What am I reading?


undress meUndress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

From the back cover…

They were young, brilliant, and bold. They set out to conquer the world. But the world had other plans for them.

In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job. Inspired by a place mat at the International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People’s Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent travelers for roughly ten minutes.

Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche, an astrological love guide, and an arsenal of bravado, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads. As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance. What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment grew increasingly sinister-becoming a real-life international thriller that transformed them forever.

What’s on my bookshelf (waiting to be read)

  • Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari
  • Two Wheels Through Terror by Glen Heggstad
  • Walking Home by Simon Armitage
  • Boots to Bliss by Claude Tranchant
  • Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  • Dietland by Sarai Walker
  • Governomics by Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons
  • Surveillance by Bernard Keane
  • Useful by Debra Oswald
  • The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer
  • The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  • The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
  • Bad Lands by Tony Wheeler
  • Dark Lands by Tony Wheeler
  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  • The Virgin Way by Richard Branson
  • My Dining Hell by Jay Rayner
  • When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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