Books by Li Cunxin

MAO’S LAST DANCER by Li Cunxin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A compelling story for ballet-lovers and all others. (photographs, timeline) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
In this "Young Readers' Edition" of his adult memoir, the Chinese-born dancer recounts his childhood and dance training during the Cultural Revolution, followed by his defection to dance in America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 22, 2008

"It's all about a young man far from home keeping stories close to his heart. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Born into extreme poverty in Mao's China, the author was able, through happenstance, determination and yes, talent, to achieve an amazing career as a ballet dancer in the West. Read full book review >
MAO’S LAST DANCER by Li Cunxin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2004

"Nicely written and humane: for anyone interested in modern Chinese history or for fans of dance."
A prominent ballet dancer revisits the strange course that led him from a Chinese hamlet to the world stage. Read full book review >