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COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler reviewed in Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Daily Tribune

Mike Revzin in The Christian Science Monitor calls it a “fascinating road trip.” The author’s hometown paper, the Columbia Daily Tribune, calls it “a terrific and passionate book: packed with adventures, highly readable and filled with humor and terrific insights about the Chinese people.” James Pressley at Bloomberg News says: “Every so often, I read a book that upends my perceptions about a place. This is one of them.“

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Jonathan Yardley calls Peter Hessler’s COUNTRY DRIVING “an absolutely terrific book” in The Washington Post

“It’s an absolutely terrific book, at once highly entertaining (his accounts of the driver’s test and of how the Chinese act on the road are often hilarious) and deeply instructive, as he paints a portrait of a country in the midst of change so widespread and profound that it can scarcely be grasped.” … “He has a highly developed taste for oddness, incongruity and just plain weirdness, all of which he describes with not a scintilla of condescension. “Country Driving”

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AMERICAN CHINATOWN by Bonnie Tsui wins 2009 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected AMERICAN CHINATOWN: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods as the winner of its 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Award. Bonnie Tsui’s site is here. Evan Osnos of The New Yorker calls AMERICAN CHINATOWN:  “A wonderfully revealing and compassionate trip into the real lives of men and women who straddle the world’s two great powers… Tsui plunges into Chinatowns that are, like China itself, reinventing themselves before our

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Dwight Garner of The New York Times reviews COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

In his review titled “Feeling at Sea on the Roads of New China,” the Times’ critic writes:  “…the reporting in “Country Driving” is impressive in its scope. This book contains dozens of characters and multiple set-pieces and subplots. Along the way Mr. Hessler delivers eloquent disquisitions on everything from how to buy a used car in China and what hospital stays are like to the history of the Mongol conquest and the pros and cons of the Great Wall as

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In “China’s Long, Strange Road Trip” Wall Street Journal reviews Peter Hessler’s COUNTRY DRIVING

…”Mr. Hessler’s genius has always been in his wry commentary and ability to transcribe the rhythms of his environment onto the page. As his various rented cars receive beatings from unpaved roads, the pace of change remains the only constant. Revisiting a town means learning new landmarks: “It occurred to me that only in China could you visit a mountain and then, two years later, find it replaced by something called the Renli Environmental Protection Co., Ltd.”.”

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WorldHum’s Frank Bures asks Peter Hessler about COUNTRY DRIVING

“You write that in China your learning curve never flattened out, because “China is the kind of country where you constantly discover something new, and revelations occur on a daily basis. One of the most important discoveries is the fact that the Chinese share this sensation. The place changes too fast … We were all out of place; nobody has today’s China figured out.” I found that interesting. As a writer, I imagine there’s some advantage in that.” “I suppose

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bookforum’s Jonathan Taylor reviews COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

…”But longtime New Yorker writer Peter Hessler has always balanced his observations of China’s peculiarities with a sense that the Western world is pretty strange, too.” … “Hessler doesn’t interpret China, rather, he lets his one-on-one experiences suggest its multitude of possibilities. The result is a book about China that the Chinese could learn from at least as much as Americans—were they were permitted to read it.”

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The Future of China: The Huffington Post’s Elizabeth Lynch Interviews Peter Hessler

“While Oracle Bones showed a China dealing with the ghosts of its past, Country Driving shows a China wrestling with the demons of its own development. If you want to understand today’s China, and the forces changing it, you need to read  Country Driving. [Elizabeth Lynch] sat down with Hessler to discuss his new book and his thoughts on China — its problems, its future, its people. How have things changed? How have the people responded? What is the impact of rule of law

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Time Magazine Heralds COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

In an article about “Big China Books:  Enough of the Big Picture,” Jeffrey Rosserstrom calls COUNTRY DRIVING (HarperCollins, February 2010) Peter’s best book yet, writing:  “I haven’t been to the places Hessler describes in Country Driving or met the people whose stories he tells with his characteristic blend of empathy, insight and self-deprecating humor. Yet I never doubt for a second that he’s writing about the richly hued and socially variegated country that I know, as opposed to one of the imaginary

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COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler reviewed in Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Daily Tribune

Mike Revzin in The Christian Science Monitor calls it a “fascinating road trip.” The author’s hometown paper, the Columbia Daily Tribune, calls it “a terrific and passionate book: packed with adventures, highly readable and filled with humor and terrific insights about the Chinese people.” James Pressley at Bloomberg News says: “Every so often, I read a book that upends my perceptions about a place. This is one of them.“

Read More »

Jonathan Yardley calls Peter Hessler’s COUNTRY DRIVING “an absolutely terrific book” in The Washington Post

“It’s an absolutely terrific book, at once highly entertaining (his accounts of the driver’s test and of how the Chinese act on the road are often hilarious) and deeply instructive, as he paints a portrait of a country in the midst of change so widespread and profound that it can scarcely be grasped.” … “He has a highly developed taste for oddness, incongruity and just plain weirdness, all of which he describes with not a scintilla of condescension. “Country Driving”

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AMERICAN CHINATOWN by Bonnie Tsui wins 2009 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected AMERICAN CHINATOWN: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods as the winner of its 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Award. Bonnie Tsui’s site is here. Evan Osnos of The New Yorker calls AMERICAN CHINATOWN:  “A wonderfully revealing and compassionate trip into the real lives of men and women who straddle the world’s two great powers… Tsui plunges into Chinatowns that are, like China itself, reinventing themselves before our

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Dwight Garner of The New York Times reviews COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

In his review titled “Feeling at Sea on the Roads of New China,” the Times’ critic writes:  “…the reporting in “Country Driving” is impressive in its scope. This book contains dozens of characters and multiple set-pieces and subplots. Along the way Mr. Hessler delivers eloquent disquisitions on everything from how to buy a used car in China and what hospital stays are like to the history of the Mongol conquest and the pros and cons of the Great Wall as

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In “China’s Long, Strange Road Trip” Wall Street Journal reviews Peter Hessler’s COUNTRY DRIVING

…”Mr. Hessler’s genius has always been in his wry commentary and ability to transcribe the rhythms of his environment onto the page. As his various rented cars receive beatings from unpaved roads, the pace of change remains the only constant. Revisiting a town means learning new landmarks: “It occurred to me that only in China could you visit a mountain and then, two years later, find it replaced by something called the Renli Environmental Protection Co., Ltd.”.”

Read More »

WorldHum’s Frank Bures asks Peter Hessler about COUNTRY DRIVING

“You write that in China your learning curve never flattened out, because “China is the kind of country where you constantly discover something new, and revelations occur on a daily basis. One of the most important discoveries is the fact that the Chinese share this sensation. The place changes too fast … We were all out of place; nobody has today’s China figured out.” I found that interesting. As a writer, I imagine there’s some advantage in that.” “I suppose

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bookforum’s Jonathan Taylor reviews COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

…”But longtime New Yorker writer Peter Hessler has always balanced his observations of China’s peculiarities with a sense that the Western world is pretty strange, too.” … “Hessler doesn’t interpret China, rather, he lets his one-on-one experiences suggest its multitude of possibilities. The result is a book about China that the Chinese could learn from at least as much as Americans—were they were permitted to read it.”

Read More »

The Future of China: The Huffington Post’s Elizabeth Lynch Interviews Peter Hessler

“While Oracle Bones showed a China dealing with the ghosts of its past, Country Driving shows a China wrestling with the demons of its own development. If you want to understand today’s China, and the forces changing it, you need to read  Country Driving. [Elizabeth Lynch] sat down with Hessler to discuss his new book and his thoughts on China — its problems, its future, its people. How have things changed? How have the people responded? What is the impact of rule of law

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Time Magazine Heralds COUNTRY DRIVING by Peter Hessler

In an article about “Big China Books:  Enough of the Big Picture,” Jeffrey Rosserstrom calls COUNTRY DRIVING (HarperCollins, February 2010) Peter’s best book yet, writing:  “I haven’t been to the places Hessler describes in Country Driving or met the people whose stories he tells with his characteristic blend of empathy, insight and self-deprecating humor. Yet I never doubt for a second that he’s writing about the richly hued and socially variegated country that I know, as opposed to one of the imaginary

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