"Part travelogue and part cultural exchange, the book luxuriates in wide-open spaces and the simple wonder of the everyday... The book balances both beauty and accessibility on every page.”
—Named one of '51 favorite books of 2021' by the Washington Independent Review of Books
"Winter Pasture is Li Juan's crowning achievement, shattering the boundaries between nature writing and personal memoir."
"Li Juan spent minus-20-degree nights with nomadic herders in the Chinese steppes. You’ll want to join her."
—Laura Miller, Slate
"Deeply moving...full of humor, introspection and glimpses into a vanishing lifestyle."
—Sebastian Modak, The New York Times Book Review
“Chinese journalist Juan makes her stateside debut with a magnificent tale about traveling through the freezing tundra of northern China... A seamless blend of memoir, travelogue, and nature writing, Juan’s skillful prose paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of a remote world…This mesmerizing memoir impresses on every page.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A warm portrait of stark, strenuous lives in remote China...A rare look at a disappearing world."
"Near the end of Winter Pasture Li Juan asks herself what it means to be “a passerby” in the lives of others. Her intimate depiction of a family of Kazakh herders is itself an answer to that complicated travel writer question: to connect the reader with people and stories she likely otherwise would never encounter. In doing so, Li Juan is an empathetic, interrogative, and entertaining chronicler. She offers up a fascinating portrait of life in one of the world’s most remote corners."
—Rachel Friedman, author of The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost and And Then We Grew Up
"More than just an exotic travel diary, Winter Pasture reflects on the relationships not just between humans and nature in the harshest of environments, but also between the Han Chinese and China’s Kazakh minority.”
—Nicky Harman, Literary Hub