Fan Shen grew up in Beijing and joined the Red Guard when the Cultural Revolution started in 1966. At age 14, he was sent to live with peasants and became a Barefoot Doctor at 17. After four years of harsh life, he escaped to a military aircraft factory where he became an apprentice. He received a B.A. from Lanzhou University, an M.A. from the University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. His book, Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard, was named by American Library Association’s Booklist as its Editors’ Choice for 2005. A story of coming of age in the midst of monumental historical upheaval, Shen’s Gang of One is more than a memoir of one young man’s harrowing ; it is also a picaresque tale of adventure full of courage, cunning, wit, tenacity, resourcefulness, and sheer luck – the story of how Shen managed to scheme his way through a hugely oppressive system and emerge triumphant. Fan Shen is currently a professor of English at Rochester Community and Technical College.