How Sweet the Bitter Soup: A Memoir

How Sweet the Bitter Soup: A Memoir

by Lori Qian


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Her mom was working as a maid. Her dad’s Alzheimer’s was in high gear. And the rent on her parents’ small Chicago apartment had just gone up. Again. But Lori was holding it all together: helping care for her dad and pay her family’s bills, figuring out how to navigate graduate school and four jobs on top of her family responsibilities, and, somehow, continuing to believe that there was more to life than this.

And there was. An exciting job teaching at a prestigious school in China. Although the previous month, she had turned down a job offer in Iowa—thinking it was too far away from her family—she felt completely at ease accepting the job in China. Grasping on to the fierce determination she’d had since childhood, Lori found herself in Guangzhou, China, where she fell in love with the culture and with a man from a tiny town in Hubei province. What followed was a transformative adventure—one that will inspire readers to use the bitter to make life even sweeter.

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ISBN-13: 9781631526145
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 839,660
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lori Qian holds a BA in anthropology and philosophy and an MA in applied linguistics, and has advanced graduate training in school leadership, literacy instruction, and elementary education. She is a regular contributor to Urban Family Magazine in Guangzhou, China, and enjoys presenting around the world on topics ranging from cultivating creativity to pedagogical approaches to writing. She is passionate about education, multiculturalism, and self-improvement. After living in China for ten years, she recently relocated to Alpine, Utah, with her family, ready to embrace an entirely new adventure. Qian is currently working on her second book, Fighting for Fitness, a self-help memoir of her own health transformation.

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