books about: shanghai
What Will Your Shanghai Encounter Be? Drinking in the riverside view from the historic Bund's bars Sizing up the sci-fi skyscrapers of futuristic Pudong Bargain-hunting, café-hopping and art-ogling amidst the traditional architecture of Tianzifang Indulging in the chic charm of the French Concession's tree-lined boulevards Escaping modernity to the quintessentially Chinese landscapes just outside of town Discovering the street-level character ...
The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel
Jennifer Cody Epstein
W. W. Norton & Company
Possibly the best book I've read all year
"The Painter from Shanghai" is an amazing book of historical fiction that chronicles the life of Chinese painter Pan Yuliang. Sold into prostitution by her uncle at a very young age, Yuliang endures unspeakable horrors until she wins the affection of Pan Zanhua, a customs inspector who arranges for Yuliang to leave the brothel and become his concubine. Yuliang eventually decides to explore her ...
Beijing and Shanghai (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
I really enjoyed this book and used it extensively last September when I visited Beijing and Shanghai on business, each for a couple days. Very useful for getting one's bearings logistically and understanding the deep culture and extensive history of each city, especially Beijing. Visually rich and well presented - offering a preview of the grandness of the sites it describes. A bit on the ...
The Shanghai Moon: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels)
S. J. Rozan
I have read nearly all of Rozan's work, but somehow missed this one until I picked it up at the library yesterday. I was thrilled to see Lydia and Bill back, although I wasn't sure if they would be the L and B of old, given their long absence. SJR never disappoints: this is another "can't-put-it down" that is even more nuanced, humorous and tightly plotted than those that came before! I ...
Life and Death in Shanghai
A true lady
This is the kind of book I would like to share with my children and their children.
Shanghai (City Guide)
I used this book for my recent 1st visit to Shanghai. It gave me a great feel for the city prior to arrival, and helped me determine my itinerary. Restaurant reviews were right on...especially important to me and my friends!
From Shanghai to New York
This is the kind of book that you will start and finish in a few hours. Fast, dynamic, intense and exquisitely written. Yang introduces a new theme that many have yearned for. She gives the reader a glimpse of the glorious Shanghai days before the Cultural Revolution, through the eyes of Sha Fei, the daughter of one of the long forgotten aristocratic families of the old Shanghai: "Images of the ...
Shanghai Girls: A Novel
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Fascinating story of culture in Shanghai and Los Angeles. Can't put it down. Didn't want it to end. Read in one sitting.
Life and Death in Shanghai
grab one while you still can
It's a convincing microscopic account of what happens in names of good willing and great aspirations. The author passed away on Nov 2, 2009. The book will likely not be reprinted. Grab one while you still can.
Shanghai Diary: A Young Girl's Journey from Hitler's Hate to War-Torn China
Lucky and Appreciative
Being impacted by Hitler's regime about the same age as Ursula Bacon, I can easily empathize with her tribulations. I had not been familiar with the events reflected in "The Shanghai Diaries." Ergo, I am grateful to the author for sharing her life story. She is a keen observant; her insight and hindsight are remarkable. Ursula Bacon's last sentence is "All in all, I have been one lucky ...
Cyber-punk Finds a New Capital of Cool
Wiiliam Gibson obviously loves Tokyo, and Neal Stephenson planted his characters there for a few visits too, if I remember right. But if there's a place on earth right now that's even more futuritsic than Tokyo, it would have to be Shanghai. Actually, Mr. Johnny follows a variety of characters through a bunch of exciting chases all across the globe in this novel. London. New York. Beijing. ...
Planet Shanghai: Architecture Family Food Fashion and Culture of China's Great Metropolis
This book combines two of my favorite photo subject matters, travel and portraiture. Consider it an insiders tour of traditional Shanghai where the locals go about their business in their pajamas. Not only is the subject matter interesting, but the images are well composed and just full of color and vibrancy. It makes me want to pack my bags, get on the first flight to Shanghai and go on a photo ...
The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai: A Novel
St. Martin's Press
A dazzling debut novel about the power of love and language... Li Jing, a successful, happily married businessman, is dining at a grand hotel in Shanghai when a gas explosion shatters the building. A shard of glass neatly pierces Li Jing's forehead?obliterating his ability to speak Chinese. The only words that emerge from his mouth are faltering phrases of the English he spoke as a child growing up in Virginia. Suddenly Li Jing finds himself ...
Frommer's Shanghai Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket)
Practical travel guide to Shanghai, showing you the smartest and most practical way to get the most out of the city with bulleted maps, thematic tours and handy advice and information. Special-Interest Tours including Art-Deco Architecture/Swinging Shanghai, Zany Skyscrapers/Futuristic Shanghai, Historic (colonial-era) Hotels, Restaurants with a View, Family Visits and Shanghai Art. Details the best Neighbourhood Walks: ...
Shanghai Architecture: Watermark Architectural Guides
Shanghai bob's review
I was introduced to this book in a Shanghai friends home. Having lived in Shanghai for some years and now being a frequent visitor, I was impressed about how accurate the book was and how easy it was to use and read. I recognized many of the buildings and was fascinated to read about its history. There is a nice mix of new and old architecture and buildings. On our next visit to Shanghai we will ...
Wallpaper City Guide: Shanghai 2009 ("Wallpaper*" City Guides) (Wallpaper City Guides)
Editors of Wallpaper Magazine
Phaidon Press Inc.
Good for what it is
This guide is great for what it is-- a beautifully designed booklet pointing out the chic hotels and clubs, plus some interesting architectural oddities...the writing is sometimes clever, sometimes snarky... it's very much in line with the whole 'global-nomad/jetset' aesthetic that Wallpaper magazine is known for. It's certainly *not* meant to be a comprehensive travel/cultural guide...I ...
Shanghai : The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City 1842-1949
History of Shanghai from 1842 to 1949
This book would be interesting for a reader looking for a rollicking and layman history of Shanghai from 1842 (the year when Shanghai was forced by the British Empire to be opened to foreign trade as a treaty port after the British Empire exacted revenge for the Ching dynasty's action to clamp down on the infamous opium trade carried out by the British) to 1949 ( the year when Shanghai fell to ...
Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 (Philip E.Lilienthal Books)
Frederic Wakeman Jr.
University of California Press
A Golden Age of Crime
Shanghai in the 1920's and 30's must have been the single most difficult city in the world to govern. Shanghai's reputation as a center of vice and corruption was legendary in its own day. At the beginning of the Twenty First Century, the Shangai of this period still holds its own romantic appeal. Frederic Wakeman's book is a study of the Nationalist Government's attempt to bring order and ...
Shanghai Baby: A Novel
Washington Square Press
Self Obessed and Stupid
The book is full of depressing lives filled with lust, and nothing else. But what is the point? That some people in the material Shanghai are just empty inside? That sex is everything they have to fill the holes and emptiness? Credit given to the hot sex scenes, but these alone does not make a good book. And it is a shame that its ban in China (as you can imagine its negative ...
Shanghai: The Architecture of China's Great Urban Center
Shanghai:TheArchitecture of China's Great Urban Center
After my trip to Shanghai I put my photo album together. I searched and searched for names for the many buildings in Pudong that I'd photographed from the Bund and river cruise. I could only find a few. Then I got the great idea to get a book! This book is just what I was looking for. I was able to identify virtually all of the skyscrapers I had photographed and was able to include biographical ...
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