Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China

Peter Hessler (Author)


Oracle Bones tells the story of modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world, as

seen through the lives of ordinary people who are connected in one way or another to America.

It combines soulful story-telling with a journalist's keen eye for detail resulting in a story that transcends cultural divides and puts a human face on history as it unfolds today.--Minneapolis Star Tribune

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
May 08, 2007
5.2 X 1.5 X 7.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Hessler is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He is the author of River Town, which won the Kiriyama Prize; Oracle Bones, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and, most recently, Country Driving. He won the 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting, and he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011. He lives in Cairo.


"An extraordinary, genre-defying book. . . . Beautifully constructed. . . . Hessler's reportage is vivid."--Nigel Richardson, The Daily Telegraph
"Everyone in the Western world should read this book."--Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
"Engaging. . . . Acutely observed, moving, frequently funny and a perspicacious X-ray of China's zeitgeist."--South China Morning Post
"Insightful. . . . Hessler is a wry and witty writer who manages to bring humor even to tense situations."--Christian Science Monitor
"A brilliant observer with a novelist's ear for character and dialogue, Hessler is both fascinating and funny."--Entertainment Weekly
"Wonderful. . . . Intimate. . . . The book reads like a really good novel."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Hessler has written a fascinating and frequently moving account of life in modern China."--Booklist
"A remarkable travelogue documenting aspects of a country still little understood."--Kirkus (starred review)