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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

River Town: Two Years On The Yangtze - Peter Hessler Hessler, already a published travel writer in his late 20's, set out for a two-year stint in Sichuan as a college English literature instructor for the Peace Corps. Here he describes his two years and gradual acculturation. Hessler neither vilifies nor romanticizes the people with whom he interacts, and the result is a highly readable memoir/travelogue that includes both humor and insight. Read with Wang Gang's English: A Novel for a semi-fictionalized Chinese perspective on English teachers and rural life in the Uigher areas of China during the cultural revolution.