Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Adria J. Cimino in ,
China celebrated the New Year last week, putting us in the mood to keep the spirit going and celebrate with books! Whether you've been to China or not, these books will transport you to the land, its customs and its cultural heritage…

The Last Chinese Chef
by Nicole Mones

A book filled with love, friendship and food. Maggie McElroy, a widowed American food writer, travels to China following a paternity claim against her husband's estate. There, as she learns more about her husband's past and herself, she meets Sam, who introduces her to a world of cuisine that will transform her.

Secret of a Thousand Beauties
by Mingmei Yip

Set in 1930s China, the novel explores a woman's quest for independence. Spring Swallow, destined to become a "ghost bride" after her betrothed dies, escapes to a community of embroiderers. There, she encounters adventure, complicated relationships, love and danger. All as she seeks to design her own life.

Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See

1937 Shanghai. Pearl and May are living the carefree life until their father sells the young women to suitors from the United States to pay his gambling debts. The sisters set off for their new country where they will face sacrifice, heartbreak and a secret that could change their lives. Will they remain united? Will they remain the same?

The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

A classic we've read many times. A mother-daughter story that rings true regardless of cultural background. Four Chinese women immigrated to San Francisco in the 1940s as young women—and now their adult daughters face typical modern day challenges, yet remain bound to their heritage and their mothers' ancient words of wisdom, whether they like it or not. A powerful tale of love, pride and friendship.