Back on Litsy after a VERY long social media break! Just finished this book. Thought it was a beautiful exploration of culture and family.
This morning‘s revelation is that I need to read more Chinese fiction! Looking forward to seeing what people recommend.
In the meantime, I enjoyed this story of Li-yan, a girl from the Akha hill tribe, her daughter, and tea, set in China and America. Focused on the women in her family, it‘s quite research-heavy- I felt the author wanted to tell us Everything she‘s learned- but still a fascinating read!
I really enjoyed this and learned a lot about the culture of this particular part of China. A good reflection on the pace of change and the challenges and clashes of different cultures.
Some bus reading on the way to meet my sisters for lunch
Oh god that birthing scene 😱😱 won‘t be getting that out of my head for a while.
2. I‘d love to know what happens after the end of the tagged book, but (so far) the author has said it‘s not going to happen.
3. I have a daily task at work searching news sites online, so I read a lot there. Also a subscription to Real Simple magazine.
5. Yes! There‘s one outside a local sandwich shop.
Thank you so much @j9brown This book has been in my tbr wishlist for awhile and I'm glad I can finally read it. I opened the jar of the honey cocoa lavender and it smelled wonderful, I can't wait to taste it. The funko pop Winnie the Pooh is perfect (my daughter and I love anything Pooh Bear) and I'm so happy to have this as my very first funko pop.
Thank you @kstadt929 for organizing this swap! 👍❤
This is a lovely book I picked up because I had just finished The Island of Sea Women, by the same author. I much preferred The Island of Sea Women to this one, but likely because it was such new information. Equally well written and researched, the characters were so vibrant.
This is such a beautifully written book with many heartbreaks in between. Even though I knew what was to be expected at the end and told myself not let Lisa See get me all teary again, that was exactly what happened. I bawled at the end. Like a baby.
My favorite quote from the book? No coincidence, no story.
Another must-read, especially if you're a Lisa See fan!
Full review on my blog.
My sweetest friend Misty @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks surprised me with this pretty book and some awesome magnetic bookmarks! I love coming home to #bookmail ♥️. Thank you so much, Misty! You‘re the best! 😘♥️
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane centers around the life Li-yan, a member of the Akha hill tribe in China who who live off the land and grow prized tea leaves. The Akha are a traditional tribe and believe in the old ways of, strict community rules mixed with superstitions. They are very poor until one brave girl, Li-yam, breaks out of the cycle by getting educated and becomes an expert on teas and their unique properties. 4.5-stars!
A double stranded narrative about a young Akha woman (a Chinese minority) whose tribe are traditional tea growers makes the hard decision to give her newborn daughter up for adoption and a young Chinese girl halfway across the world growing to adulthood. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/01/review-tea-girl-of-hummingbird-lane-by....
On the weekend, we went to a library book sale that we'd never been to and scored these books. The top two are for a friend, as we already own them. #bookhaul
The plot of this story allowed me to learn a great deal about tea but more importantly about the culture of ethnic minorities in China and about the wave of adopted daughters that came from China to American during China‘s one child policy. The characters are complex and well drawn and the ending is satisfyingly predictable.
Li-Yan (Girl) grows up in a traditional Akha village, in the hill-tribes of northern China. Her mother is the village midwife and healer, and it‘s expected that she‘ll follow her path. But the world is changing, rapidly and dramatically, and the lives of Li-Yan and her daughter will be very different.
I enjoyed this, and found it quite fascinating. 👇
Strangely, #ICanSeeTheSunInLateDecember so made the most of it and went for a bit of an audiowalk this morning. I‘ve been listening to Tea Girl for about a month, so this was in my ears. I‘m finding it interesting-good, rather than fall-head-over-heels-in-love-with-it-good. Hopefully I‘ll get to the end before New Year.
#Adventrecommends Day 21
I wouldn't have picked this up had it not been a #litsybookclub pick. Everything about this book is perfect – the writing, the characters, the setting. I loved it! I want to read everything Lisa See has ever written. Please leave suggestions if you like any other book by her or can think of books similar to this one.
I listened to the audiobook and rushed it a bit for a book club discussion, but I enjoyed this story and the description of a culture about which I knew nothing. I really appreciated the characters‘ stories.
It also made me think a lot about the nonfiction books I‘ve listened to that included historical information about tea.
Today‘s #audiobaking included this book and a cheesy garlic herb Christmas tree for tonight‘s holiday get together. I‘m enjoying the story and really appreciating the exploration of the culture. I‘m just over half way, but I think I‘ll have to participate in discussion tomorrow without quite finishing it.
Starting my @litsybookclub book for December. I downloaded the Audible book, and was also able to get the e-book from my library. I love that I can download the e-book to my Kindle app and switch back-and-forth from audio to visual! 📖🎧
Finished book 2 at about 12 hours for #24B4Monday. Lisa See never fails to create a story that is emotional with strong, real and nuanced characters. This is no exception. Li-yan eventually finds her strength and happiness despite her past regrets, but never stops longing for the daughter she gave up. She brings to life the Akha people and the Pu‘er tea that shapes their world. Unforgettable and perhaps one of my favorite of See‘s novels so far.❤️
I'm a little over halfway .....wonderful story so beautifully written.
Li-Yan (called "Girl" by her mother) had so much to look forward to. Life doesn't always ends up as we hope or dream.
I cant put this down....
Enjoyed the strong interpersonal workings in this story and the detailed writing provided plenty of visual images of important scenery. Cultural elements of a true rural group of people in China were surprising, but true, so this book increased my awareness of interesting belief systems that most would describe as archaic and in direct opposition to nature. I want to learn more about Asian culture, so I'll be reading more from this author.
I read this a few weeks ago for the upcoming #bookclub meeting at the end of this month. It‘s at times heart-wrenching and other times heartwarming, and overall I enjoyed it a lot. I also learned a lot about tea! Most of it takes place in #China with some in the US and a little bit in Thailand. #Augustisatrip
Beautiful journey of a girl in Search of her adoptive mother. Explains the tea process and Chinese culture through its age old tea traditions.
I‘m a coffee drinker. Maybe not anymore after reading this book. I felt transported to a different world, even though the book takes place in my lifetime. The descriptions of tea tasting, and the history of the trees and the people who tend them were fascinating. The story was incredible too. 5 stars.
This is one of the gifts of being in a book club—or two of the gifts! One is reading something you had passed by and finding yourself totally absorbed in it! And two is on-theme tea from a fellow member! I really enjoyed learning about China, the Akha people, Chinese-American adoption, and Puer tea. With a heartwarming and compelling narrative and so many interesting worlds of information, this should make for a great book club discussion!
While I liked the rags to riches part of the narrative, I found the ending too incredible, although arguably still possible. A case of the research overwhelming the prose that the affect remained flat and uninvolved, with spurts of narrative highs. Lisa See‘s research is extensive and commendable, yet the human element that will bring the narrative to a more complex layer that was nuanced and truthful just wasn‘t there for me.
I loved this story!!!
Lisa See writes beautifully. From tea growing rural China to a thriving tea market to California, the main character‘s life is one full of changes and challenges. I love the glimpses of ancient belief systems, and I love watching the evolution of one girl‘s thoughts as she is exposed to more modern lifestyles.
I‘m looking for this author‘s backlist, I‘m a fan.