River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

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Harper Collins, Sep 21, 2010 - Travel - 432 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the Kiriyama Book Prize

In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society.

Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.

 

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User Review  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

We're in a generation when we all have dozens of friends who are living and working in China, in small towns or large cities, teaching English, but there is something about Peter Hessler's book that ... Read full review

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User Review  - aront - LibraryThing

Good: Hessler does a good job of describing the character of the people he meets and the complexity of their lives. Those stories are all interesting, funny and often touching. Bad: Hessler is an ... Read full review

Contents

Maps
AUTHORS NOTE
PART I
CHAPTER ONE
THE CITY
CHAPTER TWO
RAISE THE FLAG MOUNTAIN
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER NINE
THE TEACHER
CHAPTER TEN
THE LAND
CHAPTER ELEVEN
THE RIVER
CHAPTER TWELVE
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THE WHITE CRANE RIDGE
CHAPTER FOUR
THE WU RIVER
CHAPTER FIVE
WHITE FLAT MOUNTAIN
CHAPTER SIX
PART II
CHAPTER SEVEN
THE PRIEST
CHAPTER EIGHT
THE RESTAURANT OWNER
About the author
About the book
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Read an Excerpt from Peter Hesslers Oracle Bones
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Credits
Praisefor
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Prize; Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and, most recently, Country Driving. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting, and he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011. He lives in Cairo.

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