Strange Stones

Strange Stones

Dispatches From East and West

Paperback - 2013
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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 Hessler's best reportage--a 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 Hessler's 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 China's 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 Hessler's subjects and locations vary, subtle but deeply important thematic links bind these pieces--the strength of local traditions, the surprising overlap between apparently opposing cultures, and the powerful lessons drawn from individuals who straddle different worlds.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062206237
Characteristics: xiv, 354 p. ; 21 cm.


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Aug 03, 2018

After reading "Country Driving" I couldn't wait to read this collection of similar stories based on the narrator's experiences in China, mainly. I was not disappointed. In fact, I read it again recently which is something I never, ever do but I was taking a travel writing class and wanted to see if this writing was as good as I remembered. And it was. Just delicious. And, although "Country Driving" is probably one of the best travel writing narratives written about a crazy country going through an incredible transition, this was just as fascinating. Although I have to say, the narrator has a way with China stories that will never get old. Midwestern family life? Not so much.


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