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Wrong About Japan

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7836-3 (1-4000-7836-9)

Previous winner of two Booker Prizes, Peter Carey expands his extraordinary achievement with each new novel — but now gives us something entirely different.

When famously shy Charley Carey becomes obsessed with Japanese manga and anime, Peter is not only delighted for his son, but entranced himself. Thus, with a father... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Devil Soldier
The American Soldier of Fortune Who Became a God in China
Written by Caleb Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 11, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76128-0 (0-679-76128-4)

With the same flair for history and narrative that distinguishes his best fiction, Caleb Carr tells the incredible story of Frederick Townsend Ward, the American mercenary who fought for the emperor of China in the Taiping rebellion, history's bloodiest war. The Devil Soldier is a thrilling, masterfully researched biography of the... 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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Empress Dowager Cixi
The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Written by Jung Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45670-0 (0-307-45670-6)

A New York Times Notable Book

In 1852, at age sixteen, Cixi was chosen as one of Emperor Xianfeng’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a coup against her son’s regents and placed herself as the true source of power—governing... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Empress Dowager Cixi
The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Written by Jung Chang


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27160-0 (0-307-27160-9)

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.

At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Mao
The Unknown Story
Written by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74632-4 (0-679-74632-3)

The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao’s close circle in China who have never talked before — and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him. It... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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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Calcutta
Two Years in the City
Written by Amit Chaudhuri


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27024-5 (0-307-27024-6)

The award-winning author Amit Chaudhuri has been widely praised for the beauty and subtle power of his writing and for the ways in which he makes “place” as complex a character as his men and women. Now he brings these gifts to a spellbinding amalgam of memoir, reportage, and history in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Colors of the Mountain

Written by Da Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72060-1 (0-385-72060-2)

"I was born in southern China in 1962, in the tiny town of Yellow Stone. They called it the Year of Great Starvation."

In 1962, as millions of Chinese citizens were gripped by Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and the Red Guards enforced a brutal regime of communism, a boy was born to... Read more >
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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 Art of War
Complete Text and Commentaries
Written by Thomas Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 474 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-054-1 (1-59030-054-8)

This Shambhala paperback edition of The Art of War collects the essential versions of the Art of War, complete with illuminating commentaries written by Sun Tzu's successors. This volume includes:

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu;
Compiled over two-thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps... Read more >

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Geisha
The Life, the Voices, the Art
Written by Jodi Cobb


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 27, 1998
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70180-1 (0-375-70180-X)

Here, brought vividly to life, is an icon of Japanese culture and custom—the geisha in her role as human work of art and perfect woman.

A hundred years ago geisha numbered eighty thousand; today there are a thousand at most. Happily, Jodi Cobb is able to show us—before they vanish—both the ceremonial... Read more >

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I Stand Corrected
How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson
Written by Eden Collinsworth


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53869-5 (0-385-53869-3)

A fascinating fusion of memoir, manners, and cultural history from a successful businesswoman well versed in the unique challenges of working in contemporary China.

During the course of a career that has, quite literarily, moved her around the world, no country has fascinated Eden Collinsworth more than China, where she has borne... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Burmese Lessons
A true love story
Written by Karen Connelly


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52800-9 (0-385-52800-0)

When Karen Connelly goes to Burma in 1996 to gather information for a series of articles, she discovers a place of unexpected beauty and generosity. She also encounters a country ruled by a brutal military dictatorship that imposes a code of censorship and terror. Carefully seeking out the regime’s critics, she... Read more >
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The Routes of Man
Travels in the Paved World
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7702-1 (1-4000-7702-8)

Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them.

With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Age of Kali

Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94890-8 (0-307-94890-0)

From the author of The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: the classic stories he gathered during the ten years he spent journeying across the Indian subcontinent, from Sri Lanka and southern India to the North West Frontier of Pakistan. As he searched for evidence of Kali Yug, the “age of darkness”... Read more >
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In Xanadu

Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94888-5 (0-307-94888-9)

William Dalrymple’s award-winning first book: his classic, fiercely intelligent and wonderfully entertaining account of his journey across Marco Polo’s 700-year-old route from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan.

At the age of twenty-two, Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kubla Khan’s stately... Read more >
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The Last Mughal
The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7833-2 (1-4000-7833-4)


Winner of the 2007 Duff Cooper Prize

On a hazy November afternoon in Rangoon, 1862, a shrouded corpse was escorted by a small group of British soldiers to an anonymous grave in a prison enclosure. As the British Commissioner in charge insisted, “No vestige will remain to distinguish where the last of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Return of a King
The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94853-3 (0-307-94853-6)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

In 1839, nearly 20,000 British troops poured through the mountain passes into Afghanistan and installed the exiled Shah Shuja on the throne as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the Afghans exploded into rebellion. The British were forced to retreat—and were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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India Unbound
The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age
Written by Gurcharan Das


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72074-8 (0-385-72074-2)

India today is a vibrant free-market democracy, a nation well on its way to overcoming decades of widespread poverty. The nation’s rise is one of the great international stories of the late twentieth century, and in India Unbound the acclaimed columnist Gurcharan Das offers a sweeping economic history of India from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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