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  • A STRANGER AMONG US: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection. by [Anthology, signed] Bierlein, Stacy, editor, Aimee Liu and Laila Lalami, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Bierlein, Stacy, editor, Aimee Liu and Laila Lalami, signed.
    A STRANGER AMONG US: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Chicago: OV Books / Other Voices, (2008). SIGNED first edition - A collection of stories by 30 authors from the US and elswhere - from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe, some published for the first time in the United States. Foreword by Aimee Liu. Contributors include Nathan Englander, Laila Lalami, Ana Menendez, Josip Novakovich, Wanda Coleman, Tony d'Souza, Samrat Upadhyay, Mary Yukari Waters, Luis Alfaro, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Rashad Majid, Carolyn Alessio, Diane Lefer, Amanda Eyre Ward, and many others. SIGNED by FOUR contributors - Three on the title page: Stacy Bierlein, Aimee Liu and Laila Lalami and Viet Thanh Nguyen at his story 'The Professor's Office.' Notes on contributors. xx, 392 pp. ISBN: 978-0976717737.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. Promotional postcard laid in.

    Book ID: 72526
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  • THE TEAHOUSE FIRE. by Avery, Ellis.
    Avery, Ellis.
    THE TEAHOUSE FIRE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Riverhead Books, 2007. First edition - The author's first novel, the story of two women - one an American orphan adopted by a Japanese family and the other the daughter of that family -whose lives intersect in late nineteenth century Japan. 390 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 55555
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  • THE TEAHOUSE FIRE. by Avery, Ellis.
    Avery, Ellis.
    THE TEAHOUSE FIRE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Riverhead Books, 2007. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, the story of two women - one an American orphan adopted by a Japanese family and the other the daughter of that family -whose lives intersect in late nineteenth century Japan. 391 pp. ISBN: 1-594489300.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 80878
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  • THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War. by Bradley, James.
    Bradley, James.
    THE IMPERIAL CRUISE: A Secret History of Empire and War.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary…

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    New York & Boston: Little Brown, (2009) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Bradley traces a 1905 voyage to Asia by Roosevelt's emissary William Howard Taft, who negotiated a secret agreement in which America and Japan recognized each other's conquests of the Philippines and Korea. (Roosevelt's flamboyant, pistol-packing daughter Alice went along to generate publicity, and Bradley highlights her antics.) Each port of call prompts a case study of American misdeeds: the brutal counterinsurgency in the Philippines; the takeover of Hawaii by American sugar barons; Roosevelt's betrayal of promises to protect Korea, which greenlighted Japanese expansionism and thus makes him responsible for Pearl Harbor. Bradley explores the racist underpinnings of Roosevelt's policies and paradoxical embrace of the Japanese as Honorary Aryans. Bradley's critique of Rooseveltian imperialism is compelling but unbalanced." Maps, photographs, notes, index. Map endpapers. 387 pp. ISBN: 9780316008952.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 62138
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  • NIGHTFALL OVER SHANGHAI. by Kalla, Daniel.
    Kalla, Daniel.
    NIGHTFALL OVER SHANGHAI.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Forge / TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (2016). Hardcover first edition - The third book in this Canadian author's trilogy set in Shangaii against the backdrop of World War II. "It's 1944 and the Japanese are losing the war, but Shanghai is more dangerous than ever. After fleeing Nazi Europe, Dr. Franz Adler and his daughter, Hannah, have adjusted to life in their strange adopted city, but they are now imprisoned in the Shanghai Ghetto for refugee Jews. Franz is compelled to work as a surgeon for the hated Japanese military, while his Eurasian wife, Sunny, is recruited into a spy ring, providing crucial information to the Allies about the city's port." 404 pp. ISBN: 978-0765383808.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 76897
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  • TIGERS IN THE SNOW. by Matthiessen, Peter.
    Matthiessen, Peter.
    TIGERS IN THE SNOW.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: North Point Press - Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of the endangered Asian tigers - especially the Siberian tiger. Photographs and Introduction by Maurice Hornocker. Illustrated with full color photographs throughout. xvii, 185 pp. Wide format. Illustrated endpapers (maps of Europe and China, depicting the habitat range of tigers). ISBN: 0-865-475768.

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    New York: North Point Press - Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of the endangered Asian tigers - especially the Siberian tiger. Photographs and Introduction by Maurice Hornocker. Illustrated with full color photographs throughout. xvii, 185 pp. Wide format. Illustrated endpapers (maps of Europe and China, depicting the habitat range of tigers). ISBN: 0-865-475768.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (some scattered pencil underlining and brackets - erasable.)

    Book ID: 46764
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  • LAMPS IN THE WIND: South Indian College Women and Their Problems. by McDougall, Eleanor (1874-1956)
    McDougall, Eleanor (1874-1956)
    LAMPS IN THE WIND: South Indian College Women and Their Problems.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Friendship Press, 1940. Hardcover first edition - Although this book focuses on the experiences and Christian faith of several students at the Women's Christian College in Madras, India , the introduction comments that the demand for education has outstripped what the Christian Church can offer, and many schools are now available with no connection to any religion. McDougal was Principal of the school from its inception in 1915 to 1938, but her successor, Eleanor Rivett, felt that this book should be suppressed since its focus on the weaknesses of the Indian students could undo all the good that had been done up to that time and even endanger its future. While the defence was made that this…

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    New York: Friendship Press, 1940. Hardcover first edition - Although this book focuses on the experiences and Christian faith of several students at the Women's Christian College in Madras, India , the introduction comments that the demand for education has outstripped what the Christian Church can offer, and many schools are now available with no connection to any religion. McDougal was Principal of the school from its inception in 1915 to 1938, but her successor, Eleanor Rivett, felt that this book should be suppressed since its focus on the weaknesses of the Indian students could undo all the good that had been done up to that time and even endanger its future. While the defence was made that this was written for a British audience (and it was not, in fact, made available in India), the Indian staff were almost unanimous in disavowing the picture it presented and in feeling that their previous principal had betrayed confidential matters. Even the title "Lamps in the Wind" implies weakness. Frontispiece. 165 pp. plus 1 pp of publisher's ads.

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    Condition: Very good in illustrated cloth (previous owner's name, offsetting to the front endpaper), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69139
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  • DEAD MAN IN THE SILVER MARKET. by Menen, Aubrey.
    Menen, Aubrey.
    DEAD MAN IN THE SILVER MARKET.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. dj. Hardcover - In this 'autobiographical essay,' the author presents a satirical view of his Indian (on his father's side) and Irish (on his mother's side) ancestry, complete with an account of being taken to visit his Indian grandmother at age 12 in a chapter entitled "My grandmother and the dirty English." 203 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 45184
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  • BAMBOO SECRETS: One Woman's Quest through the Shadows of Japan. by Miller, Patricia Dove.
    Miller, Patricia Dove.
    BAMBOO SECRETS: One Woman's Quest through the Shadows of Japan.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Nevada City, California: Illuminated Owl Press, (2016). SIGNED first edition - A memoir which "weaves together four strands: a mature woman in search of herself, a marriage in trouble, the dark side of Japan, and the beauty of Japanese art and culture. While living in Japan in 1993, Patricia Dove Miller's dream of a year of exploration is shattered when her husband is detained on drug charges. She struggles with a sense of betrayal upon learning her husband's secrets and yet she stands by him, in the face of the terrifying uncertainties now confronting them. To save herself, she seeks refuge in two Japanese traditional arts--ikebana and shakuhachi (bamboo flute)" SIGNED on the title page. Illustrated. 319 pp. ISBN: 978-0997253900.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers. Award sticker on front cover.

    Book ID: 88389
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  • BAMBOO SECRETS: One Woman's Quest through the Shadows of Japan. by Miller, Patricia Dove.
    Miller, Patricia Dove.
    BAMBOO SECRETS: One Woman's Quest through the Shadows of Japan.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Nevada City, California: Illuminated Owl Press, (2016). SIGNED first edition - A memoir which "weaves together four strands: a mature woman in search of herself, a marriage in trouble, the dark side of Japan, and the beauty of Japanese art and culture. While living in Japan in 1993, Patricia Dove Miller's dream of a year of exploration is shattered when her husband is detained on drug charges. She struggles with a sense of betrayal upon learning her husband's secrets and yet she stands by him, in the face of the terrifying uncertainties now confronting them. To save herself, she seeks refuge in two Japanese traditional arts--ikebana and shakuhachi (bamboo flute)" INSCRIBED on the title page. Illustrated. 319 pp. ISBN: 978-0997253900.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (name on first page).

    Book ID: 85708
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  • PRINCE BORGHESE'S TRAIL: 10,000 Miles Over Two Continents, Four Desserts, and the Roof of the World in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. by Obert, Genevieve.
    Obert, Genevieve.
    PRINCE BORGHESE'S TRAIL: 10,000 Miles Over Two Continents, Four Desserts, and the Roof of the World in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    San Francisco & Tulsa: Council Oak Books, (1999). First edition - A classic travel adventure - "The original Peking to Paris rally took place in June of 1907, when Italian Prince Scipione Borghese, accompanied by journalist Luigi Barzini, set out in his forty-horsepower Itala on what would be a grueling sixty-day race to Paris. Ninety years later, the author, Genny Obert, and co-driver Linda Dodwell set out in a classic Hillman Hunter, departing from the Great Wall along with ninety-six other driving teams also racing for Paris, in a recreation of that historic rally. The 1997 Peking to Paris passed through China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Austria, Germany, and France, traversing some of the most rugged,…

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    San Francisco & Tulsa: Council Oak Books, (1999). First edition - A classic travel adventure - "The original Peking to Paris rally took place in June of 1907, when Italian Prince Scipione Borghese, accompanied by journalist Luigi Barzini, set out in his forty-horsepower Itala on what would be a grueling sixty-day race to Paris. Ninety years later, the author, Genny Obert, and co-driver Linda Dodwell set out in a classic Hillman Hunter, departing from the Great Wall along with ninety-six other driving teams also racing for Paris, in a recreation of that historic rally. The 1997 Peking to Paris passed through China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Austria, Germany, and France, traversing some of the most rugged, remote, and magical landscape on the planet. The dangers are real: Genny and Linda drive at times entirely alone through vast deserts of fundamentalist Islamic countries in makeshift purdah; an accident in Pakistan claims the lives of a German father and son team... The book provides a crash course in the functions and failings of vintage autos, and offers haunting flashbacks from Luigi Barzini's celebrated account of the original rally interwoven with the day by day rigors and dangers of flogging fragile classic cars over narrow mountain roads, through streams, and across searing deserts." Maps, color photographs and an appendix with an entry list and final placement. 308 pp. ISBN: 1-571780858.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 85183
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  • Parrish, Robert D.
    COMBAT RECON: My Year With the AVRN.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: St Martin's, (1991.) dj. Hardcover - In 1967, as a young Army Lieutenant, the author was attached as an advisor to units of the ARVN ((Army of the Republic of Vietnam). He saw the South Vietnamese Army in action against the Viet Cong and he served as a Battalion advisor and later with a Reconnaissance Company. This book describes his conclusions that despite adverse conditions, and poor equipment and training, the ARVN fought bravely and professionally. Illustrated with 8 pages of photographs and 7 maps. 291 pp. ISBN: 0-312-054033.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37578
    Keywords: asia, Military, vietnam war
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  • THE GRAND PEREGRINATION, Being the Life and Adventures of Fernao Mendes Pinto. by [Pinto, Fernao Mendes, 1509 -1583] Collis, Maurice (1889-1973)
    [Pinto, Fernao Mendes, 1509 -1583] Collis, Maurice (1889-1973)
    THE GRAND PEREGRINATION, Being the Life and Adventures of Fernao Mendes Pinto.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Faber & Faber, (1949) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first biography of this 16th century Portuguese adventurer and explorer who left Portugal in 1537 as a common soldier but whose travels were intended to help him establish himself as a merchant. Pinto traveled to the coast of India, Japan, China, and Malaya and more - was thrown into prison by the Chinese, introduced firearms to Japan, and succeeded in becoming wealthy but after meeting Saint Francis Xavier, he joined the newly formed Jesuit Society and headed a mission to Japan, only to recognize its futility. His autobiography - Peregrinacao or Pilgrimage - was published posthumously in 1614. While some of the claims in this work might have…

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    London: Faber & Faber, (1949) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first biography of this 16th century Portuguese adventurer and explorer who left Portugal in 1537 as a common soldier but whose travels were intended to help him establish himself as a merchant. Pinto traveled to the coast of India, Japan, China, and Malaya and more - was thrown into prison by the Chinese, introduced firearms to Japan, and succeeded in becoming wealthy but after meeting Saint Francis Xavier, he joined the newly formed Jesuit Society and headed a mission to Japan, only to recognize its futility. His autobiography - Peregrinacao or Pilgrimage - was published posthumously in 1614. While some of the claims in this work might have been inaccurate, Collis considers them compatible with historical events and Pinto's work as the most complete European account of 16th century Asian history. Includes 13 illustrations, bibliography, index. 313 pp

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    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (toning to pages and endpapers, some chipping to the dj at the top of the spine)

    Book ID: 84600
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  • AN HISTORICAL DISQUISITION CONCERNING THE KNOWLEDGE WHICH THE ANCIENTS HAD OF INDIA; and the progress of trade with that country prior to the discovery of the passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope. With an appendix, containing observations on the civil policy, the laws and judicial proceedings, the arts, the sciences, and religious institutions, of the Indians. VOLUME XII : INDIA of THE WORKS OF WILLIAM ROBERTSON, D.D. by Robertson, William, D.D.
    Robertson, William, D.D.
    AN HISTORICAL DISQUISITION CONCERNING THE KNOWLEDGE WHICH THE ANCIENTS HAD OF INDIA; and the progress of trade with that country prior to the discovery of the passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope. With an appendix, containing observations on the civil policy, the laws and judicial proceedings, the arts, the sciences, and religious institutions, of the Indians. VOLUME XII : INDIA of THE WORKS OF WILLIAM ROBERTSON, D.D.

    Edition: Reprint.

    London: Printed for W. Sharpe and Son, Allason and others, 1820. Hardcover - Volume XII only in the complete works of Robertson, complete in itself. A history of ancient India starting with Romans through the establishment off Portuguese in East Asia. Large folded map tipped onto page in between the two title pages. Includes an appendix, notes and illustrations, index. v, 402 pp.

    Condition: Good condition overall in quarter leather binding and marbled boards (some wear to the sides of the spine and the corners, tanning to several pages, but still sturdy and very readable).

    Book ID: 75364
    Keywords: asia, History: World
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  • LIVING AT THE MONASTERY, WORKING IN THE KITCHEN: Poems by Shaffer, Eric Paul.
    Shaffer, Eric Paul.
    LIVING AT THE MONASTERY, WORKING IN THE KITCHEN: Poems

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Chantilly, Virginia: Leaping Dog Press, 2001. SIGNED first edition - The author's fourth collection of poetry, written during eight years he spent living in Asia, and in the voice of Shih-te, cook and janitor at Kuo-ch'sing monastery during the T'sang Dynasty. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on the title page. Copyright page indicates 100 copies, but this copy is not numbered. 72 pp plus a photograph and 'about the author.'. ISBN: 1-58775004X.

    Condition: Very near fine in yellow glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 79212
    Keywords: asia, Poetry
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  • Tan, Amy (illustrated by Gretchen Shields)
    THE MOON LADY

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1992.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Tan's first book for children, adapted from her novel "The Joy Luck Club" illustrated in gorgeous full color by Gretchen Shields. SIGNED by Tan on the title page. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-02-788304.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dustjacket (crinkling to upper edge.) A beautiful copy of a lovely book.

    Book ID: 18437
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  • THE DEVIL SOLDIER: The Story of Frederick Townsend Ward. by [Ward, Frederick Townsend, 1831-1862] Carr, Caleb
    [Ward, Frederick Townsend, 1831-1862] Carr, Caleb
    THE DEVIL SOLDIER: The Story of Frederick Townsend Ward.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of Frederick Townsend Ward, a young American mercenary born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1831, who became one of the most acclaimed military leaders in the Chinese empire. In 1859, in the midst of the Taiping Rebellion, Ward created the 'Ever Victorious Army' - otherwise known as the 'Devil Soldiers' in response to the powerful rebel threat - by training Chinese soldiers in Western methods. By the time he fell mortally wounded in battle in September 1862, his place in Chinese military history was assured. Illustrated photographs, map. List of cast of characters, notes, index. xiv, 366 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-679411143.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73979
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  • ELOQUENCE IN TROUBLE: The Poetics and Politics of Complaint in Rural Bangladesh. by Wilce, James M.
    Wilce, James M.
    ELOQUENCE IN TROUBLE: The Poetics and Politics of Complaint in Rural Bangladesh.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, (1998). Hardcover first edition - "The first ethnography of one of the most spoken mother tongues on earth, Bangla, this study represents a new approach to troubles talk, combining the rigor of discourse analysis with the interpretive depth of psychological anthropology." A title in the Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics series. Photographs, list of key characters, notes, references, index and glossary. xix, 300 pp. ISBN: 0-195106873.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in light tan boards with silver lettering, no dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 72781
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  • TEN THOUSAND LEAVES:Love Poems From The Manyoshu. by Wright, Harold, translator.
    Wright, Harold, translator.
    TEN THOUSAND LEAVES:Love Poems From The Manyoshu.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, (1985). Contains 136 poems, translated from the Japanese by Wright and arranged in a thematic sequence. These represent just a small selection from the Manyoshu - compiled in the 8th century, it contains 4,516 poems, one of the world's great collections of poetry) Includes an introduction by the translator. Illustrated throughout with classic Japanese paintings and drawings. Notes on the poems and poets. 94 pp. ISBN: 0-879512407.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74827
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