What are the best Asia-related books?

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    #1Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Gold's best-selling novel, which tells the story of Nitta Sayuri as she overcomes loss at a young age and learns the art of becoming a geisha. It is a story of loss and pain, hope, and love.

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    Eric Rios
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I have always been interested in Asian culture. Memoirs of a Geisha was right up my knowledge tree. Published around a decade ago, this book is an interesting read. What is even more interesting is that the author is not Japanese and is also a man. Don't let that fool you though because he goes into details very much. I absolutely loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Asian culture."
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    #2The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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    Brittany Carter
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Kite Runner is an exceptionally well written book that really captures a time in recent history that many did not have intimate knowledge of. This is easily one of the best books in this category, it is also an important book for people to read and understand."
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    #3Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 
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    Patrick Walker
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This was an epic tale of ancient Japan. I found this book engaging and quite the page turner. I would recommend it to anyone."
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    #4The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.

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    Kathy McDonald
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I don't know if it's a perfect solution even though India is in South Asia. Asia related books is a pretty broad topic. I think maybe something specific like India related literature would be better. Aside from that it is quite the unique and we'll written novel. Not many people reach out to novels set in India so it stands out. "
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    #5Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a historical fiction novel by Lisa See, which tells the story of Lily, who was paired with Snow Flower as her "laotong that is set in the 19th century in China. 
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    Phillip Powell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Though this is fiction, it shows incredible research. I often spend time in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, which while removed from China, holds some of the same traditions. I eat up all the books on the culture, and Snow Flower is one of the better ones. However, unrelated to the book itself, is the medium; I recommend reading this on the Kindle, which allows you to see footnotes on some of the traditions which may be unfamiliar to some."
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    #6Siddhartha

    Siddhartha

    Siddharta is a spiritual fiction novel written by Herman Hesse. It was published January 1, 1982 by Bantam publishing. It narrates the story of a young man's journey to spiritual enlightenment.

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    Jack Lopez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Siddharta is a spiritual fiction novel written by Herman Hesse. It is the story of the quest of Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege and comfort to seek spiritual fulfillment and wisdom."
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    #7The Kitchen God's Wife

    The Kitchen God's Wife
    The Kitchen God's Wife is a novel by Amy Tan that tells the story of a Chinese mother, Winnie Louie, and her American-born daughter, Pearl. Winnie tells Pearl of her life in China, and Pearl discovers her mother's hidden depths.
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    Arjun Rodrigues
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Amy Tan is an author that is consistent, and continues to create compelling story lines. This is one of her better books, and I highly recommend it. It offers a great insight into Chinese immigrants' lives."
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    #8The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club is a best-selling novel by Amy Tan that tells the story of a group of four Chinese women who meet together for mahjong and companionship. Later, their daughters continue the tradition.
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    Pari Jain
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite books(and I am not Asian). It's about women and friendship and how both evolve over time, but grow and strengthen. Enjoy it, I know I did!"
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    #9Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea is a book by Barbara Demick which follows the lives of six North Koreans over a span of fifteen years and exposes the closed world of North Korea. It was published in 2009 by Spiegel & Grau. 

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    Howard Parker
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I love reading any account of visitations to North Korea, someone has to do the reporting on this sort of thing. it really gets the message out there about what it happening in this state."
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    #10Norwegian Wood

    Norwegian Wood
    When he hears her favorite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Toru is transported back almost 20 years to his days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of friendships,  sex, passion, loss, and desire.
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    Carolyn Watson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I love Norwegian wood! It's just so awesome! It's one of the best asia based books I've read in a while in fact! If you're into the culture check it out."
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    #11Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

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    Juan Rios
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Kafka on the Shore is a book by Haruki Murakami. It is available from Amazon for $11.20 for a paperback. It is the story of boy named Kafka who runs away from home. He is running from a dark prophesy. The book has very good reviews on Amazon. People really do enjoy the book and it is a good fit."
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    #12A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 

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    Gerald Evans
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Great book. Follow a poor uneducated woman and her trials and tribulations in life. hard to put down. "
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    #13Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a nonfiction book by Jung Chang which tells the story of three generations in twentieth-century China and how they have been affected by Mao as well as their society. It was published in 2003 by Touchstone.

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    Ryan Sims
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I thought this was a thrilling book set in china. The Asian setting really was done quite well and I felt like I was brought into another world."

Summary

Best What are the best Asia-related books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Memoirs of a GeishaBooks 36 Paid
2The Kite RunnerBooks 32 Paid
3Shogun (Asian Saga)Books 31 Paid
4The God of Small ThingsBooks 29 Paid
5Snow Flower and the Secret FanBooks 27 Paid
6SiddharthaBooks 26 Paid
7The Kitchen God's WifeBooks 25 Paid
8The Joy Luck ClubBooks 18 Paid
9Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North KoreaBooks 16 Paid
10Norwegian WoodBooks 15 Paid
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