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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Unknown Errors of Our Lives
Stories
Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 15, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49728-2 (0-385-49728-8)

In her poignant new story collection, the bestselling author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices captures lives at crossroad moments–caught between past and present, home and abroad, tradition and fresh experience.

A widow struggles to adapt to a world in which neighbors are strangers and her domestic skills... 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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Haiku Mind
108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart
Written by Patricia Donegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-758-8 (1-59030-758-5)

Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment–and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Du Fu
A Life in Poetry
Written by Fu Du
Translated by David Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71160-2 (0-375-71160-0)

Du Fu (712–770) is one of the undisputed geniuses of Chinese poetry—still universally admired and read thirteen centuries after his death. Now David Young, author of Black Lab, and well known as a translator of Chinese poets, gives us a sparkling new translation of Du Fu’s verse, arranged to give us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lover

Written by Marguerite Duras


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70052-1 (0-375-70052-8)

An international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France’s Prix Goncourt, The Lover has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984.

Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras’s childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bhagavad Gita

Translated by Eknath Easwaran


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70555-7 (0-375-70555-4)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

The Bhagavad Gita (in Sanskrit, “Song of the Lord”) is the most famous poem in all of Hindu literature and part of the Mahabharata, the Indian epic masterpeice. The Gita consists of a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the morning of a climactic battle. Krishna... Read more >

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Cultivating Ch'i
A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health
Written by Kaibara Ekiken
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-988-9 (1-59030-988-X)

Samurai are best known for taking life–but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630—1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the... Read more >

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Masks

Written by Fumiko Enchi


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1983
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72218-4 (0-394-72218-3)

Mieko Togano, a highly cultivated, seemingly serene, but frustrated and bitter woman in her fifties, manipulates for her own bizarre purposes the relationship between her widowed daughter-in-law and that woman's two suitors.

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Homesick

Written by Roshi Fernando


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94806-9 (0-307-94806-4)

A stunning work of fiction about contemporary immigrant life from a dazzling new writer.

It's New Year's Eve 1982. At Victor and Nandini's home, family and friends gather to celebrate. Whiskey and arrack have been poured, poppadoms are freshly fried, and baila music is on the stereo. In the middle of it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The World Is What It Is
The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
Written by Patrick French


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7980-3 (1-4000-7980-2)

The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred.

Beginning in rich detail in Trinidad, where Naipaul was born into an Indian family, Patrick French skillfully examines Naipaul’ s... Read more >
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No Longer Human, part 3

Written by Osamu Dazai
Adapted by Usamaru Furuya


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-37-7 (1-935654-37-3)

Comic artist Usamaru Furuya’s adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai’s original novel. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai’s tale details the life of a young man originally from a well-off family from Japan’s far north. Yozo Oba is a troubled soul incapable of revealing his... Read more >

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No Longer Human, part 1

Written by Osamu Dazai
Adapted by Usamaru Furuya


Format: Trade Paperback, 194 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-19-3 (1-935654-19-5)

In honor of the 100th birthday of Osamu Dazai, Usamaru Furuya retells Dazai’s most important work No Longer Human in modern day Tokyo where modern vices can bring ruin to the self-loathing.

Furuya’s adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai’s original. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai’s... Read more >

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No Longer Human, part 2

Written by Osamu Dazai
Adapted by Usamaru Furuya


Format: Trade Paperback, 194 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-22-3 (1-935654-22-5)

In honor of the 100th birthday of Osamu Dazai, Usamaru Furuya retells Dazai’s most important work No Longer Human in modern day Tokyo where modern vices can bring ruin to the self-loathing.

Furuya’s adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai’s original. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai’s... Read more >

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As Sweet As Honey

Written by Indira Ganesan


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95061-1 (0-307-95061-1)

Once thought to be destined for spinsterhood, Aunt Meterling seems to have found love at last with a short, elegant Englishman who wears white suits. But while all the tongues on the small island of Pi start to wag as soon as their engagement is announced, even the most stalwart of... Read more >

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Inheritance

Written by Indira Ganesan


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6924-0 (0-8041-6924-1)

On the surface, fifteen-year-old Sonil has come to her adored grandmother's house on a small island off the coast of India to mend her shaky health. Secretly, however, she longs to find out why her mysteriously distant mother agreed to have her sent away as a child.

She spends her time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Glass Palace
A Novel
Written by Amitav Ghosh


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75877-5 (0-375-75877-1)

Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In an Antique Land
History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale
Written by Amitav Ghosh


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72783-5 (0-679-72783-3)

Combining shrewd observations with painstaking historical research from his journey to a small village in Egypt, Ghosh serves up skeptics and holy men, merchants and sorcerers. Some imagined, some real, all emerge as vividly as the characters in a great novel. In An Antique Land is an inspired work that transcends... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Memoirs of a Geisha
A Novel
Written by Arthur Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 10, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78158-5 (0-679-78158-7)

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

Written by Xiaolu Guo


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27840-1 (0-307-27840-9)

Language and love collide in this inventive novel of a young Chinese woman's journey to the West and her attempts to understand the language, and the man, she adores.

Zhuang—or “Z,” to tongue-tied foreigners—has come to London to study English, but finds herself adrift, trapped in a cycle of cultural gaffes and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

Written by Xiaolu Guo


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38938-1 (0-307-38938-3)

The latest novel from Orange Prize finalist Xiaolu Guo is the enchantingly comic story of a young Chinese woman's life as a film extra in hyper-modern, tumultuous Beijing.

Though twenty-one-year-old Fenfang Wang has traveled 1,800 miles to seek her fortune in urban Beijing, she is ill-prepared for what greets her: a Communist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Pocket Haiku

Written by Basho, Buson and Issa
Translated by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-153-8 (1-61180-153-2)

In this collection of haiku, translator Sam Hamill has compiled the best from the tradition, spanning the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with particular focus on the three great masters: Bashō, Buson, and Issa. Based on images from nature, the poems address the themes of joy, temporality, beauty, wonder, loneliness, and loss... Read more >
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