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Posted February 29, 2012
DAPT'D, the online publisher of this book, recently received the following review written by C. David Heymann. Heymann is the NYTimes bestselling author of several biographies, including Bobby and Jackie, American Legacy, The Georgetown Ladies' Social club, and Liz. Heymann's publisher Simon and Schuster will publish his biography of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio in 2012.
Hug This Book
By C. David Heymann
If you're looking for an erudite, in-depth examination of Sino-American relations and the emergence of China as the dominant culture, No Hugging in China, by Felicia Brings, is not the book you want to read. However, if you would like to be entertained by the misconceptions and misunderstandings that wreak havoc on one American woman's attempt to thrive in the People's Republic of China, run, do not walk, to your computer and order this book online - it is not available in bookstores.
Felicia Brings' voice resonates quirky irony as she recounts her (not so naturally) blonde Manhattanite's observations of life, love and shopping in China. Brings left her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and traveled to the Guangdong Province in search of a warmer winter and the illusion that she was not getting older. There, she encountered China's coldest winter ever and bureaucratic hijinks that would turn anyone gray, even if it were easy to find a bottle of peroxide!
A compilation of Brings' emails to her friends in the States and the journal entries she wrote to keep herself believing she might be sane, the book is candid and believable. It probably won't enlighten, but it will amuse you!
Posted February 24, 2012