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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane | Lisa See
A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
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TamCotzias
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"An hour spent drinking tea is the hour when the prince and the peasant share thoughts and ready themselves for the commonalities and woes of their separate lives"
#theteagirlofhummingbirdlane #tea #pu-erh

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TamCotzias
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Half way this book and I am obsessed. So good. I am also tea drinker, so I was excited to see the author put together tea sampler to accompany the book.
Weekend plans, sip pu-erh tea and finish this incredible fascinating read.

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Molly_the_mezzo
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Back on Litsy after a VERY long social media break! Just finished this book. Thought it was a beautiful exploration of culture and family.

jpmcwisemorgan Welcome back!!! 2w
Molly_the_mezzo @jpmcwisemorgan Thank you very much! 2w
Lcsmcat Welcome back! This is on my TBR, so I‘ll be eager to hear what you think of it. 2w
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Molly_the_mezzo @Lcsmcat I really liked it a lot. My favorite part about it, without giving too much away, is that it‘s a fairly modern setting (starts maybe twenty years ago, goes to the present) but because of the circumstances reads like a historical novel. 2w
SarahHarts_books Welcome back! 2w
DivineDiana Glad you‘re back and we both posted the same book today! ❤️ 2w
Molly_the_mezzo @DivineDiana Thanks! It‘s a good one! 2w
TimSpalding Thirteen months—wow. 2w
Molly_the_mezzo @TimSpalding I do not care for social media, on the whole. It flew by! 2w
jenniferajanes Welcome back! 2w
Smrloomis Good to have you back! 🥳 5d
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DivineDiana
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Lisa See never disappoints. On the TBR. #signedcopy #Chinagirl #wanderingjune

Samplergal It was good. Loved her newest book better though. 2w
DivineDiana @Samplergal 👍🏻❤️📚 2w
Bookish_B I love her too. I have this on my shelf. Will hopefully get to it sooner rather than later! 2w
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DivineDiana @Bookish_B Same here! ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen She does write historical fiction really well. Very immersive 2w
Molly_the_mezzo I just finished this. It was great. 2w
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RachelO
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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!

#wanderingjune #chinagirl

Tanisha_A Same revelation for me. I have read just one, The Joy Luck Club by Tan. That's it. 2w
JennyM Me, three 💁‍♀️ (edited) 2w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Have you read Lisa See's other book The Island of Sea Women? it's so good 💙 2w
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Cinfhen Lisa See is a great author but her books start to all feel too similar 2w
RachelO @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I haven‘t, but I‘m sure I will at some point! 2w
RachelO @Cinfhen This is the first I‘ve read so far, but I can imagine needing quite a break between them. 2w
iread2much I have to point out that Lisa See is an American of Chinese descent, and Amy Tan is Chinese American. They are both wonderful, and I highly recommend them. If you‘d like to read more Chinese authors there are many excellent books, such as Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (edited) 2w
RachelO @iread2much Thanks! I know my library has that on Overdrive, so I‘ll check it out. I do try and read books in translation, but this has flagged up a serious gap in my reading! 2w
iread2much @RachelO it can be difficult to find books that have been well translated, but it‘s a joy when they are 😄 2w
Severnmeadows The Story of the Stone (penguin classics) otherwise known as the Dream of the Red Chamber. Immensely long, marvellous. 2w
RachelO @Severnmeadows Wow! Just the 5 volumes... Thank you - sounds great! When/if I eventually finish Genji, I‘ll give (at least Vol 1) a go - I‘m trying to get over my fear of long books, but this‘ll be quite a challenge. 2w
BarbaraBB Way too late but I would definitely recommend 3d
RachelO @BarbaraBB With my reading backlog, it‘s never too late! I‘ve been meaning to read that forever. Stacked! 3d
BarbaraBB It is a great read, and afterwards you‘ll know so much more about growing up in communist China. I still often think of it. I hope you‘ll get to it one day. But for now, celebrate your birthday 😘🎈 3d
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HarrieF
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New book. Massive coffee. 🥰 let‘s try this latest charity shop find!!

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StephanieMarie
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Beautiful, beautiful day!

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TrishB
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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.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I enjoyed this too! Did you cry at the end? I bawled like a baby 😭 1mo
TrishB @Jee_HookedOnBookz just a little tear! But I was relieved as I wanted it to end like that! 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @TrishB me too! I expected it, but still, the way it was written, just got me. I love Lisa See! ☺️ 1mo
TrishB @Jee_HookedOnBookz it was my first by her, but I‘ll definitely be looking at others! 1mo
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TrishB
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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.

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting.... look forward to your review 1mo
Cinfhen Hi!!!! Any chance you want to start Evelyn Hardcastle this week?? I finished my latest book and Evelyn was winking at me 😜 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen 🙋‍♀️ I‘m about half way through current read as I have been doing geography revision cards all afternoon(mum award!!) you start and I‘ll catch up when finished this one 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Great!! And you definitely deserve mum award 🏆🥇 1mo
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Susanita
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1. No.
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.
4. Sometimes...
5. Yes! There‘s one outside a local sandwich shop.
#hellothursday #hellonewfollowers

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 👋🏻 2mo
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nu-bibliophile
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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! 👍❤
#FunkoPopandBookSwap

j9brown Aww, first one! Glad I could help you get your funko pop collection started with this swap, there's so many cute ones! Enjoy! 😁 2mo
KatieDid927 So cute! 2mo
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Samplergal
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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.

Birdsong28 Snow flower and the secret fan is the best of hers 📚📖 2mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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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.

Soubhiville I always cry at the end of her book! I loved this one! 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Soubhiville omg me too! How does she do that! She's such a brilliant writer! 2mo
nu-bibliophile That's been in my tbr wishlist forever! 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @nu-bibliophile I read & borrowed this from Libby! 😊 I just discovered it! omg it's heaven-sent! ☺️ 2mo
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Hollie
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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! 😘♥️

Soubhiville Yay! That‘s a wonderful book! 2mo
cathysaid How sweet 💕 2mo
Hollie @Soubhiville good to hear! 2mo
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Hollie @cathysaid it made my day! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It got there really quick!! I hope you don‘t already have it!! 😘🤗😘🤗 2mo
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t! Owen has claimed one of the bookmarks but I‘m definitely pumped to try them out on my new book! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie yay!!! I was scoping out your tbr list!!! 😘I‘m happy Owen liked one of the bookmarks !! (edited) 2mo
Crazeedi ❣❣❣ 2mo
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suvata
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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!

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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....

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Beccacraft
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Loved this book and didn‘t want to put it down. Learned so much along the way!

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Elma
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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

TheSpineView I just adore library sales!💙📚 5mo
Elma @TheSpineView Me too. Our local library is doing theirs this weekend and I've been looking forward to it all month. 5mo
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Currey
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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.

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RachelO
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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. 👇

RachelO At times the storytelling was lost beneath the her research - conversations explaining Akha culture and beliefs to western readers, or the experience of US-Chinese adoptees, sometimes felt a little forced, a little too much telling-not-showing. But it remained interesting throughout and I look forward to reading more by Lisa See. (edited) 6mo
Mynameisacolour Nice review! I love Lisa See. Adding this to the TBR 📚 6mo
RachelO @Mynameisacolour 😊 Thanks! What else would you recommend by her? 6mo
Mynameisacolour @RachelO I really enjoyed both Snowflower and the Secret Fan & Dreams of Joy. Her others are really good too but these are my favorites so far! 6mo
RachelO @Mynameisacolour Thank you! I‘ll look out for them. 6mo
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RachelO
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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.

#winterwonderland

Cathythoughts Beautiful sight 💙 6mo
DivineDiana Now that‘s an inspiring walk! ❤️ 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm So beautiful! 6mo
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Soubhiville I loved that book. What a gorgeous walk you have! 6mo
Cinfhen Beautiful!!! That makes for a lovely walk, indeed!!! 6mo
TrishB Beautiful 💜 6mo
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Naj
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#Adventrecommends Day 21
#BlameitonLitsy

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.

@emilyrose_x

Amiable I think I remember "Shanghai Girls" being a good read. 6mo
Naj @Amiable Thanks! Will check it out. 6mo
tpixie This was a lovely book! I went out and bought some pu-ert tea! 1mo
Naj @tpixie Yes, wonderful story and writing style. I'm not a tea drinker and even I was convinced of the greatness of tea. I had honestly never heard of that kind of tea before reading this book, did you like it? 1mo
tpixie @Naj yes I do but I really did not appreciate it being that much different than any other tea! Lol 😆 I must not have a discerning enough taste! 1mo
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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.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook

Daisey Nonfiction about 6 beverages that have played an important part in world history, including beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola (edited) 6mo
Daisey Nonfiction about the English stealing tea and methods from China to raise in India (edited) 6mo
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Daisey
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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.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook

tpixie Your baking skills are amazing!!! 🧀 🎄♥️ (edited) 6mo
kspenmoll That looks & sounds delicious! 6mo
MrBook Ooooh! 6mo
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gradcat You made that? I am sooo impressed! You need to go on one of those baking shows!! 6mo
Daisey @tpixie @kspenmoll @MrBook @gradcat Thanks everyone! This was actually fairly simple, although I changed out almost everything from the original recipe idea I started with and will make more adjustments if I choose to make it again. Bread baking is one of my favorite forms of stress relief on a weekend. 6mo
valeriegeary Cool!! 6mo
tpixie 🎉♥️🎉 6mo
Daisey @valeriegeary Thanks! 6mo
gradcat Omigod...you‘re good, changing up recipes and all...I‘m a terror in the kitchen!! 😂 6mo
Doughtah 🙌🏻🙌🏻😋 that looks delish! I tried baking once in the kitchen and i had to keep scrawling back to relisten to some stuff haha 6mo
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Kathrin
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Overall I enjoyed this book. I had to accept the superstitions as part of the culture, but it was still very stunning to me especially considering that the story wasn't placed too long ago.
@litsybookclub

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Naj
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1. Start a journal.
2. Rehearsals for a show.
3. All cookies are great! I don't discriminate.
4. Tagged book for #litsybookclub
5. @Amiable @BridgetteM

#friyayintro
@howjessreads

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tpixie
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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! 📖🎧

SheilaChew I do that too! 🤓 6mo
Naj I started this today! 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I have been doing the same thing! The story is wonderful! 6mo
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tpixie @Graciouswarriorprincess @SheilaChew I had done this once before and forgot about the feature that I can download Libby/Overdrive on the Kindle app! I finally remembered yesterday! It‘s so helpful!! (edited) 6mo
tpixie @Naj fun! I‘m not too far in, but I‘m enjoying it!! 6mo
Kathrin I started it today. 6mo
tpixie @Kathrin 👏🏻 🎉📖 6mo
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litsybookclub
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New month, new book! We hope that you will join us in reading “The tea girl of hummingbird lane” this month. Questions? Ask @Bookworm83 or @Graciouswarriorprincess .

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CathyJ
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I'm so glad that I finally read this book! Although I did find the first half a little slow and hard to get into, I'm so glad I stuck with it. 5 stars for sure!

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CathyJ
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I've had this book sitting on my tbr shelf for way too long. Looking forward to starting this one today. Oh, and of course I'm drinking tea with my read.

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MeganAnn
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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.❤️

TheReadingMermaid Nice 👍🏻 9mo
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lesmel
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Good read. Learned more about tea than I ever cared to know. #2018 #bookclub #bookworms

tpixie Lol 😂 🍵 6mo
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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....

Lauram Adding this to my TBR list. I think it‘s the only See book I haven‘t read. 9mo
Crazeedi Good book 9mo
SandraG I love Lisa See! I‘ve read them all!📚💕 9mo
overtheedge This my first by her.....shes amazing. I need to read the others now! 9mo
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Mshookquilts
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I was drawn into the life of Li-yan early in the book and watched as she suffered & grew. I found the ending satisfying.

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Jmrose
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Summer Book Swap has arrived and I was delighted! I have not read either book. And who does not need mental reminders daily. Thank you for the all the gifts!

LiteraryLona You‘re welcome!! I‘m so glad you like it all! 10mo
Abby2 I loved tea girl so much. 9mo
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Jen2
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this book!

Chrissyreadit Really like the cup! 10mo
SharonGoforth I have this mug! ☕️ 10mo
tnociti Want this mug! 10mo
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WriterReaderTrainer
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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.

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Susanita
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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

Birdsong28 If you enjoyed that you will enjoy the tagged book 10mo
Susanita @Birdsong28 That was the first of hers I read. I also enjoyed the Shanghai Girls duology. 10mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 10mo
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frenchywm
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Beautiful journey of a girl in Search of her adoptive mother. Explains the tea process and Chinese culture through its age old tea traditions.

RaimeyGallant What a fantastic title. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
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SheilaGrau
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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.

TheBookKeepers This sounds wonderful! Great review! 11mo
Wan.der.love I‘m a tea addict - thanks for sharing, hadn‘t heard of this one ☕️ 11mo
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Peaceful_Reader
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This was an excellent read about an Akha family in China, their traditions, and the daughter who changes their destiny. Lisa See does a great deal of research.

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Ajraves
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Loved it

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InnerSavvy
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Lisa See does a great job of showing life and beliefs of a minority culture in Yunnan of China, the Okha. The story spans almost 30 years of change to that village of pu"eh tea.

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underground_bks
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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!

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Peaceful_Reader
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Just started this for July book club. The twin birth really affected me.

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Sooj
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Love this well-researched historical fiction. Characters were deeply complex and captivating.

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Mehso-so

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.

Tamra Agreed 12mo
GatheringBooks @Tamra glad to see am not alone in this assessment. still quite informational tho, knowing more about the akha tribe and their customs/rituals/traditions - as harrowing as some of those are. 📚 12mo
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Book_in_hands
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#libraryhaul today, looking forward to reading these books!!!!

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Soubhiville
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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.

1001BooksPodcast My favorite backlist title by her is 12mo
Mitch She writes so beautifully doesn‘t she. Very evocative of the time and place 12mo
ladym30 Lovely photo! 12mo
Dragon I agree with @AmyG and I also liked (edited) 12mo
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