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'Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip (P.)' by Peter Hessler ---- One of The Economist's Best Books of the Year From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in .

Galileo's Daughter: a historical memoir of science, faith and love by Dava Sobel  December 2012

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love. It is based on the surviving letters of Galileo Galilei's daughter, the nun Suor Maria Celeste and explores the relationship between Galileo and his daughter.

"People who wear an obsession with panache always win me over because their honesty speaks directly to my heart."  "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts is one of the most complex and engaging books I have had the pleasure to read.  Based on the real life of an Australian prisoner that makes his way to India, you are given a view into the Indian culture as you experience the unparalleled life experiences of Mr. Roberts, who spares nothing in the way of detail, a life of true panache!

I read this book while sailing the Mediterranean and will never forget how poetic and philosophical it was. An amazing read. My only regret is that I left it on the boat - it should live forever on my book shelf

Kids' chapter books for Black History Month. Nonfiction and fiction books.

11 Chapter Books for Black History Month

Fiction and nonfiction chapter books for Black History Month. Read year-round about the experience of African-Americans in these fascinating books for kids.

The Good Women of China by Xinran is one of the most moving books I have ever read. It is about the plight if women in undeveloped regions of China.

The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran - lyrical and moving everyday accounts of women's lives in China

Wild Swans, Jung Chang

Top 100 holiday reads

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. Beautiful story of human resilience, courage and teh vast changes bought about by Mao's rule. A story of a family over three generations.

No need to try and read it all at once...spread it out over time.  The title speaks for itself.

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life Gretchen Rubin: Books

Trave Asia books - River Town Two Years on the Yangtze

Trave Asia books - River Town Two Years on the Yangtze

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