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Tusome Books Picks: Asian Authors

These are a selection of recommended titles by authors of Asian decent.

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Almond

A Novel

By Won-pyung Sohn
Narrated by: Greg Chun
Length: 4 hours 51 minutes

This story is, in short, about a monster meeting another monster. 

One of the monsters is me.

Yunjae was born with a brain condition called Alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. He does not have friends—the two almond-shaped neurons located deep in his brain have seen to that—but his devoted mother and... Read more »

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The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

Anand’s mentor and spiritual guide, the Master Healer Abhaydatta, seems to be in grave danger. Should he simply convey this information to his elders and waste precious time or should he take matters into his own hands?

Readers familiar with Anand from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s acclaimed novel, The Conch Bearer, will know what choice he makes.... Read more »

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Spark Joy

An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Marie Kondo
Narrated by: Sumalee Montano
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She... Read more »

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Quichotte

A Novel

By Salman Rushdie
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 16 hours

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An epic Don Quixote for the modern age, “a brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder” (Time) from internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie
 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • “Lovely, unsentimental, heart-affirming . . . a remembrance of what holds our human lives in some equilibrium—a way of feeling and... Read more »

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Kiki & Jax

The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship

By Marie Kondo & Salina Yoon
Narrated by: Mary Steenburgen
Length: 5 minutes

International tidying superstar and New York Times bestselling author Marie Kondo brings her unique method to young readers in this charming audiobook about how tidying up creates space for joy in all parts of your life.

The KonMari Method inspires a charming friendship story that is sure to spark joy!

Kiki and Jax are best friends, but they... Read more »

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Discontent and its Civilizations

Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London

By Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
Length: 4 hours 25 minutes

From “one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” (The New York Times), intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and “the war on terror.”
 
Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master... Read more »

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A Fine Balance

By Rohinton Mistry
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 24 hours 28 minutes

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited... Read more »

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The Conch Bearer

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Narrated by: Alan Cumming
Length: 6 hours 32 minutes

You are about to embark on a remarkable journey. It begins on the teeming streets of Kolkata, India, and will transport you across arid plains and turbulent rivers to a secret valley high in the Himalayas. Along the way you will encounter powerful spirits, both good and unspeakably evil; fantastical creatures; and a trio of intrepid travelers... Read more »

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

A Novel

By Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
Length: 4 hours 34 minutes

From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy’s quest for wealth and love.

His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world’s pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation—and exceeds it. the... Read more »

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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

A Novel

By Salman Rushdie
Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Harper’s Bazaar • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Guardian • The Kansas City Star • National Post • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews

From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work... Read more »

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The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem Series: Book #1

By Cixin Liu & Ken Liu
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 13 hours 25 minutes

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!

War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal

The Three-Body Problem
is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.


Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret... Read more »

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Severance

A Novel

By Ling Ma
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

Severance

“Candace Chen is a first-generation Chinese millennial immigrant who tries to make a life in New York City by succumbing to the role of the office drone who helps create cheap bibles. But when Shen Fever—a plague that causes its victims to perform a rote task until death—hits, only a few survive, including Candace. She soon finds herself in a cult-like band of other survivors heading to the Midwest while also trying to come to terms with her past and the unknowns of her future. With dark humor, sharp intelligence, and compassion, Ling Ma has written a well-constructed, biting satire of capitalism and a moving glimpse into the roles of memory, place, and identity in a life.”

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The Inheritance of Loss

By Kiran Desai
Narrated by: Meera Simhan
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York... Read more »

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The Ground Beneath Her Feet

A Novel

By Salman Rushdie
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 27 hours 19 minutes

Salman Rushdie is widely considered one of a handful of truly great living writers. The internationally acclaimed, Booker Prize-winning author's storytelling shines in this epic love story, a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus. Energetic and musical, Rushdie's prose is positively mesmerizing when you hear it read aloud. This panoramic work... Read more »

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In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

By Daniyal Muyeenuddin
Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

Passing from the mannered drawing rooms of Pakistan's cities to the harsh mud villages beyond, Daniyal Mueenuddin's linked stories describe the interwoven lives of an aging feudal landowner, his servants and managers, and his extended family, industrialists who have lost touch with the land. In the spirit of Joyce's Dubliners and Turgenev's A... Read more »

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One Amazing Thing

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Narrated by: Purva Bedi, Soneela Nankani & Neil Shah
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Winner of a Pushcart Prize for poetry and an American Book Award for her short stories, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores themes of women, immigration, and her vibrant Indian culture to great effect. Divakaruni expands on these ideas in One Amazing Thing, a project long in the making and full of electric prose. Read more »

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Oleander Girl

A Novel

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 11 hours 41 minutes

A sweeping, suspenseful coming-of-age tale from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the beloved bestselling author hailed by Abraham Verghese as a “gifted storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart.”

Beloved bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Abraham Verghese as a “gifted storyteller” and by... Read more »

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Luka and the Fire of Life

By Salman Rushdie
Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes

With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that have made Salman Rushdie one of the great storytellers of our time, Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This breathtaking new novel centers on Luka, Haroun's younger brother,... Read more »

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The Satanic Verses

By Salman Rushdie
Narrated by: Sam Dastor
Length: 21 hours 35 minutes

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel's publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie's comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The tale of an Indian film star and a Bombay expatriate, Rushdie's masterpiece was... Read more »

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The Palace of Illusions

A Novel

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

This vivid reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic Mahabharata takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. It is told by Panchaali, wife of the Pandava brothers, a fiery female redefining for us a world of gods and warriors.

The novel traces the princess Panchaali’s life, beginning with her birth in fire and... Read more »

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