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Bestselling & New Arrivals
My First Trip to China
My First Trip to China is a brilliant collection of writings by renowned foreigners and overseas Chinese on their insights (and hindsight) of their first encounter with China. Editor Liu has accumulated personal and vivid stories that illuminate the evolution of Western attitudes towards modern China. Writers whose passages feature in the book include: Perry Link from Princeton University, Andrew Nathan from Columbia University and Jonathan Mirsky from Times of London.
Japan From the Source
Japan’s best local cooks share their expertise and passion for food in this new Lonely Planet cookbook series. Japan is an archipelago of over 3000 islands, and local cuisine vary region to region. This cookbook manage to cover all types of Japanese dishes –from soups to sushi. The recipes are simple enough and not overwhelming. The Japanese value culinary experience like no other culture, and this cookbook has a comprehensive section on the history, thought process and cultural significance of each dish. An excellent cookbook but also a wonderful read!
A Force That Takes
Edward Ragg is a poet based in Beijing, whose compelling poetry is melodic and yet brimming with life. His use of delicately precise metaphor and personification are thought-provoking. With poems set in contemporary Vancouver and Beijing, A Force That Takes is Ragg’s first published collection of poetry. He has lived in Beijing since 2007, and currently teaches at Tsinghua University. He has also won the 2012 Cinnamon Press Poetry Award.
Xi Jinping: Red China, the Next Generation
Xi Jinping’s journey in becoming the undisputed leader of China has been tumultuous. In Xi Jinping: Red China, the Next Generation, Agnes Andresy studies the origins of the Party’s top leader and his rise to power. In her latest work, Andresy also questions China under Xi’s leadership. Will he prioritise a Reform, or will he direct China towards a Western form of government? Agnes Andresy is a business consultant and strategic researcher on China. Her previous works include: “Red princelings: The new leaders of China” (2004) and “Who’s Hu: The politics and networks of Hu Jintao, president of China” (2008).
Thailand From the Source
Lonely Planet presents, From the Source, a cookbook series that introduces food lovers and travel enthusiasts to the world’s most authentic local dishes. In From the Source Thailand, readers are treated to Thailand’s deliciously authentic recipes and also recipes with Muslim and Chinese influences. This cookbook covers Thailand from coast to coast. It goes deep into Thailand’s central, northern and northeastern cuisines. Thailand’s history and culture are well represented by each dish in this cookbook.
Nang is a 10-issue magazine, which covers cinema and cinema cultures in the Asian world. This is not a traditional cinema magazine: It will not feature news, reviews, event or industry reports nor will it try to fit within particular niches. Nang broadens the horizons if what cinema is in Asia, engaging its readers with a wide range of stories, contexts, subjects and works connected by the cinema. Nang is an independent, non-ad-driven publication and solely relies on the support of its readers and sponsors.
What is Not Yours is Not Yours
Internationally acclaimed author Helen Oyeyemi’s latest book is listed in New York Magazine, Time Magazine and The Washington Post’s lists of ‘Best Book of 2016’. It is a playful and whimsical novel that revolved around the ideas of keys, literally and metaphorically. Oyeyemi tells the story of the key to a house, the key to a heart and the key to a secret. What is Not Yours is Not Yours is an ambitious story yet masterfully written.
Sweetbitter is author Stephanie Danler’s debut novel, and an exciting one. It tells the story of twenty-two year old Tess, who moved to New York City to work a low-level job at ‘the best restaurant in NYC’. A story of love and learning, Sweetbitter is an entertaining page-turner.
The Kingdom of Speech
In Tom Wolfe’s latest book, the controversial and always entertaining author challenges what we think we know about speech and human evolution. Wolfe has written a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech –not evolution, is responsible for humanity’s complex societies and achievements. The Kingdom of Speech is a beautifully written and curiously entertaining book on the debate over language and evolution.
In a desperate attempt to cure her mentally impaired children, a mother resorts to an old wives’ tale of cannibalism. A controversial satire of China’s superstitions, Yan Lianke is one of China’s most eminent novelist and satirist.
Gifts and Stationery
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Book Club Picks – China-focus
With so many good reads out there, selecting a good range of titles for your book club can be daunting, so we’ve done it for you and here are our suggestions.
In Wish Lantern, we see the main characters grow up and we immidiately sympathize and become attached to them. All the chapters in this novel flow together seamlessly, so that the feelings and personal experiences of the main characters delicately intertwine.
Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion’s masterpiece Play It As It Lays, which was published almost three decades ago, is a study of American life in the late 1960s. It is set in places reflecting temptation and despair, Hollywood, Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert. A well-written book that follows the story of a woman living in a society that is at crisis point. Play It As It Lays is a profoundly disturbing and haunting novel.
Heat & Light
In her latest novel, Haigh enlighten readers with the business of fracking and its effects on the residents of Bakerton, Pennsylvania. Heat & Light is a multilayered drama on human perspectives on the controversial subject that is fracking. An important yet entertaining environmental drama!
The Last Gods of Indochine
Ferrer’s debut novel is an enchanting one. Set in an extinct civilization, it is the story of two characters, Jacquie and Paaku. They are six centuries apart, but are connected by the same magical forces. Samuel Ferrer is a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the first non-Asian to be nominated for the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize. An exotic and sublime tale told beautifully.
The Heart of a Dog
In this anti-Soviet and anti-Proletariat satire, Bulgakov entice readers with intense sarcasm and humor. A dramatic book that offers a satirical look at the social and economic changes brought by Russia's Socialist Revolution of 1917.
That Man in Our Lives
A witty novel about the effects of globalization in China, and what it means to lose the most fundamental dynamic of one's existence. Xu Xi takes readers into a journey of two polarizing cultures. Definitely a page-turner!
The Empire of The Sun
The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg's film, tells of a young boy's struggle to survive World War II in China.
Hailed as “China’s Midnight’s Children” (The Independent) this “brilliant, mind-expanding, and wildly original novel” (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate.Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you.
Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia
The Last Quarter of the Moon
Street of Eternal Happiness
Rob Schmitz, Marketplace’s China correspondent, sympathetically explores the life of ordinary Chinese people living in the same neighbourhood as him. It is a book that will undoubtedly expand your perceptions of contemporary China.