"American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China" by Matthew Polly

OK, so maybe I have a thing for "weakling memoirs" but this tale about a Midwesterner who ventures to the East to test his mettle and debunk Chinese cultural myths along the way is hilarious. A bound gift for every child of the '80s who grew up watching <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV000000115531" title="Kung Fu (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/kung-fu-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV000000115531.topic">Kung Fu</a> theater and secretly wished they could be <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002985" title="Bruce Lee" href="/topic/entertainment/bruce-lee-PECLB002985.topic">Bruce Lee</a> AND <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000867" title="David Carradine" href="/topic/entertainment/television/david-carradine-PECLB000867.topic">David Carradine</a> when they became an adult. -- Darcel Rockett
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OK, so maybe I have a thing for "weakling memoirs" but this tale about a Midwesterner who ventures to the East to test his mettle and debunk Chinese cultural myths along the way is hilarious. A bound gift for every child of the '80s who grew up watching Kung Fu theater and secretly wished they could be Bruce Lee AND David Carradine when they became an adult. -- Darcel Rockett

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