Home Is A Roof Over A Pig

Home Is A Roof Over A Pig

An American Family's Journey in China

Book - 2012
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aWhen all-American Aminta Arrington moves from suburban Georgia to a small town in China, she doesn't go alone. Her army husband and three young children, including an adopted Chinese daughter, uproot themselves too. Aminta hopes to understand the country with its long civilization, ancient philosophy, and complex language. She is also determined that her daughter Grace, born in China, regain some of the culture she lost when the Arringtons brought her to America as a baby.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781590208991
Branch Call Number: 951.061 ARR
Characteristics: 319 pages : map ; 24 cm

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Librarydog
Jun 05, 2014

What a wonderful way to get to know something about modern-day China! Aminta Arrington's experiences learning the language and how to get along in the culture, along with the interesting differences in child-raising and fascinating glimpses of history entwined in the pictographic written Chinese language kept me reading long past my bedtime.

During her annual visit to the U.S., Mrs. Arrington will give author talks at our libraries - one in her hometown of Lynden, Washington. I can't wait to hear her speak on her experiences!

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readingthewater
Nov 25, 2013

This book is unusual in the genre of "American comments on China" because it is not written by a single China-based journalist or a regular travel writer, but a mom of three who is teaching English to college students and trying to embrace her adopted daughter's culture. Aminta works her way through the symbol-language and relates insights to her family and Chinese culture. Yes, she is minded by the building manager and can't ever change being a foreigner; but, she is able to do that enviable thing, become an accepted part of a very different place.

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AaronBF
Aug 06, 2012

I really enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Arrington's writing is funny at times, poignant at others and always interesting. She is transparent enough to admit when she has shortcomings, and those shortcomings make her very relatable and human. Her examinations of the pictographs that make up the Chinese language were very interesting. I enjoyed her look at the pros and cons of the Chinese education system.

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