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Next week, as a celebration of the anniversary of its publication, and as a gift to all the great people I’ve met this year as part of the Peaceful Revolution, Double Happiness will be free in all formats: e-book, audiobook, paperback, and hardcover.

A journal of politics, philosophy, travel, China, and the inner life by Tony Brasunas, author of Double Happiness.
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As published in the Buddhist Journal, Rightview Quarterly, this is an account of a ten-day meditation retreat I took in 2008.

"Just observe,” said the guru’s voice. “Whatever the sensation, just observe.”

I had been seated cross-legged, eyes closed, for what felt like hours and had probably been at least 15 minutes. The pain shooting through my back was excruciating.
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"'Just observe,' said the guru’s voice. “Whatever the sensation, just observe.”

I had been seated cross-legged, eyes closed, for what felt like hours and had probably been at least 15 minutes. The pain shooting through my back was excruciating. "

An account of a 10-day vipassana meditation retreat I did in 2008
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"A man's perspective was just so interesting and different - I loved it."

This left me wanting to plan my own adventure, just as so many of my other favorites have -- Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert -- among others. A man's perspective was just so interesting and different -- I loved...
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"The author does an amazing job of relating fears and joys..."

"And all within a well written story."
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Pleased to announce that the book is available for free today via Choosy Bookworm's read & review feature.

Share with anyone interested in travel, China, teaching abroad, or coming of age stories memoirs.

Tony Brasunas’s award-winning debut memoir is a portrait of life in China and a groundbreaking story of coming of age in today’s era of globalization.
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"The author courageously bares his soul..."

This tale, Double Happiness, was a real pleasure to read. Having traveled abroad myself as a young man, I immediately connected with the author’s compassion and respect for China’s history, cultural diversity, and challenging social structure...
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I can't wait to escape into China through your eyes,Tony Brasunas. Thank you for your generosity and your gift of words.

“Do you want to tickle the dragon?”

My father was calling up to me. I was curled near the ceiling in a carpeted cubby he had built as a loft space. Lying on my belly like a snake, I sorted golden rivets into piles: long, yellow brass ones; shorter, reddish copper ones; dull, gray steel ones. It was fun and important work, but I could never resist tickling the dragon.

I climbed down the ladder and stepped onto the sooty concrete floor. The smell of coal hung in the air around ...

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Enjoy your Presidents' Weekend. This weekend is your last chance to get Double Happiness for (nearly) free.

Go to http://doublehappy.be/double-happiness-nearly-free-new-yea…/

Tony Brasunas's award-winning debut memoir is a portrait of life in China and a groundbreaking story of coming of age in today's era of globalization.
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"Double Happiness is a book I have read and will read again. I read the story from a parent's point of view, a lover of history, interpersonal and intercultural communication. As a parent, I considered how to anticipate a young adult child's adventure in the world, the hope to make a difference in the world, and what it means to be free and survive. It was and is fascinating to learn about China at the story's point in history and observe today's China. This book would be an excellent choice for any book club, and also for a "summer reading selection" for students entering a University" -- Mrs B in her review.

Thank you for joining the journey.

Review of Double Happiness by Tony Brasunas on Amazon.com
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"Powerful first hand experience of an American backpacking through China..."

Thank you Mr. Thomas for your review.

Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Double Happiness: One Man's Tale of Love, Loss, and Wonder on the Long Roads of China at Amazon.com. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.
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The Prologue
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"Do you want to tickle the dragon?”

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My father was calling up to me. I was curled near the ceiling in a carpeted cubby he had built as a loft space. Lying on my belly like a snake, I sorted golden rivets into piles: long, yellow brass ones; shorter, reddish copper ones; dull, gray steel ones. It was fun and important work, but I could never resist tickling the dragon.

I climbed down the ladder and stepped onto the sooty concrete floor. The smell of coal hung in the air around my father’s brick forge. I grabbed hold of the wooden peg on the giant black wheel and pulled it down. The wheel began to turn. Because I wasn’t tall enough, I let the wheel spin the peg back up, and I caught it again as it came down, pulling again so the wheel began to turn faster. Heat radiated in intensifying waves from the hole in the center of the forge, and embers of hot orange and gold flew from the hole. The dragon was breathing!

“That’s it,” said my father. “Good. He’s awake.” In iron tongs he clutched a long piece of black steel that maybe, finally, he would make into a sword instead of..."

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The opening chapter of Double Happiness.
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"A journey across China and through the soul of a young American."

My book. The week of giving the book away ends this weekend. Get or give a copy if an inspirational journey through China sounds like your thing.

A journal of politics, philosophy, travel, China, and the inner life by Tony Brasunas, author of Double Happiness.
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"A journey across China and through the soul of a young American."

This week, entering the new year, as a celebration of human potential and possibility, and as a gift to you or to a friend, the book is free.
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"The subtle wisdom of life reveals:

The slow and soft overcome the fast and hard."

- Tao Te Ching, 36