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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday Tea {4-30-09}

Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

The Tea- My tea this week is a White Tea with Blueberry made by Carrington Tea. I couldn't find it on their site; I'm guessing either it is seasonal or they just aren't making it anymore.
From the box: "Carrington white tea is picked from the delicate flowers grown in the tea gardens of the Fujian Province in China."
I initially picked it up because my paternal grandmother's maiden name was Carrington and I was looking for a white tea (not a fan of the green). It's very slightly sweet on it's own (better with a teaspoon of sugar or honey), but with a tart aftertaste. I like it!

The Book- I started reading SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See yesterday. I'm only on page 22, but I'm in love with Lisa See's writing style. Descriptive without getting bogged down (I'm looking at you Stephen King. I love you, but you can be very wordy.) I haven't read any of Lisa See's previous books, but I think I be looking for them in the near future.
From GoodReads: "May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl’s parents arrange for their daughters to marry “Gold Mountain men” who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.

But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel’s Island (the Ellis Island of the West)—where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months—they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she’s pregnant the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America while bound to the old, Shanghai Girls is a fresh, fascinating adventure from beloved and bestselling author Lisa See."
Do they go together- As I said, I'm not that far into the book. I'm noticing a bit of a 'tart aftertaste' to one of the sisters so I'm going to say yes!

There you have it! My very first Thursday Tea post. I like it, bringing two of my very favorite things together. You will definitely see me joining in on this one more often. =)

1 comment:

Beth F said...

Great post! That tea sounds good, I wonder if they'll bring it back. I love Lisa See! I have Shanghai Girls here for a tour in early June, so I'm holding off reading until later in May.

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