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DOUBLE HAPPINESS: One Man's Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China

Double Happiness is a book for armchair travelers, English teachers, China buffs, adventure backpackers, young people in their twenties and thirties seeking a place in this swiftly changing world, and readers of all ages curious about a young man's internal awakening in a foreign land.

"A life-altering experience... teaching, traveling, and transformation."
    - San Jose Mercury News

"A very talented writer... a journey filled with rich insight."
    - Writer's Digest Book Awards

"Inspirational and striking, Double Happiness is travel writing at its best."
    - Midwest Book Review

"A journey of discovery by a brave and sensitive observer of culture."
    - Jason Elliot, author of An Unexpected Light

A journey across China and through the soul of a young American, Double Happiness combines exquisite travel writing with a groundbreaking story of coming of age in the era of globalization.

Tony Brasunas had never left the United States nor taught a class on anything when he arrived in hot, coastal Guangzhou, China, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the language. He was thrown in front of thirty-seven awestruck ninth graders. Trial and error in the classroom, trickery and generosity in the street markets, and conversations over mouth-watering rabbit with new friends fueled a hunger to understand China and drew him deeper and deeper into his new community.

When the school year ended, a harder and sweeter journey began. With just a backpack and a handful of wild expectations, he set off alone across the vastness of China, along the Silk Road in the north, and to the edge of ancient Tibet in the west. His rugged path brought friendship, danger, romance, and wild encounters with fate that transformed his basic understanding of right and wrong, beauty and love, suffering and happiness.

Tony Brasunas grew up on a hippie spiritual commune in West Virginia. He attended a public high school in Atlanta and a small college in New England, then he boarded a plane for the People's Republic of China. He poured years of his life into writing Double Happiness out of gratitude for his experiences and discoveries while there. When he's not writing, he's working at a solar energy company in Oakland, kicking a soccer ball with kids, playing guitar with friends, or traveling with his wife.

Excerpts have appeared in China, a Travelers' Tales Press anthology of narrative writing on China, and in Travelmag, a British online travel magazine.

Title: Double Happiness: One Man's Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China
Author: Tony Brasunas
Publisher: Torchpost
Publication Date: December 12, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-991166244
Format: Print, E-book
Binding: Casebound, Trade paper
Language: English

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