A Blue Moon in China

Memoir about 2 months of travel through China in 1988. 

I was 21. 

I went alone.

ebook is coming soon

My Mother's Idea

My cohort-Comedians-in-Cars-getting-Coffee-watching mother instigated this video ditty.

A Blue Moon in China

 This is the memoir of my odyssey through China in 1988.
The Cold War is still on. The Berlin Wall still stands.
There is no World Wide Web.
Cell phones don’t exist.
I have just turned 21 years old. 

I am alone. 

I don’t know a word of Chinese. 

I have $400 in travelers cheques in the zippered cloth belt strapped around my waist.
All my belongings are in a small backpack.

Photos of my book tour across America via the Amtrak train

Detroit, Chicago, Lamy, NM, 

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, OR, Havre, MT, 

New York City.
- photos coming soon -

in the meantime there are a few fun ones from being on the
Amtrak in 1970  

Praise for A Blue Moon in China

“Verdict: This title is a nice addition to 

women’s studies readings as it chronicles
the kind of travel undertaken with a tattered map
and the recommendations of students met on trains.”

- Library Journal 


“The author weaves bits into the narrative about
The Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong, and The Red Guards… offering insights from an outsider’s perspective.”

- Publisher’s Weekly

“… where [this book] really excels is in the portrait of young people exploring the world and themselves.”

- James Carter, Ph.D., Professor of History,
Saint Joseph’s University

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Elizabeth Pilar