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TRAVELS IN SRI LANKA
Written by JOHN GIMLETTE

Format: Trade Paperback, 444 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/21/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80699-4

No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. In Elephant Complex, he ventures into Sri Lanka, a country only now emerging from twenty-six years of civil war. Beginning in the exuberant capital, Colombo, Gimlette ventures out in all directions: to the dry zones where the island’s 5,800 wild elephants congregate around ancient reservoirs; through cinnamon country with its Portuguese forts; to the “Bible Belt” of Buddhism; then up into Kandy, the country’s eccentric, aristocratic...

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Written by LYNNE KUTSUKAKE

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/21/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91246-1

Against the backdrop of occupied Tokyo, a young girl searches for her missing older sister, who has disappeared into the world of bars and dance halls. In the process, her story will become intertwined with those of others trying to make sense of their lives in a post-war world: a thirteen-year-old Japanese Canadian “repat,” a school teacher who translates love letters from American GIs, and a Japanese-American soldier serving with the Occupation forces. An emotionally gripping portrait of a...

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A NEW HISTORY OF THE WORLD
Written by PETER FRANKOPAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/07/2017

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91237-9

Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and...

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EXPLAINING THE EAST-WEST CULTURE GAP
Written by GISH JEN

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94782-1

A provocative and important study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business. 

Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another. Is our mantra "To thine own self be true"? Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves--a family, a religion, a troop--that claims our first allegiance? Gish Jen--drawing on a...

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AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY INVENTION
Written by ALEXANDER MONRO

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/21/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-45669-4

The Paper Trail is the two-millennia-long history of how a simple Chinese invention changed the course of human events. Tracing the emergence of paper from the imperial court of Han China to its subsequent journeys to Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, through the empire of the Abbasid Caliphate and eventually, by way of the Silk Road, to Europe in the late thirteenth century, Alexander Monro shows how the medium allowed religions and revolutions, philosophies and propaganda to spread like never...

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Foreword by DONALD KEENE
Commentaries by PETER MACMILLAN
Translator PETER MACMILLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39257-8

One of the three seminal works of Japanese literature—a beautiful collection of poems and tales that offers an unparalleled insight into ancient Japan

Along with the Tale of Genji and One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, the Tales of Ise is considered one of the three most important works of Japanese literature. A poem-tale collection from the early Heian period, it contains many stories of amorous adventures, faithful friendship, and travels in exile, framing the exquisite poems at the work's...

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THE UNTOLD STORY OF VICE, MONEY, AND MURDER IN NEW YORK'S CHINATOWN
Written by SCOTT D. SELIGMAN

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 07/12/2016

Price: $29.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-56227-3

A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium in a "wild ramble around Chinatown in its darkest days." (The New Yorker)

Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to...

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AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY INVENTION
Written by ALEXANDER MONRO

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27166-2

A sweeping, richly detailed history that tells the fascinating story of how paper—the simple Chinese invention of two thousand years ago—wrapped itself around our world, humankind’s most momentous ideas imprinted on its surface.
            
The emergence of paper in the imperial court of Han China brought about a revolution in the transmission of knowledge and ideas, allowing religions, philosophies and propaganda to spread with ever greater ease. The first writing surface sufficiently cheap,...

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LIFE AMID THE RUINS OF SRI LANKA'S CIVIL WAR
Written by ROHINI MOHAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/20/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68883-0

For three decades, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 300,000 civilians and killed more than 40,000. More than a million had been displaced by the conflict, and the resilient among them still dared to hope. But the next five years changed everything.

Rohini Mohan’s searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation looks beyond the heroism of wartime...

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AN ENGAGED BUDDHIST MANIFESTO FOR OUR EARTH -- THE BUDDHA'S LIFE AND MESSAGE THROUGH FEMININE EYES
Written by THANISSARA

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94916-0

Time to Stand Up retells the story of the historical Buddha, one of the greatest sacred activists of all time, as a practical human being whose teachings of freedom from suffering are more relevant than ever in this time of global peril. Evolving onward from the patriarchal template of spiritual warriors and their quests, former nun Thanissara explores awakening from within a feminine view where the archetypes of lover and nurturer are placed as central and essential for a sustainable...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 07/21/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17876-8

A tale of battling armies, political intrigue, star-crossed romance, and historical cataclysm, The Peach Blossom Fan is one of the masterpieces of Chinese literature, a vast dramatic composition that combines the range and depth of a great novel with the swift intensity of film.

In the mid-1640s, famine sweeps through China. The Ming dynasty, almost 300 years old, lurches to a bloody end. Peking falls to the Manchus, the emperor hangs himself, and Ming loyalists take refuge in the southern...

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IN SEARCH OF A HIDDEN RESISTANCE IN AFGHANISTAN
Written by JENNY NORDBERG

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 07/14/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95250-9

Selected for Common Reading at:
Northern Arizona University 
Georgian Court University
Illinois Wesleyan University

Winner of the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

A Salon 2014 Authors’ Favorite Book

One of Buzzfeed’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Business Insider Best Book of 2014

Columbus Dispatch Best Book of 2014

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014

A PopMatters Best Book of 2014

An FP Interrupted Best Book of 2014

An IPI Global Observatory Recommended Book for 2015

A TruthDig Book of the Year,...

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