WARM CUP OF WISDOM

Author Dori Jones Yang sits down with nine women she admires as wise and asks personal questions about how to navigate the second half of life.

 

With humility, honesty, and humor, these nine bold women open their lives to her with warm advice and touching stories.  You'll find here a remarkable variety of insights about how to improve relationships, cope with tough emotions, navigate rocky transitions at midlife, and achieve a sense of calm and contentment.

 

This book provides a roadmap and a challenge for you to embark on your own "wisdom project." You will find wisdom all around you, if you dare to ask.

For more detailed information, check out this link, which included the Twenty Questions asked of each woman.

COCOONS OF SILK

Any reader with a romantic heart and curiosity about life in China during the early 20th century will find this true story fascinating. A Chinese man recalls the tangled love story that wrapped him in cocoons of silk in his youth and caused him to make what we’d call today unwise decisions. 

 

A gifted young teacher with a flair for writing music and street operas during a turbulent time in Chinese history, he rebels against the old-fashioned custom of arranged marriages. But in the era, love matches were scandalous, and those who sent love letters left themselves open to blackmail. How will he disentangle himself? And how will it change his life forever?

 

This lively, surprising memoir was written in Chinese by Ping-Nan Yang, during his eighties in Taiwan, before he died. It was translated into English by his son, Paul Yang, and daughter-in-law, Dori Jones Yang.

AFTER THE BITTER COMES THE SWEET by Yulin Rittenberg

This astonishing memoir relates the tumultuous life story of a Chinese woman whose loyalty to the Communist Party was shattered when her American husband, Sidney Rittenberg, was arrested on false charges and jailed for ten years in China.

 

Born into dire poverty during wartime China, as a young girl Yulin found opportunity, education, and hope in the Communist Party. After a childhood of foraging for edible weeds, she was given the opportunity to learn radio technology and transferred to Beijing, where she rose within China’s Broadcast Administration. There she met and married Sidney Rittenberg, one of the first foreigners permitted to join the Communist Party of China. He had befriended Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and other leaders of the Party in its formative days before their victory in 1949.

 

Together, Sidney and Yulin built a life full of promise, with four children, in Beijing. But in 1968, their dreams were shattered when Sidney was thrown into prison, accused of spying for America. Reviled as a “dog-spy’s wife,” Yulin was confined, persecuted, sent to labor camp, and separated from her young children.

 

This story is a tale of determination, resilience, and struggle, with lessons for any reader who faces what seems to be insurmountable trouble. 

 
 
 
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