Best CHINA Expat Books
For those unbearably long train rides on the hard-seat from Kashgar to Shenzhen, how better to kill time than to read about, well, another laowai's unbearably long train ride.

(Books written by and/or for expatriates traveling and/or living in CHINA, only, please)
1 River Town: Two Years on th...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 5,666 ratings
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2 China: Portrait of a People
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 76 ratings
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3 Unsavory Elements: Stories ...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 53 ratings
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4 The Cost of Hope: A Memoir
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 362 ratings
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5 The Good Earth (House of Ea...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 138,025 ratings
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6 Pearl of China
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 4,253 ratings
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7 Oracle Bones: A Journey Bet...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 3,440 ratings
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8 Country Driving: A Journey ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 3,292 ratings
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9 Shark's Fin And Sichuan Pep...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,292 ratings
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10 The Most Basic Chinese - Al...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 15 ratings
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11 The World of Suzie Wong
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 410 ratings
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11 Fried Eggs with Chopsticks:...
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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 351 ratings
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13 Kitchen Chinese: A Novel Ab...
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 956 ratings
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13 The Last Chinese Chef
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,469 ratings
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15 Foreign Babes in Beijing: B...
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 751 ratings
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16 Life and Death in Shanghai
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 5,766 ratings
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16 Double Happiness: One Man's...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 13 ratings
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18 Waiting for the Dalai Lama:...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 22 ratings
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19 Lost in Translation
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,292 ratings
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19 China Road: A Journey into ...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,107 ratings
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21 Midnight in Peking: How the...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 3,069 ratings
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22 Eating Smoke: One Man's Des...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 229 ratings
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23 Katherine
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 528 ratings
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24 Riding the Iron Rooster
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 4,786 ratings
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25 Big in China: My Unlikely A...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 320 ratings
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26 China Cuckoo
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 59 ratings
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27 Home is a Roof Over a Pig: ...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 164 ratings
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28 Dreaming in Chinese: Mandar...
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,104 ratings
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29 Business Republic of China:...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 6 ratings
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30 The Great Walk of China: Tr...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 7 ratings
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31 The Wardens of Punyu
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 28 ratings
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31 Healing, Romance & Revoluti...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 6 ratings
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31 A Coward in Modern China: T...
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings
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31 Dispatches from Crazytown: ...
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31 The Fake Celebrity in China
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31 Mythbusting the Cult of Con...
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings
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31 Conquering Babel: a Practic...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings
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31 Leftover Women: The Resurge...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 19 ratings
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39 The Journeyer
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 1,669 ratings
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39 The Cat Who Covered the Wor...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 157 ratings
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39 Right in Her Soul: The Life...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
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42 White Ghost Girls
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3.16 of 5 stars 3.16 avg rating — 666 ratings
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42 Brave Dragons: A Chinese Ba...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 192 ratings
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44 Blonde Lotus
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 12 ratings
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44 The World Of Suzie Wong
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 410 ratings
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44 Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Ad...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 103 ratings
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47 Factory Girls: From Village...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,668 ratings
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47 The Man Who Loved China: Th...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,165 ratings
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49 Foreign Devils in the Flowe...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings
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50 My Splendid Concubine
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 210 ratings
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51 Iron & Silk
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,232 ratings
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52 Across China on Foot
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 17 ratings
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52 Don't Joke on the Stairs: H...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 7 ratings
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54 A Season in Red: My Great L...
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2.97 of 5 stars 2.97 avg rating — 31 ratings
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55 Ni Howdy!: An American Woma...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 4 ratings
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56 A Million Truths: A Decade ...
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 12 ratings
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57 Above the Sea: Expat in China
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings
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58 The Monkey In Me: Confusion...
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59 American Shaolin: Flying Ki...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,717 ratings
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60 In China, My Name Is
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61 Around the Bloc: My Life in...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 427 ratings
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62 The Last Days of Old Beijin...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 432 ratings
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63 Shanghai - High Lights, Low...
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64 Beijing: Portrait of a City
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65 Stateless in Shanghai
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10 ratings
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66 Farewell Shanghai
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 75 ratings
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67 The Hotel on the Roof of th...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 273 ratings
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68 Think Like Chinese
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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69 To the People, Food Is Heav...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 15 ratings
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70 Monkey House Blues: A Shang...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 17 ratings
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71 Ancient Tea Horse Road
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 35 ratings
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72 Red Rock: The Long, Strange...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10 ratings
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73 Silent Tears: A Journey of ...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,097 ratings
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74 When A Billion Chinese Jump...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 195 ratings
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75 Kosher Chinese: Living, Tea...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 708 ratings
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76 the curious diary of MR JAM
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77 THE HERITAGE HIKER'S GUIDE ...
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4.86 of 5 stars 4.86 avg rating — 7 ratings
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78 Strange Stones: Dispatches ...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 280 ratings
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79 Dragons, Donkeys, and Dust:...
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80 The River at the Center of ...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 825 ratings
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81 The Foremost Good Fortune
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 690 ratings
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82 Moon Beijing & Shanghai
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83 The Exact Unknown and Other...
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84 Ich in Ein Beijinger
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings
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85 The Last Days of Old Beijin...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 432 ratings
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86 A Death in the Lucky Holida...
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 76 ratings
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87 How Does One Dress to Buy D...
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings
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88 Good Chinese Wife: A Love A...
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