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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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THE SHINOBI TEACHINGS OF HATTORI HANZO

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Blue Snake Books

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94864-4

This historically grounded manga follows the ninja Nagata Saburo as he teaches his son, Hisaaki, the weapons, secret tactics, and values of the ninja. Based on the real-life writings of the famous ninja Hattori Hanzo, Secrets of the Ninja combines a familiar coming-of-age story with a historically accurate background of political intrigue and Sengoku-period Japanese culture. As Hisaaki grows from boy to man, Wilson skillfully interweaves real lessons, weapons, and skills used by ninja in...

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THE PATH TO SELF-REALIZATION AND PHILOSOPHIC INSIGHT, VOLUME 1
Written by PAUL BRUNTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 05/05/2015

Price: $21.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94910-8

Inspired by his time spent with wise sages in Asia in the 1930s, Paul Brunton (1898-1981) wrote The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga (and its companion volume The Wisdom of the Overself) at the request of these remarkable teachers, who recognized that he had a significant role to play in the transmission of Hindu Vedanta and Buddhism to the West. Brunton's books are a profound re-creation of the teachings of those two philosophical schools of thought, informed by the insights of deep meditation....

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A CHINESE NOVEL
Written by ALFRED DOBLIN
Translator C. D. GODWIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-9-629-96564-8

In 1915, fourteen years before Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Döblin published his first novel, an extensively researched Chinese historical extravaganza: The Three Leaps of Wang Lun. Even more remarkably, given its subject matter, the book was written in Expressionist style and is now considered the first modern German novel, as well as the first Western novel to depict a China untouched by the West. It is virtually unknown in English. Based on actual accounts of a doomed rebellion during...

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Written by LIU HSIEH
Translator VINCENT YU-CHUNG SHIH

Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-9-629-96585-3

The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons is the first comprehensive work of literary criticism in Chinese, and one that has been considered essential reading for writers and scholars since it was written some 1,500 years ago. A vast compendium of all that was known about Chinese literature at the time, it is simultaneously a taxonomy and history of genres and styles and a manual for good writing. Its chapters, organized according to the I Ching, cover such topics as “Choice of Style,”...

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REFLECTIONS ON THE WORK OF WANG GUANGYI
Written by HUANG ZHUAN
Text by (art/photo books)

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: Skira

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $45.00

ISBN: 978-8-857-22110-6

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 of the history of ideas and art rather than that of news and politics. It adopts methods and approaches easily understandable by Western readers in order to...

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