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Five Star Billionaire
A Novel
Written by Tash Aw


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8481-1 (0-8129-8481-1)

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND BOOKPAGE

An expansive, eye-opening novel that captures the vibrancy of China today
 
Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job—but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn’t... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons
A Journey Among the Women of India
Written by Elisabeth Bumiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 30, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90614-9 (0-449-90614-0)

In a chronicle rich in diversity, detail, and empathy, Elisabeth Bumiller illuminates the many women's lives she shared, and the contradictions she encountered during her three and a half years in India as a reporter for The Washington Post. In their fascinating, complex, and often tragic stories Bumiller found a strength... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Eyes
New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults
Written by Lori Carlson


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: December 30, 1995
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-70448-6 (0-449-70448-3)

In this unique collection of touching and heartfelt short stories, ten young Asian-American writers re-create the conflicts that all young people feel living in two distinct worlds -- one of memories and traditions, and one of today. Whether it includes dreams of gossiping with the prettiest blond girl in class, not... Read more >

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Chinatown Beat

Written by Henry Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-478-5 (1-56947-478-8)

NYPD Detective Jack Yu was raised in Chinatown. Some of his old friends are criminals now; some are dead.

Recently transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white, Jack is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly... Read more >
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Firewife

Written by Tinling Choong


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9683-1 (1-4000-9683-9)

An original, courageous novel, FireWife draws on the powerful Chinese myth of fire and water to explore how women's sexuality and fate are intertwined.

Nin, a photographer, embarks on a five-month journey to photograph women around the world. Her travel turns into a search for the truth about women: the women of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lives of Tao

Written by Wesley Chu


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-85766-329-0 (0-85766-329-1)

2014 ALEX Award Winner
 
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of... Read more >
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Love Like Hate
A Novel
Written by Linh Dinh


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-909-5 (1-58322-909-4)

In Love Like Hate, Linh Dinh weaves a dysfunctional family saga that doubles as a portrait of Vietnam in the last half century. Protagonists Kim Lan and Hoang Long marry in Saigon during the Vietnam War, uniting in a setting that allows Dinh’s dark, deadpan humor to flourish. Describing his mushrooming... Read more >
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Leaving Yuba City
Poems
Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 1997
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48854-9 (0-385-48854-8)

An intriguing sequence of interlinked poems about India and the Indian experience in America. Divakaruni explores how different art forms can influence each other, as well as how women forge their own identities. Of interest to students of poetry and 'integrated arts,' as well as women's studies and intercultural relations. Read more >
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The Mistress of Spices
A Novel
Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48238-7 (0-385-48238-8)

Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers. Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the... Read more >
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The Palace of Illusions
A Novel
Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9620-6 (1-4000-9620-0)

Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale.

Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Queen of Dreams

Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3044-6 (1-4000-3044-7)

From the bestselling author of Sister of My Heart comes a spellbinding tale of mothers and daughters, love and cultural identity.

Rakhi, a young painter and single mother, is struggling to come to terms with her relationship with ex-husband Sonny, a hip Bay Area DJ, and with her dream-teller mother, who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Vine of Desire
A Novel
Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49730-5 (0-385-49730-X)

The beloved characters of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s bestselling novel Sister of My Heart are reunited in this powerful narrative that challenges the emotional bond between two lifelong friends, as the husband of one becomes dangerously attracted to the other.

Anju and Sudha formed an astounding, almost psychic connection during their childhood in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Written by Jamie Ford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50534-7 (0-345-50534-4)

Selected for Common Reading at:
All Kirkland Reads (Kirkland, WA)
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Capital... Read more >

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Color of the Sea

Written by John Hamamura


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38607-6 (0-307-38607-4)

Raised in Japan and Hawaii, Sam Hamada has been trained in the ways of the samurai. After graduation Sam strikes out for California and falls in love for the first time, with a beautiful young woman named Keiko. But then the Japanese attack Peal Harbor, igniting the war and making Sam... Read more >

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Snakeskin Shamisen

Written by Naomi Hirahara


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 25, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33961-2 (0-385-33961-5)

Winner, 2007 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original (awarded by Mystery Writers of America)

From Summer of the Big Bachi to Gasa-Gasa Girl, Naomi Hirahara’s acclaimed novels have featured one of mystery fiction’s most unique heroes: Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler.

Few things get Mas more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Volcano
A Memoir of Hawai'i
Written by Garrett Hongo


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76748-0 (0-679-76748-7)

Part memoir, part Japanese American family chronicle, part luminous work of natural history, Volcano tells what happened when Hongo returned to his birthplace in Hawai’i, as a young man, to reclaim its dreamlike landscape and his own elusive past. A magnificant evocation of heritage and place.

“My favorite kind of book is... Read more >

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Bird of Another Heaven

Written by James D. Houston


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38808-7 (0-307-38808-5)

From the acclaimed author of Snow Mountain Passage comes this richly evocative novel that follows a half-Indian, half-Hawai'ian woman and her complex relationship with the last king of Hawai'i.

When talk show host Sheridan Brody finds the journals of his great grandmother Nani Keala (aka Nancy Callahan), he uncovers a mythic, unknown... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Atlas of Unknowns

Written by Tania James


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38901-5 (0-307-38901-4)

An utterly irresistible first novel: The story of two sisters, the yearning to disappear into another country, and the powerful desire to return to the known world. Linno is a gifted artist, despite a childhood accident that has left her badly maimed, and Anju is one of Kerala’s most promising students... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Love Wife

Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7651-2 (1-4000-7651-X)

From the talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a “half half” family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegie’s Chinese heritage, his wife Blondie’s WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mona in the Promised Land
A Novel
Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 1, 1997
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77650-5 (0-679-77650-8)

In this ebullient and inventive novel, Gish Jen restores multiculturalism from high concept to a fact of life. At least that's what it becomes for teenaged Mona Chang, who in 1968 moves with her newly prosperous family to Scarshill, New York, where the Chinese have become "the new Jews." What could... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Typical American

Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38922-0 (0-307-38922-7)

From the beloved author of Mona in the Promised Land and The Love Wife comes this comic masterpiece, an insightful novel of immigrants experiencing the triumphs and trials of American life.

Gish Jen reinvents the American immigrant story through the Chang family, who first come to the United States with... Read more >

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Who's Irish?
Stories
Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70592-2 (0-375-70592-9)

"Sparkling...a gently satiric look at the American Dream and its fallout on those who pursue it."—The New York Times

With dazzling wit and compassion, Gish Jen—author of the highly acclaimed novels Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land—looks at ambition and compromise at century's end and finds that much of the... Read more >
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World and Town

Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47330-1 (0-307-47330-9)

Hattie Kong, a retired teacher and a descendant of Confucius, has decided that it’s time to start over. She moves to the peaceful New England town of Riverlake, a place that once represented the rock-solid base of American life. Instead of quietude, Hattie discovers a town challenged by cell-phone towers, chain... 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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What You Call Winter

Written by Nalini Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7795-3 (1-4000-7795-8)

Composed of interconnected stories that move within and around a small Catholic community in India, this debut collection heralds the arrival of a graceful, sparkling new voice.

Nine-year-old Marian Almeida covets the green dress her parents have set aside for her birthday, but when her desire gets the best of her, dangerous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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