Friday, June 7, 2013

Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds by Ping Fu

I usually don't read books about China's Cultural Revolution. Besides being totally horrifying and excruciating to read about the torture and violence that people endured, some mom always eats the kid's pet.

And yes, in this book, it is horrifying at times to read about what went on in China. And yes again, the mom demands that the author kill her pet chicken because guests are coming for dinner.

So anyway, I picked up this book because it's the July book selection for a book club that I'm thinking of checking out. It's written by Ping Fu who grew up during the Cultural Revolution and then immigrated to the United States when she was 25. Two totally different worlds with very different struggles.

The book alternates between Ping's life in China and her life in the United States. The way that it's written makes it a pretty fast read. It gets a bit slow at the end when she writes a lot about her company's growth, but overall, it's a pretty amazing true story. Except for the eating of her pet chicken.

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