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A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Written by Mohammed Hanif


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38818-6 (0-307-38818-2)

A Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.

Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force pilot and Silent Drill Commander of the Fury... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zen Poems

Edited by Peter Harris


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 23, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40552-5 (0-375-40552-6)

The appreciation of Zen philosophy and art has become universal, and Zen poetry, with its simple expression of direct, intuitive insight and sudden enlightenment, appeals to lovers of poetry, spirituality, and beauty everywhere. This collection of translations of the classical Zen poets of China, Japan, and Korea includes the work of... Read more >

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Boy in the Twilight
Stories of the Hidden China
Written by Yu Hua
Translated by Allan H. Barr


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7102-1 (0-8041-7102-5)

Yu Hua’s populist voice and exquisite wit have made him one of the most celebrated and bestselling writers in China. These visceral, flawlessly crafted stories explore the line between cruelty and warmth on which his country is precariously balanced. 

In the title story, a shopkeeper confronts a child thief and punishes him... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Boy in the Twilight
Stories of the Hidden China
Written by Yu Hua
Translated by Allan H. Barr


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37936-8 (0-307-37936-1)

From the acclaimed author of Brothers and To Live: thirteen audacious stories that resonate with the beauty, grittiness, and exquisite irony of everyday life in China.

Yu Hua’s narrative gifts, populist voice, and inimitable wit have made him one of the most celebrated and best-selling writers in China. These flawlessly crafted stories—unflinching... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nocturnes
Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
Written by Kazuo Ishiguro


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45578-9 (0-307-45578-5)

From the award-winning author of Remains of the Day comes an inspired sequence of stories, which is as affecting as it is beautiful.

With the clarity and precision that have become his trademarks, Kazuo Ishiguro interlocks five short pieces of fiction to create a world that resonates with emotion, heartbreak, and humor... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Climbing the Mango Trees
A Memoir of a Childhood in India
Written by Madhur Jaffrey


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7820-2 (1-4000-7820-2)

Today’s most highly regarded writer on Indian food gives us an enchanting memoir of her childhood in Delhi in an age and a society that has since disappeared.

Madhur (meaning “sweet as honey”) Jaffrey grew up in a large family compound where her grandfather often presided over dinners at which forty or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nanjing Requiem
A Novel
Written by Ha Jin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74373-2 (0-307-74373-X)

It’s 1937, and the Japanese are poised to invade Nanjing. Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women’s College, decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there. She is painfully... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Songs of Spiritual Experience
Tibetan Buddhist Poems of Insight and Awakening
Translated by Thupten Jinpa and Jas Elsner
Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 10, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-911-2 (1-57062-911-0)

     The first major anthology of Tibetan spiritual poetry available in the West, Songs of Spiritual Experience offers original translations of fifty-two poems from all the traditions and schools of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. These poems communicate spiritual insight with grace and precision, addressing the themes of... Read more >

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The Orphan Master's Son
A Novel
Written by Adam Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9279-3 (0-8129-9279-2)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Finalist, 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) - winners to be announced on Feb. 28, 2013

An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master’s Son follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most... Read more >

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Among Flowers
A Walk in the Himalaya
Written by Jamaica Kincaid


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0096-0 (1-4262-0096-X)

In this delightful hybrid of a book—part memoir and part travel journal—the bestselling author takes us deep into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist friends in search of native Himalayan plants that will grow in her Vermont garden. Alighting from a plane in the dramatic Annapurna Valley, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Grotesque

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9659-6 (1-4000-9659-6)

Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out
A Novel
Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7837-0 (1-4000-7837-7)

Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino’s award-winning literary mystery Out.

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then... Read more >

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A Guru Is Born

Written by Takeshi Kitano


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-934287-31-6 (1-934287-31-8)

Having lost his job and his girlfriend, Kazuo becomes a member of a religious sect, after seeing the Guru heal an old woman in a wheelchair. He soon discovers the secrets of success in the sect are much the same as the business world, the power of suggestion playing a larger... Read more >

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Obasan

Written by Joy Kogawa


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 27, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-46886-2 (0-385-46886-5)

A winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, Obasan powerfully explores the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Japanese Canadians during World War II.  Joy Kogawa's first novel, it is based on her own experiences. Read more >

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Crazy Rich Asians

Written by Kevin Kwan


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80378-8 (0-345-80378-7)

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks... Read more >

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Crazy Rich Asians

Written by Kevin Kwan


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53697-4 (0-385-53697-6)

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

When Rachel Chu agrees... Read more >

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The Boat
Stories
Written by Nam Le


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38819-3 (0-307-38819-0)

Winner of the 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction
Winner of 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize

The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection The Boat take us across the globe, from the slums of Colombia to Iowa City; from the streets of Tehran to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somebody's Daughter
A Novel
Written by Marie Myung-Ok Lee


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8389-5 (0-8070-8389-5)

A “heartwarming and heartbreaking”* story of a Korean American girl’s search for her roots

Somebody’s Daughter is the story of nineteen-year-old Sarah Thorson, who was adopted as a baby by a Lutheran couple in the Midwest. After dropping out of college, she decides to study in Korea and becomes more and more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Canton Elegy
A Father's Letter of Sacrifice, Survival, and Enduring Love
Written by Stephen Lee and Howard Webster


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-78028-573-3 (1-78028-573-6)

Stephen Lee’s grandchildren knew him as a humble grocer. Beneath his humble exterior, however, lay one of the most extraordinary stories of the twentieth century.
 
Lee was born in Canton, China in 1902. As a teenager he was sent to live with relatives in San Francisco. He attended college at Iowa... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
Stories
Written by Yiyun Li


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8015-8 (0-8129-8015-8)

In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction writers under 40, gives us exquisite stories in which politics and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition. A professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Stories
Written by Yiyun Li


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7333-4 (0-8129-7333-X)

Selected for Common Reading at Saint Mary's College of California

Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable new writer whose breathtaking stories are set in China and among Chinese Americans in the United States. In this rich, astonishing collection, Yiyun Li illuminates how mythology, politics, history, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jade Lady Burning

Written by Martin Limon


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-61695-090-3 (1-61695-090-0)

Almost twenty years after the end of the Korean War, the U.S. Military is still present throughout South Korea, and tensions run high. Koreans look for any opportunity to hate the soldiers who drink at their bars and carouse with their women. When Pak Ok-Suk, a young Korean woman, is found... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Written by Seicho Matsumoto


Format: Trade Paperback, 313 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56947-019-0 (1-56947-019-7)

The corpse of an unknown provincial is discovered under the rails of a train in a Tokyo station, and Detective Imanishi is assigned to the case. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Last Words from Montmartre

Written by Qiu Miaojin
Afterword by Ari Larissa Heinrich
Translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-725-9 (1-59017-725-8)

When the pioneering Taiwanese novelist Qiu Miaojin committed suicide in 1995 at age twenty-six, she left behind her unpublished masterpiece, Last Words from Montmartre. Unfolding through a series of letters written by an unnamed narrator, Last Words tells the story of a passionate relationship between two young women—their sexual awakening, their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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