Books by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler is a Beijing correspondent for the New Yorker. A native of Columbia, Missouri, he studied English literature at Princeton and Oxford before going to China as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1996. His two year experience of teaching English in Ful

STRANGE STONES by Peter Hessler
Released: April 16, 2013

"A rich, vibrant collection that pries wide the door to the East, welcoming Western readers inside."
A collection of personal essays and profiles that reveal the wonders and woes of the East. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"The human side of China's great transformation, told with humor, affection and great insight."
On the road in China with New Yorker staff writer Hessler (Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present, 2006, etc.), as he explores the remnants of its dying rural past and its booming, uncertain urban future. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2006

"A remarkable travelogue documenting aspects of a country still little understood."
China is a country both ancient and brand-new—and, to judge by this revealing portrait, likely to be increasingly at odds with the U.S. Read full book review >
RIVER TOWN by Peter Hessler
Released: Feb. 2, 2001

"A vivid and touching tribute to a place and its people."
A two-year sojourn in a small city in central China yields this youthful, gracefully impressionistic portrait of a time and place from newcomer Hessler. Read full book review >