I absolutely loved this book by Michael Levy. One of those books you wish was double in length just so you can keep reading.
It’s a memoir about his experience teaching with Peace Corps in a smaller city in China in the mid 00’s. These “memoirs involving foreign countries” are the types of books I usually go for, but this one was exceptional because it’s so hilarious.
The guy is obviously really intelligent and wants to do a good job in his position, but he doesn’t have the serious “I’m gonna save the world” attitude like some others I’ve read.
He’s totally honest about having the hots for his Chinese teacher, getting drunk with his hosts, and his struggles with the local food as a former vegetarian.
His stories throughout the two years give an interesting look at the different political views of his students and colleagues without getting too in depth and boring.
Lots of the stories are just funny things he encounters in every day life. His description of the English names some students choose (“Shitty” and “Pussy”) had me laughing so hard I was crying.
I think this book would appeal to a much larger variety of people than the last book I reviewed.