How Sweet the Bitter Soup


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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Lori Qian holds a BA in anthropology and philosophy and an MA in applied linguistics, and has advanced graduate training in school leadership, literacy instruction, and elementary education. She is a regular contributor to Urban Family Magazine in Guangzhou, China, and enjoys presenting around the world on topics ranging from cultivating creativity to pedagogical approaches to writing. She is passionate about education, multiculturalism, and self-improvement. After living in China for ten years, she recently relocated to Alpine, Utah, with her family, ready to embrace an entirely new adventure. Qian is currently working on her second book, Fighting for Fitness, a self-help memoir of her own health transformation.


". . . Qian's smooth prose and sympathetic affect make this memoir a compelling read. A smoothly told, down-to-earth tale of an American abroad." --Kirkus Reviews "Lori Qian's debut memoir is a story of triumph, love, family, kindness, and humor. Qian depicts frustration, resourcefulness, pain, and heroism hidden in the lives of two people making great sacrifices for what they hope will be a brighter future. As they persevere, they move to a wider understanding of the human condition. This is a story for our time. Young adult and adult readers will find respite, hope, encouragement, and joy in this carefully crafted and warmly felt debut." --Mary Rakow, award-winning author of The Memory Room "Lori Qian's story is stunning! From the courage to leave her family and move to China to being served frog and eel at her soon-to-be in-laws' house, her story will remind you that life is a grand adventure. Qian's vivid storytelling invites us to come along for the ride." --McArthur Krishna, award-winning and best-selling author of the Girls Who Choose God series "An incredible story about finding home, finding yourself, and falling in love in a foreign country, Lori Qian's inspiring memoir is a reminder that life is full of surprises and hope." --Jennifer Chen Tran, literary agent "Striking in its honesty and forthrightness. . . . Exemplifying the best kind of memoir writing, Qian shares not only her external experiences but also the psychological and emotional landscapes she traverses." --Booklist