Shanghai Homes Palimpsests of Private LifeJie Li, Columbia University Press, 2014

In the dazzling global metropolis of Shanghai, what has it meant to call this city home? In this account–part microhistory, part memoir–Jie Li salvages intimate recollections by successive generations of inhabitants of two vibrant, culturally mixed Shanghai alleyways from the Republican, Maoist, and post-Mao eras. Exploring three dimensions of private life–territories, artifacts, and gossip–Li re-creates the sounds, smells, look, and feel of home over a tumultuous century.

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