I've got some news and a recap of this past Wednesday's RBC meeting:
2. Kerry Lonsdale's 2nd Book, Everything We Left Behind, the sequel to Everything We Keep, is coming out July 4. As I've already told you, Kerry will be our RBC author in September. You can find my review of EWK (because I know you want to read it again!) on February 12.
3. For those of you who are into ebooks, NetGalley is a good place for you to go. One of the bloggers that I follow, Nicole Hewitt, of Feed Your Fiction Addiction, has posted an article about this website. It's called What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account. You can find it on her May 20 post.
5. The RBC author for May was Margaret Zhao. She came to Recycle to discuss her memoir Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny, Courage and Comedy. Margaret has an amazing story about growing up in the early years of the Communist takeover of China. Our members all realized that we didn't learn anything about Communist China in our school years. Well now we can. RBC member and author, Ann Bridges, who has intimate knowledge of China, has given us a list of several books that we can read to educate ourselves. Here they are:
BEST: China Road by Rob Gifford. This was recommended to me by a Chinese native as the most accurate depiction by a Westerner. Gifford was stationed in China as NPR's correspondent for a few years, then took a year off and traveled what I call the equivalent of Route 66 westward. While a few years old, it chronicles the changing shape of China, and includes areas rarely understood, like the Muslim population settling along the old Silk Road.
SILICON VALLEY LINK: China Dawn by David Sheff. This chronicles the major business and cultural shift through an entrepreneur's efforts.
HEARTBREAKING REALITIES: The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu. A local writer whose husband was assigned to China for 2 years took her time to learn the culture, and gave me this book. It is filled with mini-memoirs like Margaret's that will stun you.
Ann, with input from another RBC member, Pat Patterson, also gave us links to 2 articles about current news stories in China. Take a look:
6. Finally, but not least-ly, here is an article about the two Recycle Bookstore locations. The article first appeared in the May 17 edition of Content Magazine.