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China ~ Center of the World!

Sara "Travel Maven"
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
The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China From the Bottom Up
"Interviews with China’s “untouchable” classes. Great read!"
Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China
Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China
"Compares China with other Asian and western cultures."
Red Dust: A Path Through China
Red Dust: A Path Through China
"Chinese vagabond quits normal life to drift across China."
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
"Road trip across China with NPR reporter Rob Gifford."
"Socialism Is Great!": A Worker's Memoir of the New China
"Socialism Is Great!": A Worker's Memoir of the New China
"Memoir about a Chinese girl who rises up from the factories to become a reporter."
China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
"Husband and wife authors examine the cultural contradictions of New China."
China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America
China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America
"Basically says that China is sucking up all the world’s resources."
One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China
One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China
"You don’t need to be in business to read this book. Very informative!"
Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China
Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China
"Case studies on modern China’s dramatic reform policies."
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
"Rich Chinese girl spills the dirt on her abusive family."
The Vagrants: A Novel
The Vagrants: A Novel
"Fear, corruption, murder and scandal during the Cultural Revolution."
Wolf Totem: A Novel
Wolf Totem: A Novel
"Student exiled to the countryside during the ‘60s, befriends a pack of wolves."
Brothers: A Novel
Brothers: A Novel
"Two Chinese brothers leading contrastingly opposite lifestyles."
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
"A tale of love and friendship from her eminence Lisa See."
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
"A teenager’s perspective of the Cultural Revolution. Fantastic!"
Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now
Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now
"A Canadian Chinese moves to China in the 1970s. Bad timing!"
Beautiful as Yesterday: A Novel
Beautiful as Yesterday: A Novel
"A Chinese American’s perception of western culture."
Waiting: A Novel
Waiting: A Novel
"Chinese patriot torn between duty to country or love."
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel
"Two teens discover love and literature in a re-education camp."
Colors of the Mountain
Colors of the Mountain
"Growing up during the Cultural Revolution."
The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
"Brutal truth about what the Japanese did to the Chinese during the war."
Three Kingdoms (Chinese Classics, 4 Volumes)
Three Kingdoms (Chinese Classics, 4 Volumes)
"A must-read for understanding ancient China."
A Traveller's History of China (Traveller's Histories Series)
A Traveller's History of China (Traveller's Histories Series)
"4,000 years of history condensed into a portable volume."
1421: The Year China Discovered America
1421: The Year China Discovered America
"Did the Chinese “discover” America? Scholars are divided on the issue."
China: Portrait of a People
China: Portrait of a People
"No other photo book about China that can compare to this huge volume."
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (P.S.)
"One of the most popular books for westerners traveling in China."
China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture
China A to Z: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture
"Informative culture guide for understanding all of China’s changing nuances."
Mandarin: Lonely Planet Phrasebook
Mandarin: Lonely Planet Phrasebook
"Use this to get around, though I suggest taking a crash course as well."
Beijing and Shanghai (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
Beijing and Shanghai (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
"Good for if you will be spending time in China’s 2 biggest cities."
Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet China (Country Travel Guide)
"No explanation needed. If you go to China, you take this."