I had the pleasure of meeting author Shannon Young in the country she is passionate about - China! - so I wasn't at all surprised to find the memoir of her Beijing Olympic experience as delightful as she is. As with most folks, I've watched the Olympic opening ceremonies and subsequent athletic prowess from the comfort of the couch, always wondering what it would actually be like to be there in person witnessing such a seminal moment in the participants, supporters and supporting cast's lives. Now I know! And I thank Shannon for that. I also thank her for her passion for travel, her astute writing, for being an incredible ambassador for the USA, and for ratifying my experience of China, i.e. that the people of Beijing are extremely helpful and friendly, receptive to westerners, and not at all austere as you might believe from the Media. NEXT BOOK PLEASE!
Chris Thrall is the author of 'Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland' - a memoir.