Works of fact and fiction, facing East.



Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

By Peter Hessler


The final book of New Yorker correspondent Hessler's phenomenal trilogy about China's leap into modernism follows seven years of driving the country's roads.  Through these journeys Hessler chronicles an economic revolution  -- and notes how a boom in road building and car ownership is overturning the worlds of thousands of ordinary Chinese men and women.




When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order

By Martin Jacques


Jacques chronicles how modernity for hundreds of years has been a product of the West. But the financial rise of China, India, and other Eastern countries will impact, he argues, the face of modernity itself. The immense power of this economic realignment will long be felt as this new world matures.




The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

By Xinran


Xinran became a celbrity in China with a radio program about women's issues that began in 1989. Over the years she has received thousands of letters that share moving and often tragic stories of the world these women live in -- a world of changing sexual mores, and frequently poisoned by rape and abuse. Here she shares those stories and a few that didn't get run past the censors.




Brothers: A Novel

By Yu Hua


The irreverence of Yu Hua's novel about four decades of a family's life in a small Chinese town in the midst of the Cultural Revolution and globalization didn't stop it from selling more than a million copies in China. Both exuberant and earthy, it's a fascinating window into a world most Westerners haven't seen.




Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation

By J. Maarten Troost


Hilarious travel writer Troost (Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages) shares his outlandish take on his wanderings in China -- where he witnesses extremely exotic foods (Cattle Penis with Garlic, anyone? Spicy Cow Veins?), a still-dead Mao, and a country in the midst of a massive cultural and economic transformation.


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.