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Written by KRYS LEE

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 08/02/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-670-02568-8

"Lee takes us into urgent and emotional novelistic terrain: the desperate and tenuous realms defectors are forced to inhabit after escaping North Korea.” –Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son 

"The more confusing and horrible our world becomes, the more critical the role of fiction in communicating both the facts and the meaning of other people’s lives. Krys Lee joins writers like Anthony Marra, Khaled Hosseini and Elnathan John in this urgent work." –San Francisco Chronicle

Yongju...

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Written by QUAN BARRY

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17130-4

Vietnam, 1972: under a full moon, on the banks of the Song Ma River, a baby girl is pulled out of her dead mother’s grave. This is Rabbit, who is born with the ability to speak with the dead. She will flee from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war. As Rabbit channels the voices of the dead, their chorus reconstructs the turbulent history of a nation, from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plantations to the chaos of postwar...

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A NOVEL
Written by SHAWNA YANG RYAN

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/23/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87425-7

A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century.

February 28, 1947: Trapped inside the family home amid an uprising that has rocked Taipei, Dr. Tsai delivers his youngest daughter, the unnamed narrator of Green Island, just after midnight as the city is plunged into martial law. In the following weeks, as the Chinese Nationalists act to crush the opposition, Dr. Tsai becomes one of the many thousands of...

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Written by RUTHANNE LUM MCCUNN

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-08326-0

Lalu Nathoy’s father calls his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloon keeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. Complete with photographs and documents, this biographical novel is the extraordinary story of a legendary pioneer’s fight for independence and...

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Written by TASH AW

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 07/29/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98481-1

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND BOOKPAGE

An expansive, eye-opening novel that captures the vibrancy of China today
 
Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job—but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn’t exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control.Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family’s real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He...

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A MEMOIR
Written by DEBORAH JIANG-STEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-09810-3

Prison Baby is a revised and substantially expanded version of Deborah Jiang Stein’s self-published memoir, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus. Even at twelve years old, Deborah, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her mixed Asian features set her apart from her white, well-intentioned parents who evaded questions about her past. But when she discovered a letter revealing the truth of her prison birth to a heroin-addicted mother—and that she spent...

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Written by JULIE OTSUKA

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/20/2012

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74442-5

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Lit. Award
Finalist for the National Book Award

A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-45459-1

In her singular voice—both humble and brave, touching and humorous—Maxine Hong Kingston gives us a poignant and beautiful memoir-in-verse that captures the wisdom that comes with age. As she reflects on her sixty-five years, she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage to her arrest at a peace march in Washington. On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, she revisits her most...

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Written by GISH JEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/04/2011

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47330-1

Hattie Kong, a retired teacher and a descendant of Confucius, has decided that it’s time to start over. She moves to the peaceful New England town of Riverlake, a place that once represented the rock-solid base of American life. Instead of quietude, Hattie discovers a town challenged by cell-phone towers, chain stores, and struggling farms. Soon Hattie is joined by an immigrant Cambodian family on the run, and—quite unexpectedly—Carter Hatch, a love from her past. As each character seeks to...

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A NOVEL
Written by LISA SEE

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 05/31/2011

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06712-1

In her beloved New York Times bestsellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy.

Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her...

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A FAMILY'S JOURNEY
Written by GB TRAN

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Villard

On Sale: 01/25/2011

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0

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 today: Vietnamerica

GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family’s history. Born and raised in South Carolina...

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A JAPANESE-AMERICAN FAMILY'S QUEST FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM
Written by KIYO SATO

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Soho Press

On Sale: 12/01/2010

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-569-47866-0

Kiyo’s father arrived in California determined to plant his roots in the land of opportunity after leaving Japan. He, his wife, and their nine American-born children labored in the fields together, building a successful farm. Yet at the outbreak of World War II, Kiyo’s family was ordered to Poston Internment Camp. This memoir tells the story of the family’s struggle to endure in these harsh conditions and to rebuild their lives afterward in the face of lingering prejudice.

Kiyo’s Story is...

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