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2005 Kiriyama Prize Notable Books


Hunger’s Brides by Paul Anderson (Random House, Canada)
Inheritance by Lan Samantha Chang (WW Norton, USA)
A Private Life by Ran Chen, translated by John Howard Gibbon (Columbia University Press, USA)
Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Penguin Books, India; Abacus Books, UK; Doubleday, USA)
Brahma’s Dream by Shree Ghatage (Doubleday, Canada)
Tu by Patricia Grace (Penguin Books, New Zealand)
Pearl King and Other Poems by Catherine Greenwood (Brick Books, Canada)
Village of Stone by Xiaolu Guo, translated by Cindy Carter (Chatto & Windus, UK)
Sadika’s Way by Hina Haq (Academy Chicago Publishers, USA)
Whanau II by Witi Ihimaera (Reed Publishing NZ, Ltd., New Zealand)
The Love Wife by Gish Jen (Alfred A. Knopf, USA)
The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew (Chatto & Windus, UK; Farrar, Straus & Giroux, USA)
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, USA)*
Transmission by Hari Kunzru (Hamish Hamilton, UK; Putnam, USA)
Breaking the Tongue by Vyvyane Loh (WW Norton, USA)
Magic Seeds by V.S. Naipaul (Pan Macmillan/Picador, UK; Alfred A. Knopf, USA)
Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman (Henry Holt, USA)*
The Disinherited by Han Ong (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, USA)
We Should Never Meet by Aimee Phan (St. Martin's Press, USA)
The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo (Doubleday, USA)
All That is Gone by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, translated by Willem Samuels (Hyperion, USA)
On Tuesday, When The Homeless Disappeared by Marcos McPeek Villatoro (University of Arizona Press, USA)
Blue Fingers: A Ninja’s Tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel (Clarion Books, USA)*
Big Breasts & Wide Hips by Mo Yan, translated by Howard Goldblatt (Arcade, USA)


Plenty: Digressions on Food by Gay Bilson (Penguin Books, Australia)
Yangtze Remembered by Linda Butler (Stanford University Press, USA)
The People Next Door: Understanding Indonesia by Duncan Graham (University of West Australia Press, Australia)
Sun After Dark by Pico Iyer (Alfred A. Knopf, USA)
Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China by Ian Johnson (Pantheon Books, USA)
The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime by William Langwiesche (North Point Press, USA)
Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Tea Shop by Emma Larkin (John Murray, UK)
Before Mao: The Untold Story of Li Lisan and the Creation of the Chinese Communist Party by Patrick Lescot (HarperCollins, USA)
The Whale Road
by Deb McCutchen (Random House, New Zealand)
Genghis Khan: The Death and Resurrection
by John Man (Bantam/Transworld, UK)
Paradise in Ashes: A Guatamalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope by Beatriz Manz (University of California Press, USA)
The Red Letters by Ved Mehta (Avon Publishing/Nation Books, USA)
Lilla’s Feast: A True Story of Love, War and a Passion for Food by Frances Osborne (Doubleday, UK; Ballantine, USA)
In Tasmania by Nicholas Shakespeare (Harvill, UK; Alfred A. Knopf, USA)
The Life and Times of Mexico by Earl Shorris (WW Norton, USA)
Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy, and the Bomb
by Talbot Strobe (Brookings Institution Press, USA)
Beyond the Outer Shores: The Untold Story of Ed Ricketts by Eric Enno Tam (Raincoast Books, Canada; Four Walls, Eight Windows, USA)
Invisible Palace: The True Story of a Journalist’s Murder in Java by José Manuel Tesoro (Equinox Publishing, Indonesia)
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
by Jack Weatherford (Crown Publishers, USA)
Red Land, Yellow River by Ange Zhang (Groundwood Books, Canada)*

*books for young people

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