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Mark Salzman
Mark Salzman

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  • About this Author
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Mark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, an account of his two years in China; Lost in Place, a memoir; and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the filmmaker Jessica Yu, and their daughter, Ava.

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Iron and Silk

Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1987
Price: $15.95

Salzman captures post-Cultural Revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.

"Salzman demonstrates with skill and subtlety just how Chinese society works."—The Washington Post

"Gong fu, or 'skill that transcends mere surface beauty'...no other term is as... Read more >
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Iron and Silk

Written by Mark Salzman


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 21, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Laughing Sutra

Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1992
Price: $15.95

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The Laughing Sutra

Written by Mark Salzman


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Lost In Place
Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $15.00

From the author of Iron & Silk comes a charming and frequently uproarious account of an American adolescence in the age of Bruce Lee, Ozzy Osborne, and Kung Fu. As Salzman recalls coming of age with one foot in Connecticut and the other in China (he wanted to become a wandering... Read more >
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Lost In Place
Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 14, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Lying Awake
A Novel
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.00

Mark Salzman's Lying Awake is a finely wrought gem that plumbs the depths of one woman's soul, and in so doing raises salient questions about the power-and price-of faith.

Sister John's cloistered life of peace and prayer has been electrified by ever more frequent visions of God's radiance, leading her toward a... Read more >
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Lying Awake
A Novel
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 16, 2003
Price: $11.99

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The Soloist

Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 7, 1995
Price: $15.00

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The Soloist

Written by Mark Salzman


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 21, 2011
Price: $11.99

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True Notebooks
A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $15.95

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks... Read more >

True Notebooks
A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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