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The Flamboya Tree
Memories of a Mother's Wartime Courage
Written by Clara Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6685-5 (0-8129-6685-6)

The Flamboya Tree is a fascinating story that will leave the reader informed about a missing piece of the World War II experience, and in awe of one family’s survival.” —Elizabeth M. Norman, author of
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

Fifty... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Flowers of Edo

Written by Michael Dana Kennedy


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-934287-80-4 (1-934287-80-6)

What if the U.S., like in Normandy, landed on the shores of Japan to engage in a massive tide-turning ground campaign?

In The Flowers of Edo, writer and renown WWII researcher Michael Dana Kennedy explores this alternate history in a revealing work of literary fiction. The story begins with Japanese-American Kenji Kobayashi... Read more >
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The Second World
How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Parag Khanna


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7984-8 (0-8129-7984-2)

In The Second World, scholar Parag Khanna, chosen as one of Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the Twenty-First Century, reveals how America’s future depends on its ability to compete with the European Union and China to forge relationships with the Second World, the pivotal regions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Woman Warrior
Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Written by Maxine Hong Kingston


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72188-8 (0-679-72188-6)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction


“A book of fierce clarity and originality” (Newsweek), Maxine Hong Kingston’s autobiography tells of her early life in California and the cultural confusion she experienced as the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

“A remarkable book. . . . As... Read more >
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The Epic of Gesar of Ling
Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King
Translated by Robin Kornman, Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro
Foreword by Sakyong Mipham and Alak Zenkar Rinpoche


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $120.00
ISBN: 978-1-59030-842-4 (1-59030-842-5)

The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights and has never been translated into a Western language before. For hundreds of years, versions of it have been known in oral and written form in Tibet, China, Central Asia, and across the eastern Silk Route. King Gesar... Read more >

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China Wakes
The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76393-2 (0-679-76393-7)

Husband-and-wife reporters Kristof and WuDunn were the Beijing correspondents for The New York Times from 1988 to 1993 and won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  They offer here a profoundly important study on the current state of affairs in China in a time of seismic change... Read more >
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Thunder from the East
Portrait of a Rising Asia
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70301-0 (0-375-70301-2)

The recent economic crisis in Asia heaped devastation upon millions. Yet Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn argue that it was the best thing that could have happened to Asia. It destroyed the cronyism, protectionism, and government regulation that had been crippling Asian business for decades, and it left in its wake... Read more >
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Tao Te Ching
Zen Teachings on the Taoist Classic
Written by Lao-Tzu and Takuan Soho
Translated by Thomas Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-896-7 (1-59030-896-4)

This version of the Tao Te Ching, translated by Thomas Cleary, presents the classic text in a unique light, through the eyes of the Zen master Takuan Soho, who lived from 1573 to 1645. Takuan was an acerbic, witty, free spirit who became a seminal figure in Rinzai Zen. He was... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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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 >
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Great Soul
Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Written by Joseph Lelyveld


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38995-4 (0-307-38995-2)

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Great Soul
Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Written by Joseph Lelyveld


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26958-4 (0-307-26958-2)

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass movement, his recognition late in life that few of his followers paid more than lip service to his ambitious goals of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Accidental Asian
Notes of a Native Speaker
Written by Eric Liu


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70486-4 (0-375-70486-8)

What is race for? That question animates every page of The Accidental Asian, a powerful work from one of the nation's leading young voices. In these personal and poignant reflections, assimilation became clear for Liu when he tried to read a memorial book about his father's life, composed in Chinese, and... Read more >
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Embers of War
The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Written by Fredrik Logevall


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75647-4 (0-375-75647-7)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Into the Teeth of the Tiger

Written by Donald S. Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-752-9 (1-56098-752-9)

Into the Teeth of the Tiger provides a vivid, pilot’s-eye view of one of the most extended projections of American air power in World War II Asia. Lopez chronicles every aspect of fighter combat in that theater: harrowing aerial battles, interludes of boredom and inactivity, instances of courage and cowardice. Describing... Read more >
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In Spite of the Gods
The Rise of Modern India
Written by Edward Luce


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7977-3 (1-4000-7977-2)

As the world's largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social and economic issues.

Here, noted journalist and former Financial Times South... Read more >
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March Was Made of Yarn
Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown
Edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94886-1 (0-307-94886-2)

In time for the one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, a collection of essays and stories by Japanese writers on the devastating disaster, its aftermath, and the resolve of a people to rebuild.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering a... Read more >
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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 Road of Lost Innocence
The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine
Written by Somaly Mam
Foreword by Nicholas D. Kristof
Introduction by Ayaan Hirsi Ali


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 28, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52622-7 (0-385-52622-9)

Selected for Common Reading at West Texas A&M University

A riveting and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope–by a woman named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her... 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: $17.95
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 >
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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)

NOW IN PAPERBACK

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 >
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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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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 >
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