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Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz (Crown, 2016)

World Magazine Best Books of the Year

Telegraph Best Travel Books of the Year

“Poignant and enjoyable… Schmitz’s eye for scenes and ear for dialogue give an immediacy to his stories that more expository works often lack.” —New York Times Book Review

“This beautifully conceived and written book conveys the joys, the tragedies, the comedy, and the vivid humanity of modern China. Years from now people will turn to this book to understand the China of this era.” —James Fallows, Atlantic, author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square

“A marvel of place-based reporting. This single road illuminates the complexities, contradictions, and funny wonder of today’s China.” —Peter Hessler, author of River Town and Oracle Bones

Eve Claxton