Wenguang Huang's revealing memoir of family life in 1970s China turns on the moment when his grandmother makes a request that pits tradition against the realities of life under Communism during the Cultural Revolution.
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December 13: "When God sees us in this condition, he will rescue us from the infidel and the enemy."
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.
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