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The Slaughter
Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem
Written by Ethan Gutmann

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-940-6 (1-61614-940-X)

Mass murder is alive and well. That is the stark conclusion of this comprehensive investigation into the Chinese state's secret program to get rid of political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs--in many cases to Western recipients. Based on interviews with top-ranking police officials and Chinese doctors who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beating the Cloth Drum
Letters of Zen Master Hakuin
Translated by Norman Waddell

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-948-3 (1-59030-948-0)

Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1769) is one of the most influential figures in Zen Buddhism. He revitalized the Rinzai Zen tradition (which emphasizes the use of koans, or unanswerable questions, in meditation practice), and all masters of that school today trace their lineage back through him. He is responsible for the most famous... Read more >

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Hidden Differences
Doing Business with the Japanese
Written by Edward T. Hall and Mildred Reed Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 18, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-23884-7 (0-385-23884-3)

An analysis and explanation of the unstated rules of Japanese-American business relations. By drawing Western readers into the world in which they must function, the Halls simplify the process of adapting Western ways to a new environment.

“The authors believe that by better understanding Japanese culture, American business people will become... 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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Soldiers of the Sun
The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army
Written by Meirion Harries

Format: Trade Paperback, 604 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 5, 1994
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75303-2 (0-679-75303-6)

Soldiers of the Sun traces the origins of the Imperial Japanese Army back to its samurai roots in the nineteenth century to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. Meirion and Susie Harries have written the first full Western account of the Imperial Japanese Army... Read more >

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The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
Written by Max Hastings

Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27536-3 (0-307-27536-1)

By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan's defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama—that ended in Japan's utter devastation—was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces.

In recounting these... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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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Black Virgin Mountain
A Return to Vietnam
Written by Larry Heinemann

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7689-5 (1-4000-7689-7)

In 1967 Larry Heinemann was sent to Vietnam as an ordinary soldier. It was the most horrific year of his life, truly altering him—and his family—forever. In his powerful memoir, Heinemann returns to Vietnam, riding the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and confronting the memories of his war... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Hell or High Water
Surviving Tibet's Tsango River
Written by Peter Heller

Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-101-87204-8 (1-101-87204-7)

From the bestselling author of The Dog Stars, the true story of an elite kayaking team's heroic conquest of the world’s last great adventure prize: Tibet's Tsangpo River.

The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the... Read more >

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Son of the Revolution

Written by Liang Heng and Judith Shapiro

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72274-0 (0-394-72274-4)

Liang Heng was born in 1954 in Changsha, a large city in Central China. This is Liang Heng's own story of growing up in the turmoil of the Great Cultural Revolution. His story is unique, but at the same time it is in many ways typical of those millions of young... Read more >

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Written by Michael Herr

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73525-0 (0-679-73525-9)

No book about Vietnam has portrayed so powerfully the personal realities of that war as Michael Herr’s Dispatches. Only a writer possessing Herr’s brilliance and daring could have invented a language adequate to the hallucinatory quality of the lives American soldiers led there. These pieces, which caused a sensation when they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Written by John Hersey

Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 1989
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72103-1 (0-679-72103-7)

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity"... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Japan 1941
Countdown to Infamy
Written by Eri Hotta

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73974-2 (0-307-73974-0)

Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific.

When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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China in Ten Words

Written by Yu Hua
Translated by Allan H. Barr

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73979-7 (0-307-73979-1)

From one of China’s most acclaimed writers: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades.

Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words uses personal stories and astute analysis to reveal as never before the world’s most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fresh Off the Boat
A Memoir
Written by Eddie Huang

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8335-7 (0-8129-8335-1)

“Bawdy and frequently hilarious . . . a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America . . . as much James Baldwin and Jay-Z as Amy Tan . . . rowdy [and] vital . . . It’s a book about fitting in by not fitting in at all.”—Dwight Garner... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Hybrid Tiger
Secrets of the Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids
Written by Quanyu Huang

Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-851-5 (1-61614-851-9)

Why do Asian and Asian-American students consistently perform so well on standardized tests? Why are students of Asian descent disproportionately admitted to America’s top colleges?

This informative and entertainingly written comparison of educational methods in America and China answers these questions and more, while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each culture’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pacific War, 1931-1945

Written by Saburo Ienaga

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 12, 1979
Price: $11.96
ISBN: 978-0-394-73496-5 (0-394-73496-3)

One of Japan's leading intellectuals brings us this deeply moving and memorable portrayal of how and why Japan waged war from 1931-1945, and what life was like for the Japanese people in a society engaged in total war.

"The Pacific War provides knowledge of what went on in Japan and in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Genghis: Birth of an Empire

Written by Conn Iggulden

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33951-3 (0-385-33951-8)

"...[B]rilliantly imagined and addictive historical fiction....Building on the fragment of Genghis's life, Iggulden weaves a spellbinding story of an exotic and 'unforgiving land' and the enigmatic young man—charismatic, a brilliant tactician and capable of 'utter ruthlessness'—who sets out to tame it. This is historical fiction of the first order."—Publishers Weekly, starred... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Written by Yasushi Inoue
Preface by Damion Searls
Translated by Jean Oda Moy

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-362-6 (1-59017-362-7)

Tun-Huang, in Central Asia, is a walled city along the Silk Road that historically connected China to the West. It is also the site of the Thousand Buddha cave where, in the early 1900s, Sir Aurel Stein discovered an extraordinary treasure trove of early Buddhist sutras and other scriptures. In Tun-Huang... Read more >
Also available as 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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Edge of Empire
Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850
Written by Maya Jasanoff

Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7546-1 (1-4000-7546-7)

Winner of the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize

A Palladian villa filled with Western artifacts in the middle of Calcutta's central banana depot, the Mughal Emperor's letters uncovered in the back room of an archive in the French Alps, the name of a long-dead English diplomat feebly scratched into the stone of an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Red Dust
A Path Through China
Written by Ma Jian

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72023-6 (0-385-72023-8)

In 1983, at the age of thirty, dissident artist Ma Jian finds himself divorced by his wife, separated from his daughter, betrayed by his girlfriend, facing arrest for “Spiritual Pollution,” and severely disillusioned with the confines of life in Beijing. So with little more than a change of clothes and two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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)


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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Wild Grass
Three Stories of Change in Modern China
Written by Ian Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71919-6 (0-375-71919-9)

In Wild Grass, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson tells the stories of three ordinary Chinese citizens moved to extraordinary acts of courage: a peasant legal clerk who filed a class-action suit on behalf of overtaxed farmers, a young architect who defended the rights of dispossessed homeowners, and a bereaved woman who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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