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A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy
A Year Without Made in China One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy Author:Sara Bongiorni, Sara Bongiorni Includes a Foreword by Joel L. Naroff, PhD, — President, Naroff Economic Advisors, Inc. — Chief Economist, Commerce Bank "Over the past century, Americans' images of China have fluctuated wildly from victim, to heroic fighter, to Communist fanatic. We have loved them and feared them. And now, as Sara Bongiorni shows in vivid personal terms, we... more » are in a new phase where it is a little of both. China has become an economic giant that can step on our toes, but that we must embrace."
John Maxwell Hamilton, Dean and Hopkins P. Breazeale Foundation Professor Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University "When the writer resolves to forgo Chinese imports for one year, she leads her lively family in a fascinating experiment that requires surprising feats of will power and ingenuity. The family's adventure through the maze of modern America's consumer life is both thought provoking and delightful to read. Those little 'Made in China' labels will never seem the same again."
Mark Fabiani, former White House special counsel and media/political consultant "Breaking up is indeed hard to do, as Sara Bongiorni proves in this winning memoir of her household's one-year boycott of Chinese products. Equal parts Erma Bombeck and economics, A Year Without 'Made in China' is that lively miraclea crash course in globalization that is also consummately entertaining."
Danny Heitman, columnist for The Advocate (Baton Rouge) "A funny and engaging story about one family's experiment in our global economy. The Bongiorni family does without sneakers, sunglasses, and printer cartridges, but develops a dogged creativity and much needed sense of humor. The myriad moral complexities in the relationship between American consumers and Chinese factory are evident in each shopping trip."
Pietra Rivoli, PhD, Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University and author, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy "You will never go shopping the same way again! It's impossible to read Sara Bongiorni's book and not be captivated by the complexity and challenge of her task, and to then try it yourself for a day and fail miserably at it by lunchtime. This is the rare book that makes you think about how big global issues actually hit home, and it will have you discussing those issues with your friends."
Chuck Jaffe, Senior Columnist, MarketWatch host, Your Money (www.yourmoneyradio.net)« less
Author writes well, but I had a problem with the format. Would've been great as a blog, or series of essays, or a (long) article; however, as a non-fiction book, the "Everything's from China!" point is made early on ... and then over and over again, reducing the book to a not-always-interesting memoir instead.
Although I thought this book was a quick, enjoyable read that got you thinking about the pervasiveness of âMade In Chinaâ products, I was bothered by the author's state of mind through much of the boycott. I'm not sure if she exaggerated for comic effect or was really that crazy or obsessed, but it started to rub me the wrong way. I do think it raises interesting questions about how many products are Made in Chinaâ¦.I defy anyone who reads this book to not start checking labels!!
Vitallia reviewed A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's True Life Adventure in the Global Economy on
Helpful Score: 3
This book kept me entertained from the beginning. Though I doubt I too will attempt to go for a year without buying things made in China, the authors struggles have made me more aware of how difficult it is to find things made in other countries. Now, I find myself looking at the label and wondering "do I really need this." This is a book I would recommend to anyone, and is one I will more than likely read again.
I expected alot more from this book, since alot of friends raved about it. As a matter of fact, I forced myself to try to finish it, and finally gave up 3/4's of the way thru. It seemed the book was focused on the trouble she had getting her kids toys that weren't made in China, and a lot of time trying to figure out how to break her own rules, by asking other people to "gift" them things that were made in China.