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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China | Jung Chang
Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular bestseller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.
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tricours
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What a masterpiece! (And I need to read more about China.)

BarbaraBB This book learned me so much about Chinese history! If you really want to know more, I can recommend 5mo
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Cinfhen Perfect!!! Read this for bookclub years ago!!! So informative. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been meaning to read this 😬 6mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen it was a while ago since I read this, too. It‘s really good. I have a friend who has re-read so many times! 6mo
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BarbaraBB Me too, I learned so much from this book. 6mo
LeeRHarry This is one of those books I distinctly remember where and when I read it and it was 20 years ago 😳 great read and pick 😊 6mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry @BarbaraBB I think it‘s one of those books you don‘t forget ❣️ 6mo
BooknerdsLife Wow! I still have this book on my bookshelf! 😱 its been so long! 6mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Lizpixie 👍❤️ 9mo
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ShookBelf
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Worth every millisecond of the 27 hour, 15 minute audiobook. I have so much love for this book, and so much admiration for the three women whom the story revolves around. It's extremely hard to read (or listen to!) in places, as the hardship, abuse and torture experienced is just diabolical and it's hard to believe that this is not fiction but actual fact.
A definite 5🌟
#52in52-2019 #multigenerationalsaga #popsugar2019 #asianauthor #LitsyAtoZ #C

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violabrain
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A huge thank you to Litsy introducing me to this book! It is Jung Chang‘s memoir of her life, her mother‘s life, and her grandmother‘s life in China. I learned so much about Communist China that I never knew before. I was also struck by the similarities between Mao and Donald Trump… Fantastic read!

RachelAmphlett I read that for the first time about 20 years ago and still remember it vividly. Glad you enjoyed it 12mo
violabrain @RachelAmphlett I have a feeling it will stay with me for a very long time, too. I had never even heard of it before I saw somebody post about it on here a couple months back. 12mo
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violabrain
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Sounds like modern-day Republicans in the US…

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sprainedbrain
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Nonfiction is not usually my thing, but I absolutely loved this sweeping story of three generations of women in 20th century China. It‘s fascinating and reads like a great novel - but this all happened to these women. Really excellent.

#AugustIsATrip #China

Caroline2 I loved this book too! 😍 1y
Laura317 I really liked it too. 1y
RaimeyGallant I loved it as well. 1y
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Weaponxgirl
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I don't read a lot of ya for #yawednesday but when talking about diversity for younger readers I think this would be an amazing option. I hated history at school, mainly because they teach you stuff that can easily be tested so lots of battles and bleugh.
This though is a amazing book to teach you about some Chinese history in a personal way spanning three generations. It's huge but doesn't read like its a large book. @TheFunkyBookworm

TheFunkyBookworm I really enjoy reading about Chinese history so I love this! Thank you for participating 🎉💜 1y
Weaponxgirl @TheFunkyBookworm it's an amazing book so I hope you enjoy it 😀 thank you for inviting me! 1y
arubabookwoman When I read Wild Swans (as an adult) I felt like I had a little bit of an understanding of Chinese history I never had before. For example, I‘d heard the term “Cultural Revolution” for years, and this book brought home that it really wasn‘t a good thing. 1y
Weaponxgirl @arubabookwoman I read this book in my early 20s and your right it really bought to light exactly what happened with the cultural revolution. 1y
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posierope
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This was a joy to read - a literary telling of historical truth by the daughter (and grand-daughter) of the women who lived through it. Absolutely mesmerising and offers a rare insight into the secrets of Communist China.

Horrifying and astounding and thoughtful all rolled into one. I loved it.

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LapReader
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1. Pushing my nephew Ted on his swing at his farm. The flies are so bad he has to wear a screen. He never tries to take it off. 2. No! The only show I watch is Gardening Australia. 3. I loved The Dry by Jane Harper because it kept me entertained on the long bus trip home to visit this gorgeous boy. I read it in a weekend. 4. I have enough book marks and totes. I am also a page folder! 5. The tagged book from St. Paul‘s Thrift shop Stockton.

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Mindyrecycles
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I didn't really know what the cultural revolution was or meant until I listened to this wonderful memoir. #numberintitle @maich #aprilbookishmadness

RaimeyGallant Loved this book. 2y
Minervasbutler Really good 2y
sprainedbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 2y
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AudreyMorris
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Chang‘s memoir/biography of her life in Mao‘s China, as well as her mother‘s and Grandmother‘s, both before and during Mao‘s control. Depressing, infuriating, and frustrating—these women (especially her grandmother and mother) went through a lot during these years. As did others all over China, and many starved or were killed. Unbelievable bad policy and cruelty as people tried to survive. #1001books #reading1001

Zelma This one has been sitting on my shelves for ages. One of these days I will get to it. 2y
BarbaraBB This was such an impressive book. Glad you liked it too! 2y
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AudreyMorris
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Trying to finish my last March group read. I was doing great til about page 275. I swear the writing changed, but maybe it‘s just me. 150 pages to go, aiming for25 a day. #1001books #reading1001 #goingtofinish

Leniverse I checked this out of the library but haven't even started it. 😩 I just can't keep up with the Reading 1001 challenges. 2y
AudreyMorris @Leniverse the last few have been misses for me. I need to read something quick and unputdownable. Both April botms I have already read, so I will be going for current fiction! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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An incredible book—if you are like me and haven‘t read much about life in communist China in the 20th century, this is an excellent place to start. The story of three generations of women and everything their families endured through war and then Mao Zedong, it‘s depressing and horrifying, but the resilience and heart of these women are uplifting.

This book should be required reading for anyone living in a free country.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

EricaReads It‘s banned here in China of course 😡 2y
sprainedbrain @EricaReads Yes, she actually talks about that at the end of the book. 😞 2y
BarbaraBB This book learned me so much about China under Mao. Great, sad read. In my opinion betten than 2y
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Q84 Oh I just unpack this book today! I so need to read it but I already have several going and a stack on my nightstand waiting 2y
sprainedbrain @Q84 I know how that is! 😃 2y
Jaimelire Such a great book 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Loooooong road trip since we made a last minute decision to go to the hockey game. 3.5 hours each way means I will probably finish this book in the wee hours...

Let‘s go Blues! 🏒💙

LibrarianJen My husband is a Blues fan 😃 2y
rustoryhuf That landscape totally looks like Iowa. Oh wait, it is Iowa! I‘d recognized that flat land anywhere. 2y
CarolynM My husband is a Blues fan too, maybe the only one in Australia! 2y
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sprainedbrain @rustoryhuf that was actually a little hill. 😂😂😂 2y
mabell Welcome to town 😁👍 Our family lives in Quincy, so we see 61 *very* often. 2y
sprainedbrain @mabell between Blues games and Cardinals games, we see lots of it, too. 😂 2y
mabell @sprainedbrain True fans! 👍😂 2y
rustoryhuf @sprainedbrain Or, a mountain in Iowa terms. 2y
sprainedbrain @rustoryhuf yes! 😂😂😂 2y
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sprainedbrain
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New audiobook! This is one of our selections for Women‘s History Month for the #1001books group. It‘s really fascinating so far.

LeahBergen This is a great read. 👍🏻 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved this book when I first read it many years ago. 2y
RaimeyGallant Loved this book. 2y
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MinnieDaMoocher
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BookaholicNatty
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I picked this up at the thrift store today for 50 cents!!! It is one of the books on the list 1001 books you should read before you die that I really have wanted to read. Man is it a chunckster tho!!! For those of you who have read it what were your thoughts?

HKGirl Oohh, nice cover! I haven't read it yet but it's been on my to-read list for forever, and I even own a copy (different cover though, sadly). 2y
Jules7 Loooove thrift store finds!!! 2y
LeeRHarry I read it over twenty years ago and I remember where - maybe that says it all? 😊 2y
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BookaholicNatty @LeeRHarry yes that does speak volumes!!!!!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just found the sweet card inside the book you sent me! I had surgery on Monday and was a little out of it! My daughter helped me open it that day and somehow I missed it! Thank you so much! You are such a sweetheart 💗💞 @BookaholicNatty 2y
Jaimelire I loved this book. My husband and mom also read it and liked it too. 2y
ARoseByAnyOtherName I loved it. Couldn't put it down 2y
Ottergirl I started it many years ago and got about 3/4 of the way through it and put it down. It was accidental but I can‘t bring myself to pick it up again because it‘s SO long. I was enjoying it and wish I‘d finished 😕 2y
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AudreyMorris
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A week into March and I am just now starting 1 of 4 group reads for the month! #1001books #reading1001

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KellyHunsakerReads
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Reading this one for the Diversity Challenge in the #Reading1001 group at Goodreads. #audiobook #AsianLit #1001books

ShookBelf Heard great things about this one so it's on my TBR list. Would be good to know your opinion once you've read it. 2y
KellyHunsakerReads @ShookBelf I recommend it highly! It reads quickly. Educated. Intrigues. I listened and am glad I did! 2y
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AudreyMorris
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Picked up my #Reading1001 March group reads today! There will be one more, but I won‘t know what it is until the first. And I have to finish Blonde this month! #1001books

BookwormM Wild Swans is a great book 2y
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Centique
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#tuneintonovember #historystickstoyourfeet

An oldie but a goodie. Wild Swans tells the story of three generations of Chinese women - from a concubine with bound feet, to a member of the Communist party, to a Red Guard who is sent to live as a peasant in the Cultural Revolution. Each generation is affected by the one before and their #historystickstotheirfeet

This is a classic of bio/memoir writing. And a page turner!

Robothugs This sounds good! 2y
Oryx Fantastic book. I learned so much from it, and at the same time, as you say, a real page turner 2y
Cinfhen Read this for bookclub ages ago ....and I LOVED it 💕💕💕🙌🏻woohoo, we‘re on a roll 2y
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Centique Yay! @Cinfhen 💕 2y
Centique @Robothugs your new pic is super cute by the way!😍 2y
Robothugs Thank you!! ☺️ 2y
Jeg Read this an age ago. Remember that I loved it. Great picture. 2y
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MayJasper
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LeahBergen Wild Swans is so good. 2y
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JustaStudentNurse
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This book is beautiful, the stories of a grandmother, mother and daughters lives and struggles in communist china. The author draws you into her family, you'll laugh, cry and feel exhausted as she did. My sister recommended this book to me, and I recommend it to whoever reads this.

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KTW
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Following three generations of women through their journeys and experiences in Communist China, it was a fascinating read. I really enjoyed the writing and thoughtful way she wrapped history and real life experiences. Would recommend!

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Pammyritch
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A generational history of three women of China, grandmother, mother and daughter. Fantastic book. Wonderful read.

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Book_Gnome
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Opening line: "At the age of fifteen my grandmother became the concubine of a warlord general, the police chief of a tenuous national government of China." #wildswans #threedaughtersofchina #jungchang #bookcover #firstline #bookgnome #bookish #book

Jaimelire This is a great book. ❤️ 3y
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LeahBergen
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A book that blew my doors off and taught me about China's history in the last century is Wild Swans by Jung Chang. The author chronicles her family history from her grandmother's life as a concubine to her own struggles during the Cultural Revolution. It's heartfelt and moving - and still banned in China.

LeeRHarry Good choice!! 3y
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RaimeyGallant
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My #10books: I've read and enjoyed 9 of these true stories. Which one is the lie? 1. The Glass Castle 2. Bossypants 3. The Killing of Karen Silkwood 4. Cleopatra, A Life. 5. Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 6. Infidel 7. The Paris Wife 8. Brain on Fire 9. Long Walk to Freedom 10. Wild Swans

SoniaC I'm guessing Wild! 3y
Cinfhen Fun...I'm guessing 3y
RaimeyGallant @SoniaC Dang! You're good. What gave me away? 3y
RaimeyGallant @Cinfhen Actually, it's Wild. I can never read a book after I've seen the film. :) 3y
SoniaC @RaimeyGallant it was a total guess!! 3y
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queerbookreader
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So glad I found this book at the thrift store last week! Real life story of a family of women in China over three generations. 🔥 #haveagoodnight

LeahBergen This one is GREAT. 👍🏼 3y
AceOnRoam Loved this book! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great book! I loved his one too, so good!! 3y
saresmoore Want! 3y
rubyslippersreads I love this book! It's sometimes offered as a Kindle deal. 3y
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queerbookreader
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One more time, happy #worldbookday to all my daring Littens 💜 Here's a photo of a #bookhaul from a few weeks back that I'm sharing now because I'm currently taking apart my shelves to fit these and other new books in and my room is a disaster area right now. Just wanted to move around a few books to fit my new ones in, have ended up overhauling an entire shelf 🙃 #thebookishlife #thebookishstruggle

Rachel.Rencher I feel your pain! I started stacking hardbacks on their side and using those stacks as bookends for regular stacks. 😂👌 3y
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Oryx
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Was amassing my bird-related books for #whendovescry but realised this was perfect on its own. Incredible book #lyricalapril @Cinfhen

LeahBergen I loved this one! 3y
Cinfhen Ooh, this is a good one! Our book club read it a few years ago....I remember tears!!! 3y
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BookwormM
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This is a difficult but important book to read, difficult because of the descriptions of torture, the treatment of ordinary people and the use of accusations to get back at old enemies. Important because these descriptions are true people actually lived through this and the outside world had little idea what was going on.

Mao's China reminds me of the world in Orwell's 1984 and modern day North Korea a really scary place to live.

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BookwormM
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Having just finished this amazing book I can appreciate why the Chinese government have banned it because seriously what were they thinking all those years?

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This reminds me of The Story of the Stone all the poetry and riddles.

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DivineDiana
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From my TBR stack. #orangecover

Laura317 This is such a good book! 3y
DivineDiana @Laura317 Thank you for letting me know! I do enjoy books about China. 3y
rubyslippersreads Love this book! 3y
DivineDiana @rubyslippersreads Thank you for your comment. Looking forward to reading it! 3y
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Lakesidemusing
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Wilkie Wild Swans is amazing! 3y
Reviewsbylola I want to read Negroland. 3y
Foxyfictionista I really enjoyed Wild Swans. 3y
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Lakesidemusing @Wilkie @Foxyfictionista Glad to hear it! I'm thinking about getting the audio, too, and making it a read/listen combo. 3y
Lakesidemusing @Reviewsbylola Negroland was an impulse grab at the library. It was on my wish list and suddenly there on the shelf in front of me!😉 3y
Megabooks Negroland is incredible! Enjoy! 3y
the_hibernator Loved Wild Swans 3y
Cobscook Excellent stack! 3y
Lakesidemusing @Cobscook thanks!😊 3y
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MMenefee
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The women in Jung Chang's memoir are as great at parenting as they could be in spite of a society that seemed to work against them. Yu-fang made many sacrifices and lied to keep her daughter with her. Bao Qin eventually put family before the Communist Party, knowing of the potential danger. #octphotochallenge

the_hibernator This was an amazing book 3y
Eyglo Such an important book! I spent some time i China 10 years ago and this book + Xinran's The Good Women of China were the most powerful I read. 3y
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MinnieDaMoocher
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bookishnerd Love all the covers! 3y
MinnieDaMoocher @Bookishnerd they're beautiful aren't the they. 3y
bookishnerd Wild Swans is an Amazon deal this month. Would you recommend? 3y
MinnieDaMoocher @bookishnerd Absolutely, it's incredibly moving. 3y
LeahBergen The only one I DON'T have is Becoming Madame Mao! 😂😂 Great pic. 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I've recommended this book on Litsy before, it's on sale today on Amazon Kindle.

RanaElizabeth That's a great price for a great book! 3y
Simona Not in "my" Amazon ? 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona What! That's just wrong! 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona I wonder if I bought it 'as a gift' and sent it to your email if it would work....hmmmm. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona Are you on Goodreads? 3y
Laura317 Really good book! 3y
denise So good! 3y
Centique I love this book so much! Hope a lot of new readers find it at such a great price. 3y
Martta That is such a good book! It's also very informative since it's based on real life. 3y
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is a very generous gesture, thank you❣️I did a little research on Google and found a couple of useful tips(☺️) so I bought this book too👍🙌🙏 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona Good for you! I'm so glad you found a way around that would work. That's great! I was going to suggest gifting it to and you could just gift me back something else that looked good when it went on sale in your area. So glad it worked out though! Hopefully after all that you find it a good read. 😉 3y
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa If you ever come across a book not available in your area, please let me know. I will be more than glad to send you.👍😁 I really appreciate the gesture, as it was yours❣️ 3y
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Foxyfictionista
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These were the books I read/finished in September. Wild Swans and 11.22.63 were quite beefy so they took a bit longer to read than the other ones. They were all really good except Sharp Objects which I didn't really like.

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Book_Gnome
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Opening line:
"At the age of fifteen my grandmother became the concubine of a warlord general, the police chief of a tenuous national government of China." #dumbledwarf #bookgnome #jungchang #wildswans

LeahBergen Loved this book! (and I see The Heaven Tree on your shelf ❤️) 3y
Book_Gnome @LeahBergen good golly you have some crackin eyesight! 😂👀😂 3y
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Martta
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Before this book I hadn't read that much about China's history. It was an eye opening book in that sence and I think I'll continue on this path and read more books like this. I loved the Wild swans and recommend it to anyone who is interested in history or human rights. There is a lot of those in this book. This book is based on true life so at the same time it's interesting and awful. The story will stay with you long after the reading is done.

MrBook Nice review! 3y
izah.ahmad If you are interested in reading Chinese's culture, I would recommend you this book. This book will expose you their social life during the 19th century (foot-binding, match-making, social class concept). Might be dull at first few chapters, but in my opinion, things went completely good in the end 3y
Martta @izah.ahmad Thanks that sounds very interesting! I'll add it to my to-read list. 3y
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lucymuse
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i learnt so much about twentieth century #China #communism and the lives of women - super infomative but i found the prose a bit difficult

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Jojomct
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When your pastry matches your new read 💚 can't wait to immerse myself in this book! Happy Friday bookworms 📖🐛 #china #women #culture #history #books

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BookHermit
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Wild Swans was absolutely my favourite book of 2002. Read most of it on a train to Kunming, China and was enthralled. Maybe should have looked up once in a while to take in the landscape 😳#booksetinasia #septphotochallenge #somethingforsept @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading The Aquariums of Pyongyang sounds interesting! 3y
BookHermit @RealLifeReading It's a difficult read, heartbreaking but very interesting. 3y
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BookHermit

Wild Swans was absolutely favourite book of 2002. Read most of it on a train to Kunming, China and was enthralled. Maybe should have looked up once in a while to take in the landscape 😳#booksetinasia #somethingforsept @RealLifeReading

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MMenefee

The dishes had exotic names ... "tiger fights the dragon," "imperial concubine chicken," "hot saucy duck," "suckling golden cock crows to the dawn."

LeahBergen They all sound a bit like Kama Sutra positions. 😂 3y
readinginthedark Imperial Concubine Chicken! 😂 3y
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These two are adorable and made for one another.

At this point in the memoir, the Communists sound really nice relative to the Kuomintang, Russians, and Japanese.

SusanInTiburon Such a good book! 3y
MMenefee @SusanInTiburon It is! I was bummed when the focus began pulling away from the grandmother 'cause I found her fascinating, but I love the mother's story so far. 3y
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