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Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way
No other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match Ursula Le Guin's striking new version. Le Guin, best known for thought-provoking science fiction novels that have helped to transform the genre, has studied the Tao Te Ching for more than forty years. She has consulted the literal translations and worked with Chinese scholars to develop a version that lets the ancient text speak in a fresh way to modern people, while remaining faithful to the poetic beauty of the work. Avoiding scholarly interpretations and esoteric Taoist insights, she has revealed the Tao Te Ching 's immediate relevance and power, its depth and refreshing humor, in a way that shows better than ever before why it has been so much loved for more than 2,500 years. Included are Le Guin's own personal commentary and notes on the text. This new version is sure to be welcomed by the many readers of the Tao Te Ching as well as those coming to the text for the first time.

The Art of Western Tai Chi Ch'uan: The Supreme Ultimate & Sweet Science Of Boxing with 10 Limbs
This book introduces trainers and fighters to the philosophy and application of Western Tai Chi Ch'uan for amateur fighting competitors. Western Tai Chi Ch'uan is the merging of its 13 strategies into the basic tactics of western boxing, kickboxing, and Grappling. The result is an amateur fighter with a savage and intimidating defense and a calculated and deliberate offense. You will learn the essential principles, objectives and obstacles of an amateur fighting competitor, including breathing techniques, proper understanding of form and function, intense multi-discipline sparring techniques, and the practical use of meditation processes. Producing over 20 (amateur) champions from 2007 to 2009 at the state and regional levels, Western Tai Chi Ch'uan is emerging as a dynamic and effective fighting system used for martial art competition in the Southeast Region of the United States.

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

This wonderful book delightfully explores the joining of cultures in the great melting pot that is America. Set in 1947, it tells the story of Shirley Temple Wong who, with her family, leaves her native, ancestral home in China and sails off to a new life in Brooklyn. Making friends in this strange new world is very difficult for Shirley, until she discovers baseball, the Brooklyn Dodgers and a wonderful hero and role model in Jackie Robinson. Ages 7-12. Click here for review of the book.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics) by Eleanor Coerr, Ed Young (Illustrator).

Picture book tells the moving story of a young girl dying of leukemia as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima 10 years earlier. At the beginning of the book, Sadako is a healthy young runner, which makes her a more sympathetic character and her death all the more poignant. The girl's hope, seen in her folding paper origami-style into cranes (a symbol of long life), becomes the symbol of mankind's hope for peace. Click here for review of the book.

The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau, Published 1995.

The most complete book about Eastern astrology ever written, The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes explores the personality traits of twelve animal signs of the Chinese zodiac—from the sentimental but crafty rat to the captivating, unpredictable tiger—and the influence of elemental signs of metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. 25 charts. Click here for our Year of the Tiger article.

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
An alluring tour-de-force:   a stunningly original novel told as the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. Taking readers behind rice-paper screens to a world of beauty and cruelty--where appearances are paramount, where men feud over the price of a girl's virginity--Memoirs of a Geisha is an epic on an intimate scale.

"Part historical novel, part fairy tale and part Dickensian romance, Memoirs of a Geisha immerses the reader in an exotic world, even as it relates the story of one women's coming of age" (The New York Times).
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