Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows

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Dreaming in Chinese
By Deborah Fallows
208 pages; Walker & Company

You don't have to know Mandarin to be captivated by Deborah Fallows's Dreaming in Chinese, her memoir of living in Shanghai and Beijing and learning the language. A journalist with a PhD in linguistics, Fallows wears her erudition lightly as she meets locals and tries to unravel the mysteries of their mother tongue. Read more