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FCC-STL Book Club

Below is a list of books and discussion dates. The group meets at a restaurant of the discussion leader's choice. Meetings beginning at 7pm with dinner and a discussion, and finish by 9pm.

This is a fun and causal group; do not take the terms 'Meeting' and 'Discussion Leader' too seriously. If fact, if you haven't read the book but would like to join us for dinner - please do so! Often times our discussions lead into parenting, family, and/or adoption chatter.

Any questions regarding the FCC-STL Book Club, can be directed to Ame Krippner.


Current Schedule

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Home is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China by Aminta Arrington.
When all-American Aminta Arrington moves from suburban Georgia to a small town in China, she doesn't go alone. Her army husband and three young children, including an adopted Chinese daughter, uproot themselves too.

Aminta hopes to understand the country with its long civilization, ancient philosophy, and complex language. She is also determined that her daughter Grace, born in China, regain some of the culture she lost when the Arringtons brought her to America as a baby. .

-- Amazon.com
Discussion Leader: Mary Robinson
Location: Wan Fu, 12033 Manchester Rd, Des Peres, MO 63131 (map)

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Scavenger's Daughters by Kay Bratt
Having survived torture and imprisonment during China's Cultural Revolution, Benfu escaped to find love with his compassionate and beautiful Calla Lily. Together they build a fulfilling life around the most menial of jobs - Benfu's work collecting trash. As he sorts through the discards of others, he regularly discovers abandoned children. With unwavering determination, he and Calli spend decades creating a family of hand-picked daughters that help heal the sorrow and brighten their modest home. But all is not perfect and when crisis threatens to separate their family, Benfu - or possibly his band of headstrong daughters-must find a way to overcome the biggest hardship yet.

Inspired by a true story, and set against the backdrop of a country in transition, The Scavenger's Daughters is a sweeping present day saga of triumph in the face of hardship, and the unbreakable bonds of family against all odds.

-- Amazon.com
Discussion Leader: Ame Krippner
Location: Shu Feng, 8435 Olive Blvd 63132 (map)

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Beijing Red by Alex Ryan
When ex-Navy SEAL Nick Foley travels to China to find purpose and escape the demons of his past, he instead stumbles into a conspiracy his Special Forces training never prepared him for. A mysterious and deadly outbreak ravages a remote area of western China, and Nick finds himself the lead suspect in a bio-terrorism investigation being conducted by China's elite Snow Leopard counter-terrorism unit.

To clear his name and avoid prosecution, he must team up with beautiful Chinese CDC microbiologist Dr. Dazhong "Dash" Chen to find who is really behind the attack. As their investigation proceeds, their budding friendship is tested by nationalistic loyalties and suspicion.

In a race against time, Nick and Dash must risk everything to stop a mad man before he unleashes the world's next super-weapon in Beijing.

-- Amazon.com
Discussion Leader: Laura Mackinson
Location: TBD

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
It's the eve of Rachel Chu's wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiance willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won't be there to walk her down the aisle.

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren't just crazy rich ... they're China rich.

-- Amazon.com
Discussion Leader: Ame Krippner
Location: LuLu Seafood & Dim Sum, 8224 Olive 63132 (map)

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.


Past Reads

In case you missed them the first time around, but are looking for a good book to read:

"The Last Chinese Chef" by Nicole Mones; Great book for those who enjoy books about world travel and food.

"Women Of The Silk" by Gail Tsukiyama; China 1926 - a sisterhood amidst the reeling silk factory machines.

"Death Of A Red Heroine" by Qiu Xiaolong; First book in the Inspector Chen mystery series set in Shanghai. The author is a professor at Washington University who emigrated to the U.S. after Tiananmen Square.

"Mao's Last Dancer" by Li Cunxin; An inspiring story of passion and resilience among the harsh reality of Mao's communist China.

"Bound" by Donna Jo Napoli; A Chinese Cinderella story suitable for young readers (estimated age range: grades 7 - 12).

"The Children of Huang Shi" This 2008 movie stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Yun-Fat Chow, and Michelle Yeoh. A young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

"The Man from Beijing" by Henning Mankell; A mass murder in Sweden leads a relative of one of the slain (who is a judge) from Sweden back to Beijing when it determined there is a historical link between the current day and the year 1863.

"Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See; A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America while bound to the old.

"After Isaac" by Avra Wing; Written by an FCC member in New York, this book tells the story of a family who adopts a child from China after their youngest son Isaac dies. Isaac's older brother Aaron is going through a tumultuous time in his life and this story is about the family healing itself.

"Pretty Woman Spitting" by Leanna Adams; A story of one American woman's teaching experience in China

"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan; Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories

"Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See; The sequel to Shanghai Girls; the story continues in 1957 with New Society of Red China.

"The Man Who Loved China" by Simon Winchester; The story of the brilliant Cambridge scientist Joseph Needham and his love of China.

"The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan; the novel is layered with stories that have been written down by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten.

"The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo" by Scott D. Seligmann; with his masterful storytelling and meticulous research, the author reveals new insights into the Asian-American life.

"Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan; A novel about the uber-wealthy Asian life-style in Singapore.