• George Orwell, Burmese Days
  • Ma Jian, Beijing Coma (translated by Flora Drew)
  • Yiyun Li, The Vagrants: A Novel
  • Qiu Xiaolong, Death of a Red Heroine
  • Jiang Rong, Wolf Totem
  • Xiao Lu Guo, UFO in Her Eyes
  • Qui Xiaolong, Red Mandarin Dress: An Inspector Chen Novel
  • Bo Caldwell, The Distant Land of My Father
  • Robert van Gulik, The Chinese Maze Murders (A Judge Lee Mystery)
  • Anita Amirrezvani, The Blood of Flowers
  • David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • Fumiko Enchi, The Waiting Years
  • Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
  • Natsuo Kirino, Out
  • Hwang Sok-Yong,The Old Garden
  • Mira Stout, One Thousand Chestnut Trees: A Novel of Korea
  • Eugenia Kim, The Calligrapher's Daughter
  • Kyung Sook Shin, Please Look After Mom
  • Anthony Burgess, The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy
  • Tash Aw, Map of the Invisible World
  • Tan Twan Eng, The Gift of Rain
  • Preeta Samarsan, Evening is the Whole Day
  • Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Mohammed Hanif, A Case of Exploding Mangoes
  • Uzma Aslam Khan, The Geometry of God
  • Alexandra David-Neel, My Journey to Lhasa

Dawn Farnham, The Shallow Seas

Dawn Farnham, The Red Thread

J. G. Farrell, The Singapore Grip

Rex Shelley, The Shrimp People

Meira Chand, A Different Sky

Stella Kon, Emily of Emerald Hill

Josephine Chia, Frog Under a Coconut Shell

Catherine Lim, Or Else the Lightning God--and Other Short Stories

  • Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost
  • Nam Le, The Boat
  • Duong Thu Huong, Novel Without a Name
  • Andrew X. Pham, Catfish and Mandala: A Two Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
  • Nien Cheng, Life and Death in Shanghai
  • Charles N. Li, The Bitter Sea: Coming of Age in a China before Mao
  • Ha Jin, A Free Life
  • Leibowitz & Matthew Miller, Fortunate Sons
  • Julia Lovell, The Opium Wars: Drugs, Dreams, and the Making of China
  • Jonathan D. Spence, Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi
  • Sterling Seagrave, The Soong Dynasty
  • Sun Shuyun, Ten Thousand Miles without a Cloud
  • Claire Scobie, Last Seen in Lhasa
  • Karen Armstrong, Buddha
  • William Dalrymple, Nine Lives
  • Christopher J. Koch, The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Haruki Murakami, Underground
  • David Halberstam, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
  • Sonny Yap, Richard Lim and Leong Weng Kam, Men in White: The Untold Story of Singapore's Ruling Political Party
  • Suchen Christine Lim, The Lies that Build a Marriage: Stories of the unsung, unsaid and uncelebrated in Singapore
  • Grossman & Faulder, A Life's Work: Thailand's Monarchy in Perspective
  • Paul M. Handley, The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
  • Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace. . . One School at a Time
  • Aurel Stein, On Ancient Central Asian Tracks
  • Karen Armstrong, A History of Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
  • Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
  • Orhan Pamuk, Snow
  • Owen Bennett Jones, Pakistan: Eye of the Storm
  • David Abulafia, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
  • Stephen R. Brown, Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World
  • Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History
  • Stephen Pinker, Better Angels of our Nature
  • Tom Reiss, The Orientalist
  • Tiziano Terzani, A Fortune Teller Told Me
  • Nury Vittachi, The Feng Shui Detective's Casebook
  • Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes