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Ricksha Days

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A stranger in a strange land-both in China and the United States-Leta Tucker Hodge has painted for us a small slice of shared experiences of wartime life as seen through her eyes using her unique and elegant voice. Assigned to manage one of the Brithish American Tobacco Company factories in Shanghai in the 1930s, Leta's father, Jake Tucker pulled his family into the ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 11th 2013 by Compass Flower Press
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Yolanda Ciolli
Apr 20, 2015 Yolanda Ciolli rated it it was amazing
Leta Hodge's powerful memoir tells of her American family in China during a time now long past, and brings it to the reader like a dream. She reveals her mother's fears and her father's steadfast ability to hold his family close—both in his presence and his absence. Her childhood is tenderly brought to life with honesty, fondness, and Ms. Hodge's special touch of melancholy.

Lovely and rich with the color of Shanghai through the author's painterly voice, I've seldom read a book that carried the e
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Mike Trial
Apr 19, 2015 Mike Trial rated it it was amazing

One of the best books I've read lately. A beautifully told reminiscence of a young American girl growing up in Shanghai before WWII. Leta Hodge was the daughter of an American manager working for the British American Tobacco company. His daughter Leta, attended the Shanghai American School, and her child's eye view of 1930's Shanghai are eloquent, colorful, and poignant.

The author's voice is superb. Her narrative moves, her dialogue sparkles, and the descriptions of China are wonderful.

A wonderf
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