8 great books about "ordinary" China

A Listmania! list by Penny Jones
 
The Corpse Walker
1.  The Corpse Walker by Yiwu Liao
The list author says:
  "Liao Yiwu  spent 11 years interviewing 'ordinary' Chinese people whose stories are far from ordinary."
10.66   Used & New from: 3.94
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Noodle Maker
2.  The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian
The list author says:
  "One of Ma Jian's lesser-known works that focuses on normal Chinese people"
7.89   Used & New from: 0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China
3.  Factory Girls: Voices from the Heart of Modern China by Leslie T. Chang
The list author says:
  "Leslie Chang interviews the under-appreciated factory workers who keep China's economy running"
6.99   Used & New from: 0.31
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

China: Portrait of a People
4.  China: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter
The list author says:
  "Photographer Tom Carter spent several years taking pictures of 'ordinary' Chinese people from across all 33 provinces"
15.99   Used & New from: 7.25
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
5.  20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo
The list author says:
  "Average Chinese girl runs away to Beijing, experiences love and life along the way."
7.33   Used & New from: 0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
6.  A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
The list author says:
  "A series of stories about the regular lives of present-day Chinese"
6.20   Used & New from: 0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Miss Chopsticks
7.  Miss Chopsticks by Xinran
The list author says:
  "3 sisters going through the banality of life in a male-dominated modern village"
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Colours Of The Mountain
8.  Colours Of The Mountain by Da Chen
The list author says:
  "Memoir about growing up in a rural village, then making the leap to Beijing."
10.19   Used & New from: 0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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