Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Susan Jane Gilman Top Book of the Month, March 2009

Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, March 2009

Featured in Oprah’s O Magazine, April 2009 “Editor’s Top Ten Nonfiction Picks for 2009 So Far,” August 2009

Best-selling author Susan Jane Gilman’s new memoir, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, is a flat-out page-turner, and astonishing true story of hubris and redemption.  In 1986, fresh out of college, Gilman and her friend Claire yearned to do something daring and original that did not involve getting a job.  Inspired by a placemat at an International House of Pancakes, they decided to embark on an ambitious trip around the globe, starting in the People’s Republic of China. 

As they ventured off the map deep into Chinese territory, they were stripped of everything familiar and forced to confront their limitations amid culture shock and government surveillance.  What began as a journey full of humor, eroticism, and enlightenment, grew increasingly sinister—becoming a real-life international adventure that transformed them forever.

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Praise for Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven: 

 “This is riveting stuff; part coming-of-age story, part travel journal, part political thriller, and completely unputdownable.” – O Magazine

“Edge-of-your-seat…crosses into thriller territory.” – USA Today

“Never have I felt in such honest company on a journey away from home and into our own messy hearts and minds. With her trademark intelligent, irreverent voice, Gilman takes us on a journey that feels terrifyingly real. The woman is no less than a godsend to the reading world.” – Alexandra Fuller

“Youthfully upbeat, Gilman delivers an entertaining memoir of her ill-starred attempt to circumnavigate the globe after college in 1986 . . . offering the full wallop of disorienting, in-the-moment, transformative travel adventures.” – Publishers Weekly

 “A standout travel memoir…Gilman’s descriptions of their trials and tribulations crackle with wit…Together, the two travel to places never before visited by Westerners, making for a trip neither will ever forget, and now, neither will Gilman’s readers.” – Booklist

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