Reviewing books is one of my favorite side projects, and this summer I got to read and review a book that I genuinely loved: Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo. Her previous book, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, looks equally amazing. Told in the point of view of a Chinese student studying English, it starts out in her broken English prose, and gradually improves as she masters the language. Nice.
Guo also takes photos, and also makes films--films that look incredible, if a bit elusive here in the States. If she creates movies with the same beauty and clarity of her novels, they're well worth the effort to find.