Pretty Woman Spitting: An American's Travels in China

Pretty Woman Spitting An American s Travels in China The book is part memoir part travelogue and a compelling and often hilarious account of an evolving Chinese society and a woman at a crossroads Leanna Adams moved to China in was nearly robbed

  • Title: Pretty Woman Spitting: An American's Travels in China
  • Author: Leanna Adams
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The book is part memoir, part travelogue and a compelling and often hilarious account of an evolving Chinese society and a woman at a crossroads Leanna Adams moved to China in 2006, was nearly robbed, held her co worker s hand as she died in a filthy, smoke filled hospital, bonded with many of her three hundred students and left part of her heart in Wuhu, China Adams s cThe book is part memoir, part travelogue and a compelling and often hilarious account of an evolving Chinese society and a woman at a crossroads Leanna Adams moved to China in 2006, was nearly robbed, held her co worker s hand as she died in a filthy, smoke filled hospital, bonded with many of her three hundred students and left part of her heart in Wuhu, China Adams s contrasting experiences highlight the differences that make the two cultures unique and the similarities that make all people human.

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    1. Writing a successful travel memoir is exceedingly difficult. It is very easy for a writer to bore the pants off their readers with too much personal detail, or to overwhelm them with too much cultural or historical detail for the country/place they're visiting. The writer needs a balance between their personal experiences and observations of a new place and some background information about that place. They also need to discuss the differences between their own background and something about whe [...]

    2. This is informative and amusing and at times moving. Nothing of too much depth and the worst proofreading I've ever encountered in a published book. Some polish and care would help.

    3. I purchased this book in preparation for teaching in China for a year. Having never traveled to the country before, I knew very little of what to expect. Leanna Adams tells a really enjoyable story about what her life was like while teaching abroad and it gave me a look into what I could expect. Having been in China for about three weeks now, I'm really glad for some of the practical advice she gave! (Especially the bathroom-related things!) She also gave a very honest account of some of the rea [...]

    4. I gave this book a high rating because it reflects exactly my thoughts on living in China. I think for most people, maybe this book won't resonate so highly, but if you have lived in China, I think this is a must-read. Adams does a great job of showing what life is like in rural China without being mean-hearted or cynical, both of which I would have trouble doing, so I commend her for that. I think the reason people outside of China might find this book difficult to read is that some of the stor [...]

    5. This book is full of real and raw personal experiences of an American girl teaching English in China. As I read the book, I found that I could identify with almost every experience that Leanna described - or at least know someone else who could. If you know someone who is living in China, this book will help you get a glimpse at what their life might be like. If you are thinking about moving to China, this book might help you know what to expect.

    6. KinswomanI spent a year in China as an English teacher and reading your thoughts and experiences was like returning to my own year. I appreciated the great imagery of Wuhu's sights and sounds. Your impressions and feelings about living a transient teacher's life there was spot on. My year in China changed me for the good. To this day I strive to be the good host to my Chinese friends visiting in the U.S. as payback.

    7. A very moving, down-to-earth story about one woman's adventures in the real China. I highly recommend this book for those interested in a culture far different from America in many fascinating and sometimes vomit-inducing ways. Leanna lays it all out there -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- in a very compelling way.

    8. Getting ready to go to China with a friend next year and decided to read some books on it. This was a great start. Seeing culture differences and reading Leanna's experiences there were really insightful. However, my friend and I aren't sure we can learn how to 'squat' appropriately when using hole in the floor restroom. Ha!

    9. Easy read. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes annoying, sometimes touching. Could relate to many of the adventures of traveling in China.

    10. I enjoyed this read about a woman's adventures and learning more about the Chinese than anyone would think. Much of this travelogue was funny and some parts a little scary or sad. All in all, I thought it was an interesting book.From : Leanna Adams moved to China in 2006. What she found were squat pots, plates of pig’s feet, wildly curious Chinese people and life-altering experiences. Pretty Woman Spitting is a kind of love letter to China. Adams chose the title after hearing a particularly gu [...]

    11. Altogether a derogatory and sarcastic observation of China by an American grad student who decides to go there to teach English as she finds her life back home aimless. She spends a year in Wuhu, teaching English in a 'rural college.' She finds the infrastructure sorely lacking as she finds the commonly available squat toilets too appalling for regular use. Such Indian styled toilets are common to Indians so I only had some sympathy with her discomfort expressed all too often in way too many wor [...]

    12. Read this before you travel to China.Entertaining and enlightening. I had read several guides and watched numerous YouTube videos to prepare for my China trip. I was looking for an entertaining travelogue to round out my studies. After several rejects, I happily found this well written recollection which has a story too. It's more than just bits of shocking or perplexing sightings bunched into a book. And explanations are provided for better understanding. While I was traveling, I'm sure my fami [...]

    13. I started this book while on tour in China and enjoyed the authors tales of her year teaching in a rural Chinese university. Comparable to "Two Years on the Yangtze" but a quicker, lighter read. I found rural china and the modern, big cities to be two different worlds and now that the door to the West has been opened I don't think it will ever be closed again. Don't let the negative aspects of her experiences turn you off as China is well worth a visit and most Western tourists are probably pret [...]

    14. Light and Easy But Tells It Like It is.I've been to China and I can tell you that Leanna tells everything exactly like it is. From the disgusting constant that is squat toilets, to the generosity of Chinese people, to the fear of a trip to a Chinese hospital: it is also completely authentic.

    15. Loved it! I read it before and during a trip to Wuhan, China and found that so many conversations that I had with colleagues there (planning the day around avoiding public restrooms, foods,) paralleled the author's reflections and stories.

    16. Interesting and sometimes funny snippets of cultural information from a reflective author who gained knowledge and personal insight whilst in a different country. This author has some potential and should consider pursuing travel writing.

    17. Leanne Adams gives a vivid, insightful and humorous description of her time in China. I laughed many times at her reactions to certain customs I too had already experienced. This is a fun and easy read about a laowai's view.

    18. Liked it for what it is - an easy-to-read, honest introduction to life in China for those who have never been here and have no experience of the culture. Recommended for those who, like the author, are coming to teach in a smaller Chinese city.Nothing new for long-time expats.

    19. Boring and author also makes huge generalizations about whatever she feels like. I, however, will give her enormous credit for overcoming the vents taken place in the chapter "Diane"

    20. A fun and quick read about one US woman's experience living & teaching in China for a semester. As an expat in China I enjoyed reading her take on squatty potties, the food, and Chinese culture.

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