Book Reviews

Making way for New Dominance

Frank Silva, begins his self-published 2012 work by declaring that his book isn’t intended as political work, but one that is meant to focus on history and economics. I would

Absurdities of Our new Home

Arthur Mersault’s satirical novel is an absurdist work, which unabashedly displays its influences (Kafka, in particular) like an oversized knock-off belt buckle. Mersault can seem—brazenly, at times—unsympathetic toward China. Nevertheless,

Reach for This One

For those who’ve never heard of author Lee Child or seen the movie Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, it’s time for an update! With the second installment of the Reacher

Understanding Pure Greatness

Super-journalist Malcolm Gladwell frequently tops the international bestseller lists thanks to extraordinary books like The Tipping Point and Blink. Outliers: the story of success (2008) has become another similar success,

Exposing Pains of Life Abroad

I once knew the manager of an English language training center here in China who had a hiring preference for middle-aged, white males. Her reasoning: “They looked professorial.” Trouble was,

A Gold-Plated Read

I’m Chinese, and while many can get excited about the intimate stories of the exceptionally rich, these tales seem to be quickly becoming passé. The book is all about glitz,

While We’re Here

With a cover confusingly reminiscent of Stephen King’s It, the anthology While We’re Here manages to be captivating, irritating, and a little bit dreadful, depending on which page you’re on.

Harvest Season

Undoubtedly one of the nation’s few drug novels, Harvest Season is unequivocally China’s answer to Alex Garland’s The Beach. Chris Taylor covers a lot of same ground as Garland: we

Summer Reads: Hong Kong’s Back Yard

Picking up Hong Kong’s Back Yard , it would be easy to dismiss it as just another travel book about China, but those who take a closer look will be

Summer Reads: Red Sorghum Review

In 2012, Mo Yan became the first writer from Mainland China to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The prize was considered a watershed moment in Chinese literature and it