Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
This is a book about a ballet dancer who started his life as a poor boy in rural China. He goes on to international ballet stardom after managing to leave China. I thought that some parts of this book really dragged but perhaps this is because it is an autobiography so can be excused a bit.
In some ways this was a remarkable story, but the tense moments with defecting from China didn't seem to really be emphasized that much. Granted, the fear of being returned to China later on did permeate many later chapter.
Cunxin is really lucky is the upshot of this story (yes, he worked hard but the chances provided him were many many parts luck). It was still a good story nonetheless.
Disclaimer: I won this from First Reads.