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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 A Year Without "Made in China" provides you with a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining account of how the most populous nation on Earth influences almost every aspect of our daily lives. Drawing on her years as an award-winning journalist, author Sara Bongiorni fills this book with engaging stories and anecdotes... more » of her family's attempt to outrun China's reach–by boycotting Chinese made products–and does a remarkable job of taking a decidedly big-picture issue and breaking it down to a personal level.« 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.