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July 2018 Book of the Month

“The Two Weddings of Zhao Ping”

by Patricia Ann Williams

Reviewed by Anita Finley

We read and hear so many real-life stories about women being held captive by their husbands and yet, this powerfully written novel explores how it can happen, why it involves both parties, and often, it goes beyond repairing the lives that are entangled in the dangerous adventure.

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That being said, let’s go back to the beginning where a young, innocent Chinese woman has no choice but to find a husband, based on tradition, one who has money and position, and must agree to be and do whatever he commands. Zhao Ping (referred to as Ping) wanted to attend school in Beijing, but her father shamed her into doing her duty and marrying someone he chose for her.

The intrigue that follows Ping and her husband, Juanbo makes the reader charge ahead from chapter to chapter, not believing what is in store for them. Intertwining a short and treacherous romance with her husband and then with David, the man who was going to be her passport to the United States. Ping had to become a bigamist to pull this off. Her husband was a brutal man who had ulterior motives, holding Ping captive to do his dirty work. Ping’s character is very well developed which makes the book so real. Mixing the Chinese culture with the American’s casual lifestyle kept Ping living a lie. She was married to Juanbo, but never told David, as she was told to do, so she could accomplish the ultimate of being a wife of an American. But the plot thickens, becoming complicated and dangerous for Ping. The excitement of the plot makes this novel believable, heartbreaking and without giving away the ending, a book, worth reading. The men in Williams’ book were as different as night and day. Both cultures collided and smashed to the reader’s gasping at times, for more servility. Of course, where jealousy and money are involved, one would expect intrigue and desperation. The reason that there is so much realism is that the author spent time in Beijing, teaching and observing. I felt that Ping was very clever, even though she was very young. She handled herself in all situations, whether in New York City, with David, or when in Beijing, she weathered the cultural shock very well.

The author was truly in love with her character, David, as the lovemaking was so real for Ping, a satisfaction she never had with her husband, Juanbo. The pages are wet with passion and caring and that put pressure on Ping to tell David, the real reason she married him. She hoped he would understand but alas, it gets worse since Juanabo was not going to let her divorce him easily. He wanted citizenship to America and Ping was his passport.

You will have to read The Two Weddings of Zhao Ping to get the full story.

About the author: Patricia Ann Williams taught for several semesters in a graduate business program in Beijing University where she developed a keen interest in all things Chinese. While working in China, she found inspiration to write her novel. Currently, she lives with her husband in Boynton Beach and she spends her time writing, playing tennis and ballroom dancing.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

By Anita Finley

Part of a Series

Although Dwayne Johnson is not a superhero out of a comic book, he does have an alter ego. By day he is a somewhat mild-mannered husband and father.

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But at night when he steps into the ring, he becomes the chair-flinging, wisecracking wrestler known as The Rock. In the late 1990s the charismatic Johnson, with his exotic good looks and signature eyebrow arch, helped make World Wrestling Smackdowns a part of must-see TV. By the mid-2000s, he had such a following that he was dividing his time between the mat and the big screen. Some observers felt that Hollywood had found its next big-budget action idol, and many predicted that Johnson would have no problem filling the shoes of America’s favorite muscle-man, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Johnson is a third-generation wrestler. His mother’s father, Peter “High Chief” Maivia, was a professional wrestler of Samoan descent whose heritage served as the basis for his ring persona. Samoa is an island nation located in the South Pacific, and Maivia played the part of an island native, wearing his hair long, wrestling barefoot, and sporting traditional tattoos over most of his body. While on the wrestling circuit he became acquainted with an up-and-coming African American wrestler named Rocky Johnson. During a visit with Maiva’s family, Johnson met High Chief’s daughter, Ata. The two eventually married, and on May 2, 1972, the couple had a son, whom they named Dwayne Douglas Johnson.


• 1 lb. salmon (skin removed), diced
• 1 shallot, minced
• 2 tbsp. capers
• 1 Garlic clove, minced
• Juice and zest of 1 lemon, divided
• 6 tbsp. fresh dill, divided
• 1 egg white
• 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
• 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
• kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
• 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

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1. In a food processor, combine salmon, shallot, capers, garlic, 3 teaspoons lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons dill and pulse several times to combine. Add egg white and panko crumbs and pulse until combined. Transfer to a bowl and divide salmon mixture into 8 patties.

2. Make dip: In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt with remaining lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to use.

3. Make cucumber salad: In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and olive oil. Add cucumber, onion, and remaining dill and toss gently to combine.

4. Season salmon patties with salt and pepper. Heat a lightly oiled nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, then cook salmon patties until golden and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

5. Serve salmon cakes with cucumber salad, yogurt dip, and lemon wedges.

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