Nancy Thomson Waller, daughter of educational missionaries, was born in Nanking, China in 1918—a time of great turmoil. From the South to the North, warlords were being overthrown by Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Army. Amid daily routines, family expeditions, and terrifying moments such as the Looting of 1927, the Thomson family witnessed Nanking’s transformation from a sleepy, medieval city to a modern, bustling capital. My Nanking Home is a very personal memoir recounting a happy childhood in a faraway land. It is a journey back to a another time, another world.