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Written by ARUNDHATI ROY

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/06/2017

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-524-73315-5

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things
 
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.
It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental...

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Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator PHILIP GABRIEL, TED GOOSSEN

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/09/2017

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-451-49462-7

A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. 

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell...

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Written by GENGOROH TAGAME
Translator ANNE ISHII

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 05/02/2017

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87151-5

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely...

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THE RETURN OF RELIGION AFTER MAO
Written by IAN JOHNSON

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 04/11/2017

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87005-1

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a revelatory portrait of religion in China today—its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China’s future. 

The Souls of China tells the story of one of the world’s great spiritual revivals.  Following a century of violent anti-religious campaigns, China is now filled with new temples, churches, and mosques—as well as cults, sects, and politicians trying to harness religion for...

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A VIETNAMESE WOMAN'S JOURNEY FROM WAR TO PEACE
Written by LE LY HAYSLIP

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/04/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-43184-8

In these pages, Le Ly Hayslip—just twelve years old when U.S. helicopters landed in her tiny village of Ky La—shows us the Vietnam War as she lived it. Initially pressed into service by the Vietcong, Le Ly was captured and imprisoned by government forces. She found sanctuary at last with an American contractor and ultimately fled to the United States. Almost twenty years after her escape, Le Ly found herself inexorably drawn back to the devastated country and loved ones she’d left behind,...

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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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HOW THE PAST HELPS SHAPE CHINA'S PUSH FOR GLOBAL POWER
Written by HOWARD W. FRENCH

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/14/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35332-8

From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and author of China's Second Continent, an incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy. 

For many years after its reform and opening in 1978, China maintained an attitude of false modesty about its ambitions. That role, reports Howard French, has been set aside. China has asserted its place among the global heavyweights, revealing its plans for...

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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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