Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West

By | June 23, 2017
Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West Author Peter Hessler
ISBN-10 0062206230
ISBN-13 9780062206237
Year 2013-05-07
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure Strange Stones is a far ranging thought provoking collection of Peter Hesslers best reportagea dazzling display of the powerful storytelling shrewd cultural insight and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work Over the last decade as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions This unusual perspective distinguishes Strange Stones which showcases Hesslers unmatched range as a storyteller Wild Flavor invites readers along on a taste test between two rat restaurants in South China One story profiles Yao Ming basketball star and Chinas most beloved export another David Spindler an obsessive and passionate historian of the Great Wall In Dr Don Hessler writes movingly about a small town pharmacist and his relationship with the people he serves While Hesslers subjects and locations vary subtle but deeply important thematic links bind these piecesthe strength of local traditions the surprising overlap between apparently opposing cultures and the powerful lessons drawn from individuals who straddle different worlds

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