LOST ON PLANET CHINA: J. Maarten Troost: Broadway Books: Nonfiction: 382 pages
Lost on Planet China has two revealing subtitles: the strange and true story of one man’s attempt to understand the world’s most mystifying nation OR how he became comfortable eating live squid. Troost is known for his hilarious adventures in far flung places and goes where most of us would never dare. Troost’s exploration of China from Shanghai to Tibet is an entertaining and readable introduction to almost everything Chinese. This is not a book of travel tips but there is plenty of “fair warning” here about the difficulties of travel in China. The telling is often earthy, but then so is China.