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FCC-STL Book Club

Below is a list of books and discussion dates. The group meets at a restaurant of the discussion leader's choice. Meetings beginning at 7pm with dinner and a discussion, and finish by 9pm.

This is a fun and causal group; do not take the terms 'Meeting' and 'Discussion Leader' too seriously. If fact, if you haven't read the book but would like to join us for dinner - please do so! Often times our discussions lead into parenting, family, and/or adoption chatter.

Any questions regarding the FCC-STL Book Club, can be directed to Ame Krippner.

Current Schedule

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Tea Girl of Hummigbird Lane by Lisa See.
A powerful story about two women separated by circumstance, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and a celebration of the bonds of family. .

Discussion Leader: Mary Robinson
Location: Hunan & Peking Garden, 1262 Old Orchard Center, Ballwin, MO 63021 (1/4 Mile East of 141) (map)

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
"A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel."

-- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain"
Discussion Leader: Ame Krippner
Location: Tokyo Sushi, 3729 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63127 (map)

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.


Hong Kong Black by Alex Ryan
Former Navy SEAL Nick Foley reluctantly agrees to help investigate when American CIA operative Peter Yu goes missing in China. But when Yu's mutilated body washes up on a beach near Hong Kong, along with dozens of other victims, the case takes a macabre turn. Suddenly, Nick finds himself embroiled in another bio-terrorism investigation being conducted by China's elite Snow Leopard counter-terrorism unit and the Chinese CDC, this time involving illegally-harvested organs for an unknown and nefarious end.

Discussion Leader: Ame Krippner
Location: TBD

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong's most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan's hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.

Discussion Leader: Ame Krippner
Location: TBD

If you plan to attend, please send an email to St Louis FCC so that a proper sized table can be reserved.

Past Reads

In case you missed them the first time around, but are looking for a good book to read:

"The Last Chinese Chef" by Nicole Mones; Great book for those who enjoy books about world travel and food.

"Women Of The Silk" by Gail Tsukiyama; China 1926 - a sisterhood amidst the reeling silk factory machines.

"Death Of A Red Heroine" by Qiu Xiaolong; First book in the Inspector Chen mystery series set in Shanghai. The author is a professor at Washington University who emigrated to the U.S. after Tiananmen Square.

"Mao's Last Dancer" by Li Cunxin; An inspiring story of passion and resilience among the harsh reality of Mao's communist China.

"Bound" by Donna Jo Napoli; A Chinese Cinderella story suitable for young readers (estimated age range: grades 7 - 12).

"The Children of Huang Shi" This 2008 movie stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Yun-Fat Chow, and Michelle Yeoh. A young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

"The Man from Beijing" by Henning Mankell; A mass murder in Sweden leads a relative of one of the slain (who is a judge) from Sweden back to Beijing when it determined there is a historical link between the current day and the year 1863.

"Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See; A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America while bound to the old.

"After Isaac" by Avra Wing; Written by an FCC member in New York, this book tells the story of a family who adopts a child from China after their youngest son Isaac dies. Isaac's older brother Aaron is going through a tumultuous time in his life and this story is about the family healing itself.

"Pretty Woman Spitting" by Leanna Adams; A story of one American woman's teaching experience in China

"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan; Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories

"Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See; The sequel to Shanghai Girls; the story continues in 1957 with New Society of Red China.

"The Man Who Loved China" by Simon Winchester; The story of the brilliant Cambridge scientist Joseph Needham and his love of China.

"The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan; the novel is layered with stories that have been written down by mothers for their daughters, passing along secrets that cannot be said out loud but must not be forgotten.

"The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo" by Scott D. Seligmann; with his masterful storytelling and meticulous research, the author reveals new insights into the Asian-American life.

"Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan; A novel about the uber-wealthy Asian life-style in Singapore.

"Home is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China" by Aminta Arrington; a personal account of a family with 3 small children who uproot their lives and live in China.

"The Scavenger's Daughters" by Kay Bratt; inspired by a true story, and set against the backdrop of a country in transition, this novel is a sweeping present day saga of triumph in the face of hardship, and the unbreakable bonds of family against all odds.

"Beijing Red" by Alex Ryan; A bio-terrorism triller that find the hero Nick Foley racing against time while racing through the streets of Beijing... sometimes racing through the tunnels in the city below the city.

"China Rich Girlfriend" by Kevin Kwan; a follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians, still rich and still crazy!