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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Written by Shunryu Suzuki

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-267-5 (1-59030-267-2)

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. In a single... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Treasury of the True Dharma Eye
Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo
Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Format: Hardcover, 1280 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $100.00
ISBN: 978-1-59030-935-3 (1-59030-935-9)

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Yellow Peril!
An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear
Written by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-123-7 (1-78168-123-6)

The “yellow peril” is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture–indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is... Read more >

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A Political and Spiritual Life
Written by Kathryn Tidrick

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-101-5 (1-78168-101-5)

Throughout his long and turbulent career as a political leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfill his religious aspirations through politics and to reconcile politics with personal religious conviction. But Gandhi’s religion was wildly divergent from anything to have taken root in his native India... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace
The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
Written by Dang Thuy Tram

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-34738-1 (0-307-34738-9)

“Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war.”
—Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Family's Journey
Written by GB Tran

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0 (0-345-50872-6)

A TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Memoir of All Time
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2011 Library Journal Best Graphic Novel

Selected for common reading at Davidson College

A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are... Read more >

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Tao Te Ching
Text Only Edition
Written by Lao Tsu
Translated by Gia-Fu Feng, Jane English and Toinette Lippe
Introduction by Jacob Needleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72434-6 (0-679-72434-6)

Available for the first time in a handy, easy-to-use size, here is the most accessible and authoritative modern English translation of the ancient Chinese classic. This new Vintage edition includes an introduction and notes by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman. Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Book of the Samurai
Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Translated by William Scott Wilson

Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-985-8 (1-59030-985-5)

Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an eighteenth-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct... Read more >

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Warriors of Medieval Japan

Written by Stephen Turnbull

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-220-2 (1-84603-220-2)

The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades but deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai or trained assassin, these men were driven by strict codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion.

This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tao Te Ching
A New Translation
Written by Lao Tzu
Translated by William Scott Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-077-7 (1-61180-077-3)

The classic Taoist text freshly translated using the original Chinese script from Lao Tzu’s time, and beautifully illustrated with seventeenth-century artwork.

Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu’s classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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An Afghanistan Picture Show
Or, How I Saved the World
Written by William T. Vollmann

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-198-0 (1-61219-198-3)

A personal account of the origins of America's longest war, never before available in paperback and all but invisible for twenty years.

In 1982, the young William Vollmann worked odd jobs, including as a secretary at an insurance company, until he’d saved up enough money to go to Afghanistan, where he wanted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Basic Teachings of the Buddha

Written by Glenn Wallis and Buddha

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7523-9 (0-8129-7523-5)

Praise for Basic Teachings of the Buddha:

“In this masterful new commentary on the earliest Buddhist writings, Professor Wallis challenges us with sixteen propositions about human existence itself. Only in this way, he asserts, can modern readers appreciate the Buddha's analysis of the two trajectories facing human beings -- toward pain or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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You Gotta Have Wa

Written by Robert Whiting

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45597-0 (0-307-45597-1)

A hilarious, informative, and riveting account of Japanese baseball and the cultural clashes that ensued when Americans began playing there professionally.

In Japan, baseball is a way of life. It is a philosophy. It is besuboru. Its most important element is wa—group harmony—embodied in the proverb "The nail that sticks up shall... Read more >

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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
And Other Tales
Written by William Scott Wilson and Issai Chozanshi

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-989-6 (1-59030-989-8)

This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are concerned with themes such as perception of conflict, self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and fanciful, but they offer the... Read more >

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The Lone Samurai
The Life of Miyamoto Musashi
Written by William Scott Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-987-2 (1-59030-987-1)

Miyamoto Musashi (1584‒1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers... Read more >

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Tigers Forever
Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat
Written by Steve Winter and Sharon Guynup

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1240-6 (1-4262-1240-2)

Tigers are in trouble, and National Geographic photographer Steve Winter is on a one-man mission to address the plight of this magnificent cat — while there’s still time.  Together with Panthera, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to saving big cats, and its Tigers Initiative, Winter reveals a decade worth of stunning images and... Read more >

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An Essential Guide
Written by Eva Wong

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-882-0 (1-59030-882-4)

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China's Great Leap
The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights
Edited by Minky Worden
Photographed by Ladir Van Lohuizen
Introduction by Nicholas Kristof

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-843-2 (1-58322-843-8)

With contributions from some of the most well respected and experienced Chinese writers, journalists, and organizers, China’s Great Leap examines the People’s Republic of China as its government and 1.3 billion people prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games.

When Beijing first sought the Games, China was still recovering from the upheavals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Master of the Three Ways
Reflections of a Chinese Sage on Living a Satisfying Life
Written by Hung Ying-Ming
Translated by William Scott Wilson
Introduction by Bill Porter

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-993-3 (1-59030-993-6)

At once profound, spiritual, and witty, Master of the Three Ways is a remarkable work about human nature, the essence of life, and how to live simply and with awareness. In three hundred and fifty-seven verses, the author, Hung Ying-ming—a seventeenth-century Chinese sage—explores good and evil, honesty and deception, wisdom and... Read more >

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North Korea Kidnapped My Daughter

Written by Sakie Yokota

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-934287-44-6 (1-934287-44-X)

On November 15, 1977, 13 year-old Megumi Yokota disappeared without a trace while on her way home from school. Twenty years later a newspaper revealed she was abducted by North Korean operatives and was still in North Korea. Megumi and at least 13 others were taken from coastal cities in Japan... Read more >

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The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
Written by Kenji Yoshino

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 20, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76021-1 (0-375-76021-0)

Winner, 2006 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award
Selected for common reading at:
Washington University
Pomona College
University of North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Connecticut State University
2006 Myers Outstanding Book Award

In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Red Flower of China
An Autobiography
Written by Zhai Zhenhua

Format: Trade Paperback, 245 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-009-1 (1-56947-009-X)

“The Cultural Revolution had transformed me into a devil,” writes Zhai. In 1966, at age 15, she led a Red Guard brigade that tortured Chinese citizens branded counterrevolutionaries. She beat innocent people to death and had others exiled; her squad raided homes and murdered people. Now a professor of engineering in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Politics and Theology in Chinese Contemporary Art
Reflections on the Work of Wang Guangyi
Written by Huang Zhuan
Text by Demetrio Paparoni and Marko Daniel

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Skira
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-88-572-2110-6 (88-572-2110-5)

Wang Guangyi’s art is significant not only in China but across the world: this book investigates his artistic path from a new perspective. For any reader interested in understanding contemporary Chinese culture and art, this book provides a unique viewpoint: it approaches the story of a Chinese contemporary artist from the perspective... Read more >
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