A Year Without "Made in China": One Family's TrueLife Adventure in the Global Economy

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A Year Without "Made in China" provides you with a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining account of how the most populous nation on Earth influences almost every aspect of our daily lives. Drawing on her years as an award-winning journalist, author Sara Bongiorni fills this book with engaging stories and anecdotes of her family's attempt to outrun China's reach-by boycotting Chinese made products-and does a remarkable job of taking a decidedly big-picture issue and breaking it down to a personal level.

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Journalist Bongiorni, on a post–Christmas day mired deep in plastic toys and electronics equipment, makes up her mind to live for a year without buying any products made in China, a decision spurred less by notions of idealism or fair trade though she does note troubling statistics on job loss and trade deficits than simply "to see if it can be done." In this more personal vein, Bongiorni tells often funny, occasionally humiliating stories centering around her difficulty procuring sneakers, sunglasses, DVD players and toys for two young children and a skeptical husband. With little insight into global economics or China′s manufacturing practices, readers may question the point of singling out China when cheap, sweatshop–produced products from other countries are fair game (though Bongiorni cheerfully admits the flaws in her project, she doesn′t consider fixing them). Still, Bongiorni is a graceful, self–deprecating writer, and her comic adventures in self–imposed inconvenience cast an interesting sideways glance at the personal effects of globalism, even if it doesn′t easily connect to the bigger picture. (July)  ( Publishers Weekly, August 6, 2007)

"a wry look at the ingenuity it takes to shun the planet′s fastest–growing economy." (Bloomberg News)

"The West′s dependence on Chinese exports was neatly summed up"  (The Telegraph, Sunday 12th August 2007)

"What the year–long experiment did achieve, was to switch on Bongiorni as a consumer and make her alive to the complexities and shifting power of the international economy. (Financial Times, Saturday 25th August)

"...a fascinating and entertaining look at just how much of a challenge an average consumer faces...to avoid buying Chinese goods."  (Supply Management, Thursday 31st January 2008)



"...an interesting sideways glance at the personal effects of globalism..." ( Publishers Weekly, August 6, 2007)

"a wry look at the ingenuity it takes to shun the planet′s fastest–growing economy." (Bloomberg News, Tues 31st July 2007)

"The West′s dependence on Chinese exports was neatly summed up"  (The Telegraph, Sunday 12th August 2007)

"What the year–long experiment did achieve, was to switch on Bongiorni as a consumer." (Financial Times, Saturday 25th August)

"...a fascinating and entertaining look at just how much of a challenge [...a...] consumer faces...to avoid buying Chinese goods."  (Supply Management, Thursday 31st January 2008)

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This title includes a Foreword by Joel L. Naroff, PhD, President, Naroff Economic Advisors Incorporated, Chief Economist, Commerce Bank. 'Over the past century, Americans' images of China have fluctuated wildly from victim, to heroic fighter, to Communist fanatic. We have loved them and feared them. And now, as Sara Bongiorni shows in vivid personal terms, we are in a new phase where it is a little of both. China has become an economic giant that can step on our toes, but that we must embrace' - John Maxwell Hamilton, Dean and Hopkins P. Breazeale Foundation Professor Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.'When the writer resolves to forgo Chinese imports for one year, she leads her lively family in a fascinating experiment that requires surprising feats of will power and ingenuity. The family's adventure through the maze of modern America's consumer life is both thought provoking and delightful to read. Those little 'Made in China' labels will never seem the same again' - Mark Fabiani, former White House special counsel and media/political consultant.

'Breaking up is indeed hard to do, as Sara Bongiorni proves in this winning memoir of her household's one-year boycott of Chinese products. Equal parts Erma Bombeck and economics, "A Year Without 'Made in China'" is that lively miracle - a crash course in globalization that is also consummately entertaining' - Danny Heitman, columnist for "The Advocate" (Baton Rouge).'A funny and engaging story about one family's experiment in our global economy. The Bongiorni family does without sneakers, sunglasses, and printer cartridges, but develops a dogged creativity and much needed sense of humor. The myriad moral complexities in the relationship between American consumers and Chinese factory are evident in each shopping trip' - Pietra Rivoli, PhD, Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University and author, "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy". 'You will never go shopping the same way again! It's impossible to read Sara Bongiorni's book and not be captivated by the complexity and challenge of her task, and to then try it yourself for a day and fail miserably at it by lunchtime.

This is the rare book that makes you think about how big global issues actually hit home, and it will have you discussing those issues with your friends' - Chuck Jaffe, Senior Columnist, "MarketWatch" host, "Your Money".

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