Best Chinese Biographies Books

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1. The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Author: by Alison Bechdel English 240 pages 0544387651

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From the author of Fun Home, a profoundly affecting graphic memoir of Bechdel’s lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times Comics and cultural superstar Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s (“Outlandish jumpsuit!

Cantaloupe-sized guns!”) to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way.

She turns for enlightenment to Eastern philosophers and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion.

2. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Author: by Jon Krakauer Anchor English 332 pages

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National Bestseller “A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism.” PEOPLE A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt.

Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more-including Krakauer’s-in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas.

He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer’s highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber’s death.

3. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Author: by Thi Bui Harry N. Abrams English 336 pages

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National bestseller2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui.

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parentthe endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through.

4. The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China

Author: by Jonathan Kaufman English 384 pages 0735224439

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“In vivid detail…Examines the little-known history of two extraordinary dynasties.”-The Boston Globe”Not just a brilliant, well-researched, and highly readable book about China’s past, it also reveals the contingencies and ironic twists of fate in China’s modern history.”-LA Review of BooksAn epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalistThe Sassoons and the Kadoories stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than one hundred seventy-five years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; courting Chiang Kai-shek; and nearly losing everything as the Communists swept into power.

Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable history of how these families ignited an economic boom and opened China to the world, but remained blind to the country’s deep inequality and to the political turmoil on their doorsteps. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival.

5. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

Author: by Adeline Yen Mah Ember English 240 pages

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More than 800,000 copies in print! From the author of critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Falling Leaves, this is a poignant and moving true account of her childhood, growing up as an unloved daughter in 1940s China. A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In her own courageous voice, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph in the face of despair.

Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her, and life does not get any easier when her father remarries. Adeline and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled with gifts and attention.

Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for – the love and understanding of her family. Like the classic Cinderella story, this powerful memoir is a moving story of resilience and hope.

6. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Author: by Jung Chang Simon & Schuster English 538 pages

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The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness historya bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution.

Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a barefoot doctor, a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, movingand ultimately upliftingdetail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

7. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Vintage International)

Author: by Maxine Hong Kingston B004089I10 Vintage September 1, 2010

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National Book Critics Circle Award WinnerA classic, for a reason Celeste Ng via TwitterWith this bestselling book, the award-winning author created an entirely new forman exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis.

First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identitiesimmigrant, female, Chinese, American. As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother’s talk stories.

The fierce and wily women warriors of her mother’s tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Kingston’s sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own.

A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family’s past and her own present.

8. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Author: by Amy Chua Penguin Books English 256 pages

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Courageous and thought-provoking. David Brooks, The New York TimesBreathtakingly personal … [Chua’s] tale is as compelling as a good thriller. The Financial Times”[F]ascinating…. The most stimulating book on the subject of child rearing since Dr. Spock.” Seattle Post-IntelligencerChua’s memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is a quick, easy read.

It’s smart, funny, honest and a little heartbreaking … Chicago Sun-Times At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother’s journey in strict parenting. Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children’s individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence prepares them best for the future.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspires. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked-about books of our times.

9. Queen All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

Author: by Benoît Clerc English 528 pages 0762471247

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Filled with fascinating photographs (some rarely seen), and juicy behind-the-scenes details, Queen All the Songs details the unique recording history of the mega-bestselling and hugely influential rock band, album by album and track by track. A lovingly thorough dissection of every album and every song ever released by the beloved rock group, Queen All the Songsfollows Freddie, Brian, Roger, and John from their self-titled debut in 1973 through the untimely passing of Freddie, all the way up to their latest releases and the Oscar-winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

The writing and recording process of each and every track is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by author Benot Clerc, and page after page features fascinating and sometimes rarely seen images of the band. Queen All the Songs delves deep into the history and origins of the band and their music.

This one-of-a-kind book draws upon decades of research and recounts the circumstances that led to the composition of every song, as well as the recording process, and the instruments used. Featuring hundreds of photographs, including rare black-and-white publicity stills, images of instruments used by the band, and engaging shots of the musicians in-studio, Queen All the Songs is the must-have book for any true fan of classic rock.

10. Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything

Author: by Aaron James Draplin 1419720171

Harry N. Abrams English

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Esquire.Ford Motors.Burton Snowboards. The Obama Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in common: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. Draplin is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life.

Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his workposters, record covers, logosand presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the Things We Love State Posters.

Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page. With Draplin’s humor and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene, Draplin Design Co. Is the complete package for the new generation of designers.

11. The Legend of Doc Ping: One Man's Remarkable Journey from Chinese Immigrant to NFL Agent

Author: by Collin Hoeferlin B096YX7D5Y English 294 pages

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ReviewsReviewed by Jordan Raanan, ESPN reporter A fascinating look at the life of an incredible man. Who else has gone from communist China to representing players in the NFL? The journey is jaw-dropping, but it still pales in comparison to the man he has become.

A lot of lessons to be learned from these pages. Reviewed by Tom Pellisero, NFL Network host and reporterFrom a near-death experience as a boy in Bangkok to representing pro football players and putting on charity events, Doc Ping’s story is an inspiring one a reminder that anyone can make a difference in this world.

Reviewed by David Birkett, Detroit Free Press, Lions NFL reporterDoc Ping is the NFL agent’s version of Forrest Gump, a genuine man who has been connected to some remarkable events over the course of his extraordinary life. T’s a fascinating story, and one that gives the reader a glimpse into what’s made him so successful.

Reviewed by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, Texans NFL reporterThe Legend of Doc Ping is an apt description of his life’s story and provides an outstanding peek behind the curtains of both the NFL and Doc’s life.Well-done! Book SummaryAfter witnessing the beheading of his Uncle, a very young Doc Ping and his family escaped from China on foot in fear for their lives.

12. Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution

Author: by Helen Zia ISBN: 978-0345522337 Published at: Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (February 18, 2020)

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The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolutiona heartrending precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. A true page-turner … [Helen] Zia has proven once again that history is something that happens to real people.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa SeeNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY Shanghai has historically been China’s jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city.

The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction.

Seventy years later, members of the last generation to fully recall this massive exodus have revealed their stories to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia, who interviewed hundreds of exiles about their journey through one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century.

13. World Order

Author: by Henry Kissinger Penguin Books English 432 pages

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Dazzling and instructive … [a] magisterial new book. Walter Isaacson, Time”An astute analysis that illuminates many of today’s critical international issues.” Kirkus Reviews Henry Kissinger offers in World Order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder.

Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern eraadvising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decadesKissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

There has never been a true world order, Kissinger observes. For most of history, civilizations defined their own concepts of order. Each considered itself the center of the world and envisioned its distinct principles as universally relevant. China conceived of a global cultural hierarchy with the emperor at its pinnacle.

14. Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

Author: by Amy Tan Ecco English 368 pages

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FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AMY TAN, A MEMOIR ON HER LIFE AS A WRITER, HER CHILDHOOD, AND THE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FICTION AND EMOTIONAL MEMORYIn Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction.

By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer.

Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels. Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabiliathe real reason behind an IQ test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmotherand, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen.

15. On Gold Mountain

Author: by Lisa See Vintage (February 7, 2012) English 402 pages

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In 1867, Lisa See’s great-great-grandfather arrived in America, where he prescribed herbal remedies to immigrant laborers who were treated little better than slaves. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Lisa herself grew up playing in her family’s antiques store in Los Angeles’s Chinatown, listening to stories of missionaries and prostitutes, movie stars and Chinese baseball teams. With these stories and her own years of research, Lisa See chronicles the one-hundred-year-odyssey of her Chinese-American family, a history that encompasses racism, romance, secret marriages, entrepreneurial genius, and much more, as two distinctly different cultures meet in a new world.