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Hot New Books – China-focused

The Lost Beijing

The Lost Beijing

Dan Xin

Beijing, this well planned city is uniquely outlined by her ageless Hutongs or traditional neighborhoods. Unfortunately, not only are the Hutongs changing, they are also vanishing. Beijing's Hutongs are a cultural heritage for all mankind. Unfortunately one of the costs of Beijing's transformation into a modern city is the gradual loss of its original Hutongs, together with their spacious courtyards, and pleasant life, community, and traditions. Do enjoy the beauty of the Hutong before they disappear. You might be surprised to discover a passion for them that is shared by many of Beijing's residents.

Mouse-wolf

Mouse-wolf

Elisabeth Hallett

Mouse-wolf left Tiantan for the first time in his life, carrying the little jade goddess in the pouch of his cheek. Like so many in the city, uprooted and powerless, he had no choice at all over his destiny. But he had to find the one who had lost her. Beijing before the 2008 Olympics. Beyond young Xiao Mei's alleyway lie huge earth-moving machines transforming the old city forever. Now her old house is to be knocked down - and the lives of four weasels (huangshulang), a little jade goddess and a vulnerable boy named Stone are inextricably bound up with the fate of the family.

The Door Opened: 1980s China

The Door Opened: 1980s China

Adrian Bradshaw

The Door Opened: 1980s China is a powerful record of the golden era of reform, when China and the rest of the world were united in their enthusiasm for better things to come. A youthful population was seizing the possibilities of personal development and experimentation. Into this febrile environment came British photojournalist Adrian Bradshaw who had travelled from London by plane, ship and train in 1984 for a course at the Beijing Languages Institute. From the first day he knew he was photographing the history of a society on the move. In his new book, he turns to his more personal images - most previously unpublished – sharing what he witnessed in the 1980s with humour and empathy. This was the time China began to visibly embrace the possibilities of reform and opening up: from the first fashion shows to the visits of Muhammad Ali and Bernardo Bertolucci; the transition from muddy rural free markets to private businesses and factories. Mr Bradshaw will share with us his personal experience of a crucial period in the story of China’s rise.

A Bond Undone: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 2

A Bond Undone: Legends of the Condor Heroes Vol. 2

Jin Yong

THE CHINESE "LORD OF THE RINGS" - NOW IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME.THE SERIES EVERY CHINESE READER HAS BEEN ENJOYING FOR DECADES - 100 MILLION COPIES SOLD.In the Jin capital of Zhongdu, Guo Jing learns the truth of his father's death and finds he is now betrothed, against his will, to two women. Neither of them is his sweetheart Lotus Huang.Torn between following his heart and fulfilling his filial duty, he journeys through the country of his parents with Lotus, encountering mysterious martial heroes and becoming drawn into the struggle for the supreme martial text, the Nine Yin Manual. But his past is catching up with him. The widow of an evil man he accidentally killed as a child has tracked him down, intent on revenge. Meanwhile, his true parentage at last revealed, Yang Kang, the young prince Guo Jing must face in the Garden of the Eight Drunken Immortals, is forced to choose his destiny. Will he continue to enjoy the life of wealth and privilege afforded to him by the invader of his homeland, or give up all he has known to avenge his parents?Translated from the Chinese by Gigi Chang


Bestselling

Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking

Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking

Paul French

Through portraits of eight White Russians, Americans, and Europeans who lived and worked in the Badlands in the 1920s and 1930s, Paul French brings the area and its era vividly to life. A small warren of narrow hutongs, the Badlands sat just inside the eastern flank of the Tartar Wall, which at that time enclosed the old Imperial City of Peking. Its habitués were a mix of the good, the bad, and the poor unfortunates, among them the fiery brothel madams Brana Shazker and Rosie Gerbert; the pimp Saxsen, who had no regard for the women he exploited; and the young prostitutes Marie and Peggy, whose dreadful working lives drove them into separate pits of madness and addiction. There was the cabaret dancer Tatiana Korovina, a White Russian girl who did not succumb to the vice of the district but instead married, had a family, and eventually left China to lead a long and happy life. There was the American Joe Knauf, who dealt violence and fear as well as drugs, and finally the enigmatic Shura Giraldi, of indeterminate sex, who was to some a charmer and to others a master criminal, but to everyone the uncrowned King of the Badlands.

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love

Per J Andersson

Pradyumna Kumar, known as PK, was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. All his life he has kept a palm leaf bearing an astrologer’s prophecy: “You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not from the district, not even from our country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox.” But not until PK attends art school in New Delhi do his stars begin to align. One evening, while drawing portraits in a park, he meets a young Swedish woman, Lotta von Schendin — and this brief meeting will change the courses of their lives forever.

Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris

Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris

Federico Castigliano

A man walks the streets of Paris, alone and without a destination. He travels long avenues of great buildings, loses himself in the crowds at the Grands Magasins. Wrapped up in a black overcoat, he wanders the city restlessly. But what is he looking for? Where is he going? This book teaches you how lose yourself in the city: it contains stories of promenades and urban adventures, stories of dandies and flâneurs… It contains information regarding characters, authors and artists who have wandered the streets of Paris. By reading these pages you will discover the secrets of flânerie, the noble art of wandering without a destination.

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.


Book Club Picks: Penguin Specials – Zhejiang Collection

With so many good reads out there, selecting a good range of titles for your book club can be daunting, so we’ve done it for you and here are our suggestions.

The Debt Collector

The Debt Collector

Wang Shou

There was one thing that Chen Sheng knew for certain - the only person who could help him was Zhang Guoliang. As his former boss, Chen Sheng would simply ask him to enter the house of a businessman who owed him money and request the full sum. It was not extortion, it was not a robbery, it was just debt-collection. At least that's what Chen Sheng told himself until he opened the Rezhou Informer the morning after his plan's execution. The front page of the paper told a different story, and there was no one else Chen Sheng could call on now.

Professor Su Jing’an in His Later Years

Professor Su Jing’an in His Later Years

Dong Jun

Professor Su Jing'an is a respected academic and a man of habit. He follows his routine to the tick of the clocks in his study and nothing can stop him from having his afternoon coffee. Nothing that is, but old age. When a young academic caretaker is sent to look after Su Jing'an, he is barely the man everyone remembers. Questioning his identity, Professor Su questions all of us - who are we, and where do we belong?

The Postman

The Postman

Bi Yu

When in 1936 a brutally tortured body of a local postman is found outside of Shanghai's St. Theresa's church, the local constable brushes off the case. Zhongliang, however, comes to find out that his father's death was no mistake. Giving up his studies, Zhongliang stumbles into a secret world where he is known as 'Catfish'. His new postman duty takes him to the streets of Shanghai where he delivers coded letters to cryptic addresses, conspires against the invading Japanese forces, falls in love, and eventually gets completely absorbed by his own sense of righteousness.

The Road Home

The Road Home

Ai Wei

Jiefang is a boy who has a peculiar fascination with gunpowder and is gifted with a nose that can find it from miles away. Trouble follows when his father paints a picture of a war hero bomber below the portrait of Chairman Mao and is quickly labelled a Counter-Revolutionary. Despite his loyal devotion to the Party, his father is taken away and Jiefang faces bullying from a clique of classmates. As the feud between them escalates, Jiefang's unexpected discovery of a bomb leads him to continue exploring his unusual affinity for gunpowder, and what it means to truly be a 'hero.'


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