Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Undress Me In The Temple Of Heaven: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

"This is riveting stuff . . . unputdownable."
--O,
The Oprah Magazine

In 1986, Susan Jane Gilman and a classmate embarked on a bold trek around the globe starting in the People's Republic of China. At that point, China had been open to independent backpackers for roughly ten minutes. Armed only with the collected works of Nietzsche and Linda Goodman's
Love Signs, the two friends plunged into the dusty streets of Shanghai. Unsurprisingly, they quickly found themselves in over their heads--hungry, disoriented, stripped of everything familiar, and under constant government surveillance. Soon, they began to unravel--one physically, the other psychologically. As their journey became increasingly harrowing, they found themselves facing crises that Susan didn't think they'd survive. But by summoning strengths she never knew she had--and with help from unexpected friends--the two travelers found their way out of a Chinese heart of darkness.

UNDRESS ME IN THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN is a flat-out page-turner, an astonishing true story of naïveté, friendship, and redemption told with Susan's trademark compassion and humor.




About The Author:

Susan Jane Gilman is the author of Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress and Kiss My Tiara. She has written commentary for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among others, and her fiction and essays have received several literary awards. Though she has lived most recently in Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C., she remains, eternally, a child of New York.

You can check out Susan Jane Gilman's website for more great information.



My Review:

This is the first time I have read any work from Susan Jane Gilman and I was extremely impressed! I am not usually a fan of the literary genre of memoirs, but one of my goals this year is to read more books outside of my norm of mystery, suspense and Christian Living.

I am so glad that I decided to review "Undress Me In The Temple of Heaven".  This was a beautifully written book that brings the reader into the world of communist China in the 1980's, into the world of dealing with mental illness, and all the experiences that come with being young, niave, and visiting a foreign country.

This book was very well written and had my attention throughout. I love that Gilman used humor to get through some really difficult moments, many that I know I would not want to experience. I feel that "Undress Me In the Temple of Heaven" was both emotional and entertaining and I will definitely be looking into reading Gilman's other writings in the future! I believe this book would be excellent for a book club and I highly recommend it!

BUY IT: You can purchase "Undress Me In The Temple Of Heaven" through your favorite local bookseller, as well as online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca


WIN IT: Five (5) readers will win a copy of "Undress Me In The Temple Of Heaven" by Susan Jane Gilman


TO ENTER: In this book, the author plans a trip around the world, starting in China. Where is one place you would love to travel, given the chance?


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***Thank you to Hachette Book Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

48 comments:

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