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The Last Hero
A Life of Henry Aaron
Written by Howard Bryant


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27992-7 (0-307-27992-8)

In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry (Hank) Aaron’s reputation has only grown in magnitude. But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures.

Based on meticulous research and extensive interviews The Last Hero reveals how Aaron navigated... Read more >

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Sento at Sixth and Main
Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage
Written by Gail Dubrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-208-9 (1-58834-208-5)

Quietly elegant, yet issuing a clarion call for intervention, Sento at Sixth and Main rediscovers early Japanese American culture and presents an indisputable case for the preservation of ten key landmarks in California and Washington. The authors recreate the Japanese American experience, intertwining rich oral histories from community members with current... Read more >

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I Begin My Life All Over
The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7235-6 (0-8070-7235-4)

I Begin My Life All Over is an oral history of 36 real-life strangers in a strange land, an intimate study of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.

“Faderman has collected oral histories from individuals ranging from adults who escaped through the jungles of Laos, to the American-born teenagers anxious to negotiate... Read more >

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Racecraft
The Soul of Inequality in American Life
Written by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-313-2 (1-78168-313-1)

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon... Read more >

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The Children

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-00439-5 (0-449-00439-2)

A New York Times notable book The Children is David Halberstam's brilliant and moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement, as seen through the story of the young people--the Children--who met in the 1960s and went on to lead the revolution.  Magisterial in scope, with a strong you-are-there... Read more >

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China in Ten Words

Written by Yu Hua
Translated by Allan H. Barr


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73979-7 (0-307-73979-1)

From one of China’s most acclaimed writers: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades.

Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words uses personal stories and astute analysis to reveal as never before the world’s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hybrid Tiger
Secrets of the Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids
Written by Quanyu Huang


Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-851-5 (1-61614-851-9)

Why do Asian and Asian-American students consistently perform so well on standardized tests? Why are students of Asian descent disproportionately admitted to America’s top colleges?

This informative and entertainingly written comparison of educational methods in America and China answers these questions and more, while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each culture’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prison Baby
A Memoir
Written by Deborah Jiang Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-9810-3 (0-8070-9810-8)

Prison Baby is a revised and substantially expanded version of Deborah Jiang Stein’s self-published memoir, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus. Even at twelve years old, Deborah, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her mixed Asian features set her apart from her white, well-intentioned parents who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Falling Leaves
The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Written by Adeline Yen Mah


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 6, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0357-8 (0-7679-0357-9)

With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains, Falling Leaves is a rare, authentic portrait of twentieth-century China. A compelling, painful, and ultimately triumphant story of a girl's journey into adulthood, Adeline's story is... Read more >

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The Moon Pearl

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 22, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8349-9 (0-8070-8349-6)

In the tradition of Thousand Pieces of Gold comes The Moon Pearl, the story of Rooster, Shadow, and Mei Ju, who become fast friends while members of a girls’ house, where young daughters are taught to become daughters-in-law. These girls, however, want neither to marry nor become nuns (the only options... Read more >

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Thousand Pieces of Gold

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 25, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8381-9 (0-8070-8381-X)

Lalu Nathoy’s father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a... Read more >

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The Dream of Water
A Memoir
Written by Kyoko Mori


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 16, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91043-6 (0-449-91043-1)

In an extraordinary memoir that is both a search for belonging and a search for understanding, Japanese-American author Kyoko Mori travels back to Kobe, Japan, the city of her birth, in an unspoken desire to come to terms with the memory of her mother's suicide and the family she left behind... Read more >

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Polite Lies
On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures
Written by Kyoko Mori


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 6, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00428-9 (0-449-00428-7)

In this powerful and exquisitely crafted book, notable author Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring. From her unhappy childhood in Japan, weighted by a troubled family and a constricting culture, to the American Midwest, where she found herself free to... Read more >

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Where the Body Meets Memory
An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity
Written by David Mura


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 16, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47184-8 (0-385-47184-X)

From the winner of a 1995 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers Award comes a sensual memoir that explores America's racial and sexual taboos, the consequences of assimilation, and raising children in a world that refuses to honor its racial diversity. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cleanest Race
How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
Written by B.R. Myers


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-34-9 (1-935554-34-4)

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Half and Half
Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Written by Claudine C. O'Hearn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like "What are you?" and "Where are you from?" aren't answered--they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Aching for Beauty
Footbinding in China
Written by Wang Ping


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72136-3 (0-385-72136-6)

In this award-winning inquiry into the centuries-old custom of footbinding, poet, novelist, and scholar Wang Ping offers a fresh perspective on a shocking practice.

By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire for tiny feet–years after footbinding had been outlawed in China–Wang unleashes a fascinating exploration of the history... Read more >

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The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee
Observations on Not Fitting In
Written by Paisley Rekdal


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70855-8 (0-375-70855-3)

When you come from a mixed race background as Paisley Rekdal does — her mother is Chinese American and her father is Norwegian– thorny issues of identity politics, and interracial desire are never far from the surface. Here in this hypnotic blend of personal essay and travelogue, Rekdal journeys throughout Asia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sammy Wong, All-American

Written by Charley Rosen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-545-6 (1-60980-545-3)

Sammy Wong, All-American tells the tale of a very talented Asian basketball player’s rise and stumble in the all-American sport of basketball—among the most international of team sports, yet one where until very recently Asians were completely unrepresented. The novel unwinds in spectacular fashion. On his high school, college, and professional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yellow Peril!
An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear
Written by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-123-7 (1-78168-123-6)

The “yellow peril” is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture–indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is... Read more >

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Vietnamerica
A Family's Journey
Written by GB Tran


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0 (0-345-50872-6)

A TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Memoir of All Time
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2011 Library Journal Best Graphic Novel

Selected for common reading at Davidson College


A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are... Read more >

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The 47 Ronin
A Graphic Novel
Written by Sean Michael Wilson
Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-137-8 (1-61180-137-0)

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin–all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply... Read more >
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