specialists understand & the general public believes.  Learn how to spot the 'military alarmists', 'free-trade optimists', & the 'China apologist'
ISBN: 074253863X"
$30.96   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

China (Opposing Viewpoints)
24.  China (Opposing Viewpoints) by Noah Berlatsky
The list author says:
  "2011
Great book for getting to the nitty gritty of debatable issues (without tackling academic texts!) with a selection China hot topics.  The well-chosen excerpts clearly express opposing opinions.  From a long-running award-winning series, informative, many-sided, well-balanced, written for high school students but does not dumb-down the complexity.
ISBN: 073774765X"
$46.45   Used & New from: $3.47
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

National Geographic Atlas of China
25.  National Geographic Atlas of China by National Geographic
The list author says:
  "Published 2007, 128 pages
Thematic maps on trade, energy, natural resources, population, military strength, religion, languages, tourism, transportation, and more. New satellite imagery—at the highest resolution ever published by National Geographic, a historical timeline, commentaries, graphs, travel info, and photos complete the thorough coverage of today's China.
ISBN: 1426201362"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900
26.  The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana Preston
The list author says:
  "2001
If you have any relatives that are nervous about you going to live in China, then don't mention the Boxer Rebellion or this book!
This vivid account of the revolt against all manner of foreign presence and influence may scare the hell out of you if you believe it could happen again.
ISBN: 0425180840"
$13.77   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

Home Away From Home : Turning Your International Relocation Into a Lifetime Enhancement, Revised Edition
27.  Home Away From Home : Turning Your International Relocation Into a Lifetime Enhancement, Revised Edition by Beverly D. Roman
The list author says:
  "2006
This guide to personal and professional success while living abroad is best used as a checklist as it lacks more thoughtful or lengthy discussions of social and psychological issues of international relocation.
ISBN: 1888891327"
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Life on the Outside (Memoirs of a Nomadic Mother and Daughter)
28.  Life on the Outside (Memoirs of a Nomadic Mother and Daughter) 
The list author says:
  "2001
Looks interesting but I could not find a description or a review.
ISBN: B000QAWLEW"
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Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World
29.  Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World by Robin Pascoe
The list author says:
  "2006
Mom describes family's trials and tribulations in adapting to life abroad in destinations as diverse as Bangkok and Seoul, New York and Beijing, found the toughest move of all was 'back home' to her native Canada.
ISBN: 0968676030"
$23.14   Used & New from: $2.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Chinese Houses: A Pictorial Tour of China's Traditional Dwellings
30.  Chinese Houses: A Pictorial Tour of China's Traditional Dwellings by Congzhou Chen
The list author says:
  "2009
Do you want to live in a traditional Chinese house?  Here is a fascinating selection of Chinese houses from every region of the country.  From the 'hutongs', the four-sided courtyard house of Beijing, to the case dwellings of Henan, from the wind-swept adobe houses of Kashi to the portable yurts of Mongolia.
ISBN: 1606520016"
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China Style
31.  China Style by Michael Freeman
The list author says:
  "Interior design book with photograph of spaces decorated with Chinese design style.  Many of the antiques and accessories pictured, from Tibetan carpets to Ming furniture, are now astronomically priced in the US, but if you live in China you can easily find beautifully made cheap replicas or go antique hunting!
ISBN: 0794604005"
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Things Chinese: Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles
32.  Things Chinese: Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles by Michael Freeman
The list author says:
  "2011
Learn Chinese history by looking at photos of bird cages, dragons, Bamboo furniture, Ivory carvings, Snuff Bottles, Mooncake moulds, Musical Instruments, Mahjong sets, and Fengshui compasses that all provide insights & meanings to Chinese civilization, cultural developments of taste & style, & open a window onto the people & the society of the world's largest nation.
ISBN: 080484187X"
$18.83   Used & New from: $10.04
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Culture Shock! China: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
33.  Culture Shock! China: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette by Rebecca Weiner
The list author says:
  "2007
From a series of culture shock guides, this is a guide for those going to China for the first-time or temporary residents.  Covers some history and cultural issues & focuses on working, eating, exploring China and the Chinese, learning the language, and socializing.
ISBN: 0761454039"
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Eastern and Western Daily Culture: Intercultural Communication in China
34.  Eastern and Western Daily Culture: Intercultural Communication in China by professor. Robert Smith
The list author says:
  "Published 2007
Knowledge about differences in daily culture helps to foster friendships & is also important for doing business.  Covers a wide variety of topics: food/drink, love/marriage, masculinity vs femininity, kinship, raising children, education, individualism vs collectivism, gift giving, mythology/superstition, entertainment, sports, religion, festivals & holidays.
ISBN: 9781587367908"
$7.34

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party
35.  Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
The list author says:
  "Published 2009
This young adult novel is my favorite memoir of the Cultural Revolution and there are many many great books available about this period.  You've gotta read at least one!
ISBN: 0312581491"
$7.89   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

China - A Century of Revolution
36.  China - A Century of Revolution DVD ~ China-Century of Revolution
The list author says:
  "2002
Excellent documentary with a ton of interviews.
ASIN: B00005RRID"
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37.  On a Chinese screen by W. Somerset Maugham
The list author says:
  "1893 & 2011
59 vingnettes & brief sketches describing describe some character of a range of European types that lived in China from 1919 - 1921, or a scene, setting, place, or event.  Beautifully written with a lot of depth and insight by an Englishman who thought that protestant missionaries are hypocritical & who shows compassion for the plight of the locals.
ISBN: B004SGRUVE"
$14.51
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A Manual for Teaching English in China
38.  A Manual for Teaching English in China by Bill Burkett
The list author says:
  "2009
Most native English speakers who come to China teach English in China at some point.  Here is a manuel to consider.
ISBN: 1598589164"
$17.96   Used & New from: $11.00
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Little Red Book: Teaching ESL in China
39.  The Little Red Book: Teaching ESL in China by Susan Black
The list author says:
  "2008
ISBN: 142515915X"
$11.46   Used & New from: $10.75
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English Language Teaching in China: New Approaches, Perspectives and Standards
40.  English Language Teaching in China: New Approaches, Perspectives and Standards by Jun Liu
The list author says:
  "2008
An academic text, so it is expensive.  Argues that more solid grammar teaching must be coupled to this communicative competence.
ISBN: 0826480764"
$55.00   Used & New from: $16.90

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