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Carolee

I spent my angsty teens perusing the shelves at Kepler's. After a career in biochemistry and over a decade rasing kids full time, I now love to work with customers to find that "This is perfect!" book. My reading interests lean more toward non-fiction, though I do love a good novel, too! Mysteries, not so much. I am happiest outdoors, preferably with my family - backpacking in the Sierras is my idea of heaven!

Favorite Genres: 
History
Literary Fiction
Politics
Science
Sociology
Book Recommendations: 
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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060855024
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 25th, 2006

I love learning about cultures, especially from a "lived there" perspective.  The first in a trilogy, this book covers Hessler's years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural China where the Three Rivers Gorge dam was being built.  I am a fan of all three books about China, but start with this one! --Carolee


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Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060826598
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2007

Hessler’s second book explores China’s past and the present.  A little more ancient history in this book, but also lots and lots of his experiences with everyday young adults who are finding their way in the modernizing society. --Carolee


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Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061804106
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Harper Perennial - February 8th, 2011

Over his many years living in China, Hessler undertakes several road trips across the country mostly by rental car (what an adventure!), but also by bus and with local drivers.  As always, Hessler gets to know the people and through his wonderful writing, so do you! --Carolee


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The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559580
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Published: Penguin Books - May 19th, 2020

After years in China. Hessler and his family moved to Egypt, just as the Arab Spring was unfolding.  Once again, his friendships with local people and his passion for reporting serve up a clear and personal look at a complicated country. --Carolee


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So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

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A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781501157219
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 30th, 2020

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The Children Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780449004395
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Ballantine Books - March 30th, 1999

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Peace Like a River Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802139252
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002

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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

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Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062367860
Availability: In Stock In Store
Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 18th, 2018