Here are a few of the reviews I’ve received on my memoir Farewell My Beijing: The long journey from China to Tucson. Feel free to add your own review on Amazon.com or send it here by going to the form on my Contact Page. – Chi Newman
“Thank you Chi Newman for a wild ride through a remarkable life. The book is a quick read and a fascinating look into life in China before and after the Communist Revolution and the many other places the author lived and made her mark. Thoroughly entertaining.” – M. Chakmakian
“With a light hand, Chi Newman describes her life and travels throughout the world, starting with her sheltered and pampered life with her twin sister in Beijing before the Communist Revolution. The descriptions of life in Beijing inside a walled compound are compelling. Her travels after fleeing China to Taiwan demonstrate her remarkable capacity to meet her challenges with grace and determination. The pages flew by in only a few hours. You’ll be left wanting to know more.” – Graberg
“This book is almost a primer for surviving with grace and grit a life of many disparate circumstances. The author’s memories are fascinating. Her early life of privilege in China and her subsequent escape from the Communist take-over and finding her way in a life very different from anything she had known is fascinating. I enjoyed this book. It seemed real and authentic.” – J. Young
“This book is a delicious account- of culture, politics, and cuisine of many places in the 50′s-70′s. The author does not hesitate to have all the fun there is to be had, and brings you along with her. As I followed along with Ms. Newman from continent to continent, through luxury and upheaval, I got a lovely glimpse of true “world citizenship.” – E. Fatimi
“I just read Chi Newman’s book “Farewell, My Beijing”.
It was a wonderful read. Some parts of the book made me laugh out loud.
Some parts of the book made me sad, for Chi and her sister.
I saw the opening of the Olympics last night in Beijing, and it was so beautiful.
I can see now, what Chi was talking about, when she spoke of all the
Beautiful memories she had in Beijing.
I see now about the Ying and the Yang, how you must have balance in your life.
I would recommend this book to all ages to read.
What a wonderful journey Chi has had through her life,
and she shares it with all of us, in her beautifully written “Farewell, My Beijing.” – Rose Mary
“I read this book in one day and was immediately drawn in by the little Chinese girl and her twin sister from a privileged background in pre-Mao Mandarin China, and how they were, still children, abruptly thrown into the world of international politics, intrigue and romance. Thanks to her early education in an international school and knowledge of languages, her native intelligence and undaunted courage, she eventually emerged into a peaceful life in the Great American Southwest. I was especially intrigued by her undaunted courage as her beloved husband was taken hostage by guerillas and how she survived those stressful years. An excellent read and an inspiring story about a talented woman.” – Doris Schatz
“This short, highly readable memoir is easily consumed in an afternoon.
Take a romp with Chi as her secure and privileged life takes an unexpected turn that sets her on an exciting international adventure that most of us can only dream of. This is a delightful, informative and humorous account of living around the world. I recommend it!” – Penelope
“Wow! I feel like I just completed a high-energy, very personal, guided tour of a most remarkable life. While this first time author did not present a literary masterpiece, I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed reading a book more.
While I was casually acquainted with Chi, since we play at the same bridge club, I had no idea what a fascinating, most unlikely journey she has traveled during her lifetime. Chi writes like she talks, changes thoughts in mid stream, and captures the reader from beginning to end. Now, I just cannot imagine anyone not liking Chi and her book, “Farewell, My Beijing.” – Richard E. Kelly
“Please allow me to share a note I mailed to Chi Newman, my new friend in Tucson:
‘Dear Chi – How delighted I am that we met on the trip to Kartchner Caverns! (I was the one who remarked on your hat.)
I am especially pleased that I was able to buy your book – what a joy it is!
Storytelling is an art, and you, my dear, are an Artist!
I was enchanted with how sweetly your lightness of spirit carried me with you, floating into, through and above all of the wonder-filled experiences that weave your basket of life!
It is said that one must develop her writing ‘voice’ to carry the reader along, as if speaking, to actually capture the art of storytelling.
What delight for me to not just hear your ‘voice’, but your ‘song’ as you write in lightness of spirit.
Whether to enlighten, delight, or lighten up this humble reader, your Memoir fits the bill!
Respectfully with love,’ ” – Caroline Kane Krause