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  1. Heart of the Brush

    Heart of the Brush

    The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy

    • by
    • Kazuaki Tanahashi
    This book is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and art of calligraphy as it’s been practiced for centuries in China, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia. It works as a guide for the beginner hoping to develop an appreciation for Asian calligraphy, for the person who wants to explore calligraphy-creation, as well as for the expert or afficionado who just wants to browse through and exult in… Read More

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  2. Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and Other Macabre Tales from Japan

    Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and Other Macabre Tales from Japan

    A Graphic Novel

    • by
    • Sean Michael Wilson
    Over one hundred years ago, the writer Lafcadio Hearn gathered and translated into English a selection of traditional Japanese ghost/mystery stories. They were published as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. In this new graphic novel, acclaimed manga creator Sean Michael Wilson retells six of these stories. All of them are very well known in Japan, where ghosts and demons are often called yokai, meaning “the mysterious and… Read More

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  3. Walking the Kiso Road

    Walking the Kiso Road

    A Modern-Day Exploration of Old Japan

    • by
    • William Scott Wilson
    Travel with William Scott Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, along Japan's famous Kiso Road (Kisoji in Japanese), an ancient and historic route that runs from north to south through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps. The road was officially established in 1602, but ancient records show that it has been in use since at least 701, probably by merchants and hunters. In the seventeenth century, the road… Read More

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  4. Seeds for a Boundless Life

    Seeds for a Boundless Life

    Zen Teachings from the Heart

    • by
    • Zenkei Blanche Hartman
    • edited by
    • Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
    Zenkei Blanche Hartman is an American Zen legend. A teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, she was the first female abbot of an American Zen center. She is greatly revered, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has lived and taught for many years. This, her long-awaited first book, is a collection of short teachings taken from her talks on the… Read More

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  5. Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    The Legend of Han Shan and Shih Te, the Original Dharma Bums (A Graphic Novel)

    • by
    • Sean Michael Wilson
    Here is a graphic-novel portrait of the wild antics and legendary poetry of two of China’s greatest poets. Han Shan (known as “Cold Mountain”) and Shih Te lived during the Tang dynasty (618–906 C.E.), and were critics of authority (both secular and religious) and champions of social justice. They left their poetry on tree trunks and rocks, and they were also reportedly monastics, drunks, cave dwellers, immortals, and many… Read More

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  6. The Prince and the Zombie

    The Prince and the Zombie

    Tibetan Tales of Karma

    • by
    • Tenzin Wangmo
    In this series of tales, a prince must capture and bring back to his country a zombie who is endowed with magical powers—but in order to succeed he must keep himself from speaking even one word to the zombie. The zombie is wily, and during the long journey he recounts fascinating tales to the prince, who is carrying him in a sack on his back. Spellbound by the stories, the… Read More

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  7. Love Haiku

    Love Haiku

    Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion, and Remembrance

    • by
    • Patricia Donegan,
    • Yoshie Ishibashi
    Haiku is celebrated as a concise form of poetry capable of conveying a singular moment with great clarity. Such poems most often depict the natural world, but they can also be a powerful vehicle for evoking the universal experience of love. In this anthology, romantic love is explored through beautiful images that evoke a range of feelings—from solitary yearning to mutual passion to the bittersweet recollection of love lost. Written… Read More

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  8. A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan

    A Brief Fantasy History of a Himalayan

    Autobiographical Reflections

    • by
    • Thinley Norbu
    In this autobiographical narrative, Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche sets a magical scene as he describes his early years in “Snowland” (Tibet) as one of seven children of the renowned Nyingma master Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. After touching on his youthful training and experiences, Rinpoche describes how he traveled and taught in many different nations and cities in the East and West. Shifting between poetic observations and earthy humor, he shares… Read More

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  9. Mama Gone Geek

    Mama Gone Geek

    Calling On My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Parenthood

    • by
    • Lynn Brunelle
    Science is the ultimate parenting tool. After all, it’s really all about observing, asking questions, solving problems, making mistakes, and trying again and again and again—just like being a mom or dad! Come along with Lynn Brunelle as she initiates you into the joys of geek-style parenting. A proud geek mom herself—and an Emmy-winning writer for the show Bill Nye, the Science Guy—Lynn has had a love of science from… Read More

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  10. Art Rules! (And How to Break Them)

    Art Rules! (And How to Break Them)

    How to Think like a Modern Artist

    • edited by
    • Mel Gooding
    Art making is for everyone, including you. Let this liberating tenet of modern art inspire you to discover and reclaim your creative birthright, even if it’s been repressed by a conventional education. Art Rules! shows how to be your own modern artist by revealing the secret: that art is a game—with techniques, rules, and strategies—and it’s a game that everyone can play! Discover new ways to look at… Read More

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