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The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

Written by Ramana Maharshi


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-139-5 (1-59030-139-0)

The Renowned Indian sage Ramana Maharshi is beloved by Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Taoists alike for the inspirational power of his teachings, which transcend all religious differences. Here is a collection of Sri Ramana's instructions and discourses culled from three works: Who Am I?, Spiritual Instructions, and Maharshi's Gospel. These teachings... Read more >

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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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In Retrospect
The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
Written by Robert S. McNamara


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76749-7 (0-679-76749-5)

This new paperback edition of McNamara's controversial memoir includes a new Preface by McNamara and a new Appendix containing examples of the intense debate that erupted upon the book's original publication in 1995. Among the contributions to the Appendix are the New York Times editorial "Mr. McNamara's War," and sixteen other... Read more >

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A Chance for Lasting Survival
Ecology and Behavior of Wild Giant Pandas
Written by Pan Wenshi
Edited by William J. Mcshea, David Garshelis and Wang Dajun
Translated by Richard B. Harris


Format: Hardcover, 370 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-17-5 (1-935623-17-6)

From 1984 through 1995 a small band of ecologists led by Pan Wenshi from Peking University conducted a study of wild giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. This project was the first Chinese-led conservation project in China and was conducted during a significant transition period in Chinese history... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Karma Cola
Marketing the Mystic East
Written by Gita Mehta


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75433-6 (0-679-75433-4)

Beginning in the late '60s, hundreds of thousands of Westerners descended upon India, disciples of a cultural revolution that proclaimed that the magic and mystery missing from their lives was to be found in the East. Karma Cola describes in merciless detail what happens when the traditions of an ancient and... Read more >
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Maximum City
Bombay Lost and Found
Written by Suketu Mehta


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70340-9 (0-375-70340-3)

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An illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people—a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself—from an award-winning Indian-American fiction writer and journalist.

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us a true insider’s view of this stunning city, bringing to his account... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chogyam Trungpa
His Life and Vision
Written by Fabrice Midal


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-236-1 (1-59030-236-2)

Master of meditation, social visionary, artist, poet–Chögyam Trungpa was all these and more. Yet “Who was Chögyam Trungpa?” is a slippery question, for who can nail down the personality of a man who by all accounts seemed to be a different person to different people at different times and on different... Read more >


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January 6, 2015
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Blood of the Tiger
A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species
Written by J. A. Mills


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7496-1 (0-8070-7496-9)

There may be only three thousand wild tigers left in the entire world. More shocking is the fact that twice that many—some six thousand—have been bred on farms, not for traditional medicine but to supply a luxury-goods industry that secretly sells tiger-bone wine, tiger-skin décor, and exotic cuisine enjoyed by China’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Red Azalea

Written by Anchee Min


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9698-5 (1-4000-9698-7)

Red Azalea is Anchee Min’s celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao’s China. As a child, she was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Polite Lies
On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures
Written by Kyoko Mori


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 6, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00428-9 (0-449-00428-7)

In this powerful and exquisitely crafted book, notable author Kyoko Mori delves into her dual heritage with a rare honesty that is both graceful and stirring. From her unhappy childhood in Japan, weighted by a troubled family and a constricting culture, to the American Midwest, where she found herself free to... Read more >

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The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts
The Classic Chinese Guide for Success in War, Business, and Life
Written by Hiroshi Moriya
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-992-6 (1-59030-992-8)

The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts is a collection of ancient Chinese maxims on strategy, battlefield tactics, and deception–in the spirit of such classics as The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings–made relevant with contemporary examples and explanation. The origin of the book is unknown; however, the... Read more >

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The World of the Shining Prince
Court Life in Ancient Japan
Written by Ivan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80390-0 (0-345-80390-6)

Ivan Morris’s definitive and widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and melancholy world of ancient Japan.

Using The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan’s Heian period as a frame of reference, The World of the Shining Prince recreates an era when women set the cultural tone. Focusing on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hong Kong

Written by Jan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77648-2 (0-679-77648-6)

Celebrating the past and future of a city that stands at the crossroads of two worlds, Morris combines firsthand reporting with incisive research, and takes students from Hong Kong's clamorous back alleys to the crowded floor of the stock exchange, along the way offering an informed glimpse into its future.  Morris's story... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Underground
The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72580-7 (0-375-72580-6)

From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound.

In March of 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Book of Five Rings

Written by Miyamoto Musashi
Illustrated by Shiro Tsujimura
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-984-1 (1-59030-984-7)

When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come... Read more >
Also available as a package, paperback, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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The Cleanest Race
How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
Written by B.R. Myers


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-34-9 (1-935554-34-4)

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Area of Darkness

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70835-0 (0-375-70835-9)

A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India.
Traveling from the bureaucratic morass of Bombay to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir, from a sacred ice cave in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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India: A Million Mutinies Now

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73973-5 (0-307-73973-2)

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his journeys through his ancestral homeland, with a new preface by the author.

Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien, India: A Million Mutinies Now relates the stories of many... Read more >

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India
A Wounded Civilization
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3075-0 (1-4000-3075-7)

In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s “Emergency,” V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maonomics
Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do
Written by Loretta Napoleoni
Translated by Stephen Twilley


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-431-2 (1-60980-431-7)

With the end of the Cold War, it was believed that Western capitalism had finally triumphed over Communism. In Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists than We Do, Napoleoni argues just the opposite: we are now witnessing capitalism’s decline and the victory of “communism with a profit motive.” Maonomics charts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Maonomics
Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do
Written by Loretta Napoleoni
Translated by Stephen Twilley


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-341-4 (1-60980-341-8)

The end of the cold war was thought to signal the triumph of Western capitalism over Communism. In Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists than We Do, Napoleoni argues just the opposite: what we are witnessing instead is the beginning of the collapse of capitalism and the victory of “communism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Sati - Widow Burning in India

Written by Sakuntal Narasimhan


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42317-5 (0-385-42317-9)

“Bombay journalist Narasimhan here offers an unnerving, carefully documented study of the Indian ritual whereby widows bring glory on themselves and their families by self-immolation on the pyres of their dead husbands. According to the author, the Hindi scriptures, which evolved from the second millennium B.C. to the second millennium A.D.... Read more >

A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One
The Early Period
Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Edited by Donatella Rossi and Nancy Simmons
Translated by Donatella Rossi


Format: eBook, 264 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-626-8 (1-58394-626-8)

A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One explores ancient Tibet’s Zhang Zhung kingdom and Bon religion that preceded the advent of Buddhism in the seventh century. Countering the long-held idea that Tibet’s pre-Buddhist indigenous culture was primitive and undeveloped, this book shares the rich cultural origins of the kingdom... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One
The Early Period
Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Edited by Donatella Rossi and Nancy Simmons
Translated by Donatella Rossi


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-610-7 (1-58394-610-1)

A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet, Volume One explores ancient Tibet’s Zhang Zhung kingdom and Bon religion that preceded the advent of Buddhism in the seventh century. Countering the long-held idea that Tibet’s pre-Buddhist indigenous culture was primitive and undeveloped, this book shares the rich cultural origins of the kingdom... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rainbow Body
The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin
Written by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Translated by Andriano Clemente


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-491-2 (1-58394-491-5)

An inspiring biography of a twentieth-century Tibetan yogin, The Rainbow Body: The Life and Realization of a Tibetan Yogin, Togden Ugyen Tendzin, presents the remarkable life story of Togden (a title meaning “endowed with realization”) Ugyen Tendzin (1888-1962) who, at the end of his life, attained the “rainbow body.” Described as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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