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Books: Three Picks for March 2017

Three reading recommendations for the month to come

From the art of cleaning to China's obsession with William Shakespeare, here are our reading recommendations for the month of March, 2017.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


Ever since this Japanese “tidying expert” and consultant introduced her radical decluttering method to readers abroad, Kondo has been praised by happy clients as not just having cleaned their messy homes, but also helped them clarify life goals and priorities. Whether you’re moving, cleaning or just looking to curb your own untidy habits, read this to help decrease your possessions and declutter your life—or at least to see what all the fuss is about.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo is available on Amazon.com for RMB60.


Land of Fish and Rice


In her latest undertaking, food writer Fuschia Dunlop chooses the lesser-known dishes of Jiangnan, a region known locally as the “land of fish and rice” for its bounty and originator of treats like beggar’s chicken and dongpo pork. Dunlop’s writing is enough to get anyone excited about the cuisine. “Local people believe they enjoy the finest food in the world,” she writes. “The food of Jiangnan is...so varied that one never tires of it.” Written by one of the most respected Chinese food experts today, this hardcover keepsake pairs mouthwatering photos and clean design with Dunlop’s informative, evocative writing.  


 Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China by Fuschia Dunlop is available at Garden Books for RMB350.


The People's Bard


Anyone who has lived in China knows that William Shakespeare is just about everywhere, at least in the theater world. (The latest trend seems to be mash-ups of his work with Chinese opera classics, particularly those that were contemporaries of Shakespeare’s time). This Penguin Special by author Nancy Pelligrini explores more thoroughly why the Elizabethan playwright has caught on like wildfire in China, spanning decades of revolutionary interpretations, translation methods, purism and reinterpretation of the Bard by scholars and playwrights alike.


The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare Its Own by Nancy Pellegrini is available at Amazon.com for RMB70.


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