Thursday, May 21, 2015

Searching them Middle Kingdom For mBuried Treasure

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Searching the Middle Kindom For Buried Treasure

Sue Hill

4.5 Stars

May 21, 2015

I've read many memoirs, so was excited to see a new take in Huan Hsu's "The Porcelain Thief." I was drawn in from the very beginning and felt like I was parting with a good friend when the book ended. Hsu is a fabulous writer. I love his honesty and his bluntness when things don't go according to plan in China. And he weaves in Chinese history that makes it fascinating even for those who know how things turn out along the way. I found myself laughing, crying, and wanting to slam my fist down in frustration as he trekked through China in search of his great-great grandfather's lost porcelain. But there is so much more to his story than that. It's also a personal journey in search of identity and acceptance. He writes about many family members, so the family tree at the beginning is helpful. My favorite characters besides Hsu include his colorful uncles Richard and Lewis, along with his cousin Andrew. Huan Hsu's great-great grandfather would be very proud of this book.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top Tens

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Top Ten Circulating Titles - New Books (Physical Collection)
(In the past 6 months)

A Generation Rising
The Long Haul
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel
Wedding Cake
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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
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Food: A Love Story

 
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The Lorax
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
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The Blood of Olympus
The House of Hades
The Third Wheel
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Don't Know Much about Anything: Everything You Need to Know But Never Learned about People, Places, Events, and More!
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My Story


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Top Ten Circulating Titles - Audiobooks (OverDrive)
(In the past 6 months)

All the Light We Cannot See
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Yes Please
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
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Against All Odds
Death on Blackheath
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Angels Walking
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For Elise
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Glimmer of Hope
Painting Kisses