A Thousand Pieces of Gold: Growing Up Through China's Proverbs

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Harper Collins, May 12, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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In this poignant memoir the New York Times bestselling author of Falling Leaves, Adeline Yen Mah, provides a fascinating window into the history and cultural soul of China. Combining personal reflections, rich historical insights, and proverbs handed down to her by her grandfather, Yen Mah shares the wealth of Chinese civilization with Western readers. Exploring the history behind the proverbs, she delves into the lives of the first and second emperors and the two rebel warriors who changed the course of Chinese life, adding stories from her own life to beautifully illustrate their relevance and influence today.

 

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User Review  - nandadevi - LibraryThing

The author of 'Falling Leaves', the autobiography of a young woman growing up in China, interleaves her own story (much distilled) with that of the foundation of the Ch'in and Han Empires. It is an ... Read full review

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

I got over half way through before giving up on this book. The long rambling chapters generally have little to do with the proverb they are supposed to be about. The author's favourite topics are her ... Read full review

Contents

Pronunciation Guide xv
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
Clapping with One Hand
When the Map Is Unrolled
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 11
This Young Man Is Worth Educating 143
in the Dark of Night 169
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CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18
List of Proverbs 239

CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 13
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About the author (2009)

Adeline Yen Mah is a physician and the author of Watching the Tree, Chinese Cinderella, and the international bestseller Falling Leaves. Dr. Mah is married and has two children. She divides her time between Huntington Beach, California and London, England.

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