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The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

by Geremie R. Barme | Mary Beard

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A compact, elegant volume in Harvard's excellent Wonders of the World series, this pocket history illuminates the culture, mystique, architecture and politics of imperial Beijing. Fittingly, the book opens with Mao's symbolic address from the Gate of Heavenly Peace. (CHN468, $16.00)

The Last Days of Old Beijing, Tales from the New City

The Last Days of Old Beijing, Tales from the New City

by Michael Meyer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Meyer's lovely memoir of the hutong (ancient lane) where he taught school captures the rhythms, traditions and spirit of Beijing's traditional neighborhoods south of Tiananmen. (CHN493, $18.00)

Lonely Planet Beijing

Lonely Planet Beijing

by Damian Harper

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This practical guide to Beijing features maps, an overview of culture, history and nature, and a good deal of nuts-and-bolts information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. There's even a section on the locally spoken dialect of Mandarin. (CHN47, $22.99)

Beijing Map

Beijing Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

This laminated, folded map of Beijing, with a blowup of the city center at a scale of 1:24,000, notes 2008 Olympic venues. With detailed inset maps of the Beijing Metro, top sights, key attractions, an index and Chinese characters for key place names. (CHN199, $9.95)

 
Beijing Guidemap

Beijing Guidemap


by MapEasy

  • 2006
  • MAP

This handy colorful double-sided map shows Central Beigin along with The Forbidden City, Tiannamen Square, the Summer Palace, Greater and out-of-town Beijing. (CHN530, $6.95)

Beijing Day by Day

Beijing Day by Day


by Jen Lin-liu

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map of the city center. (CHN510, $13.99)

Eyewitness Top 10 Beijing

Eyewitness Top 10 Beijing


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Beijing. (CHN427, $14.00)

National Geographic Beijing & Shanghai

National Geographic Beijing & Shanghai


by Paul Mooney

  • REFERENCE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This guide to Beijing and Shanghai, published in National Geographic's attractive visual style, features hundreds of photographs, full color maps, and good information on history, art, culture and travel. (CHN486, $25.95)

Odyssey Guide Beijing Walks, Exploring the Heritage

Odyssey Guide Beijing Walks, Exploring the Heritage


by Don J. Cohn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An illustrated, literate guide to scenic and historical walks throughout Beijing, much enhanced by color photography and maps. Compact, but includes background on culture and natural history. (CHN369, $24.95)

Visiting Historic Beijing, A Guide to Sites & Resources

Visiting Historic Beijing, A Guide to Sites & Resources


by Robert L. Thorp

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES

Thorp weaves essays on culture and history with site plans and description in this excellent, in-depth guide to exploring the temples, tombs, gardens, palaces, ancient archaeological sites and noteworthy architecture of Beijing and environs. (CHN521, $24.95)

Wallpaper City Guide  Beijing

Wallpaper City Guide Beijing


by Wallpaper Magazine

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (CHN777, $9.95)

Beijing Welcomes You

Beijing Welcomes You


by Tom Scocca

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Visitors to China today are drawn not just to its ancient temples and dramatic mountainscapes, but also to the spectacle of its immense cities, the engines of its famous economic rise. Tom Scocca's memoir of urban transformation in Beijing covers the social and economic background of the boom -- a personal reflection on a city where everything -- even the weather -- can be redesigned. (CHN712, $16.00)

Beijing, Contemporary and Imperial

Beijing, Contemporary and Imperial


by Lois Conner

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 156 PAGES

Taken over a 30-year period, internationally-celebrated photographer Lois Conner's black-and-white panoramas explore Beijing's dramatic transformation from an ancient dynastic city to a modern capital of concrete and steel. (CHN755, $50.00)

The Great Wall, China Against the World, 1000 BC - 2000 AD

The Great Wall, China Against the World, 1000 BC - 2000 AD


by Julia Lovell

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 412 PAGES

The Who, Why and Wherefore of the Great Wall, this marvelous history demolishes myths (no, the wall is not a continuous structure of great antiquity, as much of it was built in the 1600s) with fresh insight and wit. (CHN308, $15.00)

The People's Republic of Amnesia, The Legacy of Tiananmen Square

The People's Republic of Amnesia, The Legacy of Tiananmen Square


by Louisa Lim

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

NPR China correspondent Lim evaluates the impact of the Tiananmen Square Massacre through the interwoven stories of eight individuals involved in and shaped by the events of June 4th, 1989. (CHN758, $24.95)

The City of Heavenly Tranquility, Peking in the History of China


by Jasper Becker

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A British journalist, Jasper mourns the jumble of courtyard houses, tangle of alleyways, carefully tended ginkgo and pomegranate trees, gardens and canals swept away in the zeal to reinvent Beijing for the 21st century in this rich elegy. (CHN407, $35.00)

A Comrade Lost and Found, A Beijing Story

A Comrade Lost and Found, A Beijing Story


by Jan Wong

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES
  • NEW

Jan Wong (Red China Blues) returns to Beijing, with her husband and reluctant teenage sons in tow, on a mission to find a classmate she wronged decades ago at Beijing University. (CHN547, $14.95)

Beijing Time

Beijing Time


by Michael Dutton

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Dutton's exuberant scholarly analysis of the people, neighborhoods, monuments and transformation of contemporary Beijing includes his charming black-and-white photographs. (CHN467, $19.50)

Dreaming in Chinese, Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

Dreaming in Chinese, Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language


by Deborah Fallows

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A linguist, living in Shanghai and Beijing with her journalist-husband James (Postcards from Tomorrow Square) the exuberant Deborah Fallows illuminates the Chinese worldview through language in playful, anecdotal essays, documenting her own missteps and growing understanding with self-deprecating humor. (CHN648, $14.00)

Foreign Babes in Beijing, Behind the Scenes of a New China

Foreign Babes in Beijing, Behind the Scenes of a New China


by Rachel DeWoskin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

DeWoskin entertainingly illuminates Chinese versus Western perceptions in this enlightening memoir of her experiences in Beijing (where she landed a role in a soap opera of the title). (CHN478, $21.95)

Old Madam Yin, A Memoir of Peking Life


by Ida Pruitt

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1981
  • PAPER

The growing friendship between an upper-class Chinese woman and a bilingual American health worker told here, presents a rare insight into pre-revolutionary Chinese life and society. While, in many ways, this may seem a vanished world, many of the values and perspectives of Madam Yin still subtly but powerfully influence the Chinese today. Pruitt's other writings on China and Chinese women are highly recommended as well. (CHN737, $18.95)

Red China Blues, My Long March from Mao to Now

Red China Blues, My Long March from Mao to Now


by Jan Wong

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Jan Wong tells of her experiences in the "hermetically sealed bubble of Maoism" as one of two westerners to attend Beijing University, then offers a first-hand account of recent reforms in China. (CHN37, $15.95)

Socialism Is Great!, A Worker's Memoir of the New China

Socialism Is Great!, A Worker's Memoir of the New China


by Lijia Zhang

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A student who joined the Tiananmen Square protest, Lijia Zhang traces her coming of age in Nanjing in the 1980s in this spirited memoir. (CHN501, $15.00)

Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China

Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China


by Jung Chang

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this riveting tale of three generations spanning the end of Old China, Mao's regime and the Japanese occupation, Chang chronicles the enormous changes in China since 1929. (CHN04, $18.00)

Beijing Coma

Beijing Coma


by Ma Jian

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

In this remarkable novel former Tiananmen Square protester Dai Wei awakens after a decade, learning that his mother has sold one of his kidneys to finance his care and that the China he knew has undergone radical change. (CHN502, $18.00)

Death of a Red Heroine

Death of a Red Heroine


by Qiu Xiaolong

  • MYSTERY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

In this marvelously evocative tale of Shanghai, tremendously informative about China's transition towards a market economy in the 1990s, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police must find the murderer of a National Model Worker in this award-winning debut. The series continues with A Loyal Character Dancer (CHN412). (CHN374, $15.95)

Empress Orchid

Empress Orchid


by Anchee Min

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

In this novel of the glorious, decadent last days of 19th-century Imperial China, Min (Red Azalea, Becoming Madame Mao) combines her tale of a young girl from the provinces who marries an emperor -- and then improbably becomes the Last Empress -- with a lovingly re-created portrait of life in the Forbidden City. (CHN267, $14.00)

Night in Shanghai

Night in Shanghai


by Nicole Mones

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

This historical novel set in 1930s China focuses on an expat jazz musician and his love affair with a young spy. Their romance is tested by the approach of WWII and the pressures of a rich, powerful, pleasure-hungry city. (CHN763, $25.00)

The Beijing of Possibilities

The Beijing of Possibilities


by Jonathan Tel

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Combining elements of the surreal with carefully observed details of present-day Beijing, Tel's entertaining short stories offer a rich portrait of the city and the tensions between its history and present. (CHN556, $14.95)

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