We are kind of struggling with a way to make this appeal to a wider audience – although those of us who come and chat about the books we have read really enjoy it.  So if you have suggestions, please send them along.  We’ll be thinking about whether there is a way to continue this for another season.

Books discussed yesterday

Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong – is kind of a semi-autobiiographical fiction.  Set in the 60 and 70s during the cultural revolution, it’s the story of a man send to be a herder among the Mongols.  Lots about the history, lots about wolves, and lots about the culture that is threatened.  Highly recommended.

The Masuda Affair: an Akitada novel by I. J. Parker a series set in medieval Japan – again recommended

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide – not yet read but recommended by a friend.  Was the winner of Japan’s Kiama Shohei Literary Award.

The Last Days of Old Beijing by Michael Meyer, a travel writer who lived in Beijing – was in the Peace Corp in China in 1995 and spoke Chinese and lived in a court yard house in Beijing among Chinese natives.  Lots of interesting history, information about preservation in China – highly recommended.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (also the author of People in the Trees) – set on a remote Micronesian island.  A long book but worth the effort about 4 college friends – theme of love and friendship.  Highly recommended.

Also recommended:

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff, In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vadey Ratner, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in Mumbai by Katherine Boo, The Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard, The Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin and The Buried Giant by Kazoo Ishiguro and Everything I Never Told You  by Celeste Ng.

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