He named his favorite travel books for The Week. One title on the list:
River Town by Peter Hessler (HarperCollins, $15).Read about the other books on Stewart's list.
A Peace Corps volunteer describes two years teaching in a Chinese city on the Yangtze. Hessler’s 2006 book is open to the comedy of the everyday; it’s self-deprecating, respectful, and funny. It captures the provincialism, the modernity, the xenophobia, and the energy of modern China.
River Town also made Oliver August's five best list of "guides to China and its history."