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The Art of Haiku
Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters
Written by Stephen Addiss


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-886-8 (1-59030-886-7)

In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku... Read more >

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The Indian Ideology

Written by Perry Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-259-3 (1-78168-259-3)

Today, the Indian state claims to embody the values of a stable political democracy, a harmonious territorial unity, and a steadfast religious impartiality. Even many of those critical of the inequalities of Indian society underwrite such claims.

The Indian Ideology suggests that the roots of the current ills of the Republic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6755-8 (1-4000-6755-3)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern...
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Tibet: Culture on the Edge

Written by Phil Borges


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3691-8 (0-8478-3691-6)

Firsthand accounts and spectacular photographs combine to form a fascinating portrait of the endangered Tibetan people, their plateau, and their cultural landscape. Known as the “water tower of Asia,” the Tibetan Plateau is heating up twice as fast as the global average. These rapidly melting glaciers-along with recent unprecedented development on... Read more >

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Akbar
The Great Emperor of India 1542-1605
Written by Gian Carlo Calza


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1525-9 (88-572-1525-3)

An amazing catalogue showing the splendors of one of the greatest rulers of the world, India’s Emperor Akbar (1542—1605). Akbar the Great is considered one of the most splendid sovereigns of humankind. Though he never learned to read or write, he was a great protector of poetry and literature, the builder... Read more >

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China's Silent Army
The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image
Written by Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araujo
Translated by Catherine Mansfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34659-7 (0-385-34659-X)

With original and fresh reporting, China's Silent Army is a revealing piece of investigative journalism into the unknown extent of China's global power by two leading Beijing-based journalists, Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo.

From 2009-2011 the authors travelled the globe to investigate how the Chinese are literally making the developing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thank You and Ok!
An American Zen Failure in Japan
Written by David Chadwick


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-470-9 (1-59030-470-5)

David Chadwick began his Zen study under the legendary Japanese master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. Much later, Suzuki Roshi’s successor said of Chadwick: “Years of expensive Zen training gone to waste.”

In 1988 Chadwick flew to Japan to begin a four-year period of voluntary exile and remedial education. In THANK YOU... Read more >

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Factory Girls
From Village to City in a Changing China
Written by Leslie T. Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52018-8 (0-385-52018-2)

Winner of the 2009 Asian American Literary Award For Nonfiction, given by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
One of the Washington Post’s best books of 2008
A Seattle Times best nonfiction book of 2008
One of the Christian... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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English, August
An Indian Story
Written by Upamanyu Chatterjee
Introduction by Akhil Sharma


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-179-0 (1-59017-179-9)

Agastya Sen, the hero of English, August, is a child of the Indian elite. His father is the governor of Bengal. His friends go to Yale and Harvard. He himself has secured a position in the most prestigious and exclusive of Indian government agencies, the IAS.

Agastya’s first assignment is to the... Read more >

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Brothers
A Novel
Written by Da Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9729-6 (1-4000-9729-0)

At the height of China’s Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general’s wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general’s mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Egg on Mao
A Story of Love, Hope and Defiance
Written by Denise Chong


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35580-5 (0-307-35580-2)

The eagerly-awaited new book by Denise Chong, author of the award-winning bestseller, The Concubine’s Children.

In her first book in a decade, Chong tells the story of a man who humiliated a repressive regime in front of the entire world, and whose daring gesture informs our view of human rights to this... Read more >

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The Foremost Good Fortune

Written by Susan Conley


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59406-8 (0-307-59406-8)

When Susan Conley moves with her family to Beijing, she can’t imagine how much their lives will change. While Tony, her husband, is consumed with his job, Susan confronts a host of perplexing firsts: determining the proper way to shop at a Chinese megamarket, bribing her two young sons to ride... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Korean War
A History
Written by Bruce Cumings


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7896-4 (0-8129-7896-X)

A bracing account of a war that lingers in our collective memory as both ambiguous and unjustly ignored.

For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Ninja
The Bansenshukai - Japan's Premier Ninja Manual
Written by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-78028-493-4 (1-78028-493-4)

The Book of Ninja, the ultimate ninjutsu manual, was penned in 1676 by a ninja known as Fujibayashi. Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga - regarded to be the homeland of the ninja - and compiled it into... Read more >

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Nothing to Envy
Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Written by Barbara Demick


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52391-2 (0-385-52391-2)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
(winner to be announced March 10th, 2011)

Winner, 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Nothing to Envy
Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Written by Barbara Demick


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52390-5 (0-385-52390-4)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
(winner to be announced March 10th, 2011)

Winner, 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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India
A Sacred Geography
Written by Diana L Eck


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53192-4 (0-385-53192-3)

In India: A Sacred Geography, renowned Harvard scholar Diana Eck offers an extraordinary spiritual journey through the pilgrimage places of the world's most religiously vibrant culture and reveals that it is, in fact, through these sacred pilgrimages that India’s very sense of nation has emerged.

No matter where one goes in India... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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North Korea/South Korea
U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis
Written by John Feffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 20, 2003
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-603-2 (1-58322-603-6)

The Korean peninsula, divided for more than fifty years, is stuck in a time warp. Millions of troops face one another along the Demilitarized Zone separating communist North Korea and capitalist South Korea. In the early 1990s and again in 2002-2003, the United States and its allies have gone to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Market Under God
Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy
Written by Thomas Frank


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49504-2 (0-385-49504-8)

In a book that has been raising hackles far and wide, the social critic Thomas Frank skewers one of the most sacred cows of the go-go ‘90s: the idea that the new free-market economy is good for everyone.

Frank’s target is “market populism”–the widely held belief that markets are a more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Short Cuts: Artists in China
Artists in China Vol. 1
Edited by Rosa Maria Falvo
Contribution by Lorenz Helbling, Shen Qilan and Jean Loh
Photographed by Thomas Fuesser


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1486-3 (88-572-1486-9)

The first intimate visual documentation of artists who have influenced and transformed the Chinese art scene over the last two decades. Since 1993, photographer Thomas Fuesser has developed close and enduring professional relationships with the artistic community in China. His striking portraits tell their stories by depicting their work and personalities... Read more >

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China Road
A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
Written by Rob Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7524-6 (0-8129-7524-3)

Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows three thousand miles from east to west, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Poetry of Zen

Translated by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-425-9 (1-59030-425-X)

A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound... Read more >

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Tao Te Ching
A New Translation
Written by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-387-0 (1-59030-387-3)

Part poetry, part paradox, always stirring and profound, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching has been inspiring readers since it was written over two thousand years ago. This masterpiece is also one of the most frequently translated books in all of history, in part because the multiple meanings of the Chinese characters... Read more >

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Mighty Silence Images of Destruction
The Great Earthquake and Tsunami of East Japan
Photographed by Yasushi Handa


Format: Hardcover, 262 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-1557-0 (88-572-1557-1)

An acclaimed fashion photographer provides a personal, luminous, and moving account of post-tsunami Japan.
This volume is an extraordinary photographic report by the famous Japanese fashion photographer Yasushi Handa, taken a few weeks after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that battered the eastern coastline of Japan in March 2010. It includes... Read more >

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The Night is Still Young

Text by Eric C. Shiner and Simone Fukayuki
Photographed by Tomoaki Hata


Format: Trade Paperback, 104 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-552-0 (1-57687-552-0)

With The Night Is Still Young, Los Angeles-based, Japanese photographer Tomoaki Hata returns to his roots–the underground club scene of Osaka’s gay, nightlife district. Filled with intimate images of the radically-creative drag queens who performed at various venues in the city from the late 1990s through the present, this book is... Read more >
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