Reading: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven | Susan Jane Gilman


JoAnna is a globe-trotting, idea-inventing, culture-collecting creativity connoisseur with a global family of foreign exchange students and rescue pets. You can also find JoAnna at

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  1. TeacherGig says:

    Thanks for the book review. This does sound like a very interesting read. It is a bit tiresome to read the same I-went-there-and-became-a-better-person stories. Maybe this one still has that element, but taking a different route.

    What I do know from my own travel experience is that I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve been in a few situations that could have gone sideways quick, but always got out OK. And only Taiwan has ever given me real problems… Mostly because I live there and it’s an intense experience. It’s love and hate all rolled into one.

    So thanks for the book idea. I’m going to check this one out once I clear out my reading list.

    • JoAnna says:

      Yes, this book was definitely NOT what I expected it to be. You’re right, a lot of travel memoirs chronicle some sort of life-changing transformation for the better, but that is definitely not the case here. I was on the edge of my seat with this one, for all the unexpected reasons!

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