Home is a Roof Over a Pig
An American Family's Journey in China
ISBN 9781468304190 | 320 pages | 05 Jul 2012 | Overlook | 18 - AND UP
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A 2012 Indie Next pick, Home is a Roof Over a Pig is the charming account of one all-American family’s new life in a small town in China. When Aminta Arrington moves with her husband and three young children (including a daughter adopted from China) from suburban Georgia to Tai’an, a city where donkeys share the road with cars, the family is bewildered by seemingly endless cultural differences large and small. But with the help of new friends, they soon find their way. Full of humor and unexpectedly moving moments, Home is a Roof Over a Pig recounts a transformative quest with a freshness that will delight.
"Home Is a Roof Over a Pig is a brutally honest and fascinating peek at life for an American family living in a foreign country. I was engrossed in the story as Arrington used her humor, and ultimately understanding and flexibility to survive, realize, and eventually love the contradictory land of China."
--Kay Bratt, bestselling author of Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
"The power of Aminta Arrington's Home Is a Roof Over a Pig is you can see both sides of the 'China coin' from it--something most people won't get just by traveling through, or only by hearing about China in Western languages. Read it, it will help you dip into the real China."--Xinran, author of The Good Women of China
"American teacher Arrington (editor, Saving Grandmother's Face) nicely demystifies the Chinese language for English speakers in this down-to-earth memoir chronicling her family's stint in the Chinese province of Shandong on the eve of the Beijing Olympics."--Publishers Weekly
"A military wife turned ESL instructor's sharp-eyed account of how the adoption of a Chinese baby girl led to her family's life-changing decision to live and work in rural China . . . candid and heartfelt."--Kirkus
"A fresh, illuminating look at contemporary China." --Booklist
"Her chronicle of their adventures with the language and with the local culture and characters presents intimate glimpses of the profoundly different ideology and philosophy that underlie the quotidian Chinese experience—and of the essential human kindness that can transcend those differences." --National Geographic Traveler
"This book captivated me through vivid accounts of everyday life in China from an American’s viewpoint. The refreshing insights stirred an appreciation and fascination in me for the Chinese people and their culture. As we shape our cultural identity in the increasingly global context, Aminta Arrington inspires us to broaden our understanding."--Yakima Herald
"Arrington is a sunny ('cynicism and I cannot breathe the same air') and energetic guide to today’s China—where Volvos glide among donkey carts and the Kitchen God coexists with Marxism. It is here that Arrington—while seeking out her daughter’s roots—also discovers 'the person I was created to be.'"--Christian Science Monitor Weekly
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