Weekly Book List, November 8, 2013

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China's New Socialist Countryside: Modernity Arrives in the Nu River Valley by Russell Harwood (University of Washington Press; 240 pages; $75 hardcover, $30 paperback). Traces the impact of development on Lu, Nu, and Dulong ethnic minorities in Yunnan province.

Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us by S. Lochlann Jain (University of California Press; 309 pages; $60 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal