Search Results: "Banana Yoshimoto"


BOOK REVIEW

NP by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"Offbeat but sound. (First printing of 50,000)"
Japan's leading pop novelist follows her successful debut (Kitchen, 1993) with an ambitious novel of darker themes—incest, suicide, and the supernatural—that recalls more classic Japanese fiction. Read full book review >

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BANANA! by Ed Vere
by Ed Vere, illustrated by Ed Vere
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 23, 2010

Using only the words "banana" and "please," Vere tells a story about two monkeys and one coveted fruit. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 27, 2007

"A lively, well-modulated survey."
Nature and science writer Koeppel (To See Every Bird on Earth, 2005) chronicles the banana's history, from early cultivation to modern popularization, and suggests ways to save it from extinction. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"At one point the narrator feels like she is 'inhabiting someone else's dream,' which is the sort of effect the reader might experience as well."
The simplicity of this elliptical novel's form and expression belies its emotional depth. Read full book review >

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ASLEEP by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Astute, darkly atmospheric, and charged with the uncanny: Yoshimoto's best in quite a while."
Three intense, otherworldly novellas, each about a young woman for whom sleep is not a state of rest but an indication of spiritual malaise: the latest from Japan's ever-popular Yoshimoto (Amrita, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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AMRITA by Banana Yoshimoto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1997

"Yoshimoto tries hard to be deep here but flounders in the shallows. (First printing of 50,000; $75,000 ad/promo)"
Popular Japanese writer Yoshimoto (Lizard, 1994, etc.) abandons her usual edgy hip minimalism for a maudlin and pretentious take on death and the meaning of life as she tells the story of a young woman's search for redemption. Read full book review >

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HARDBOILED & HARD LUCK by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"A little skimpy, though warmed by the simple expressions of human emotion that make this author's work special."
From best-selling Yoshimoto (Goodbye Tsugumi, 2002, etc.), two tales of young women grappling with death. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE TSUGUMI by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Lyrical, accessible, enchanting: Yoshimoto deserves her international popularity."
Two teenaged cousins spend a final summer in their seaside hometown, in the gentle, reflective latest from Yoshimoto (Asleep, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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LIZARD by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"As insubstantial as sushi without the fish. (First printing of 75,000)"
Six short stories from Japan's popular literary star (N.P., 1994, etc.) offer pallid bromides, blending postmodern cool with superficial explorations of ``time, healing, karma, and fate.'' Products of an affluent society that has embraced the West but not forgotten its fundamental traditions, the characters are uncertain of the future, skeptical of materialism, yearning to end the anomie and existential pain they feel. Read full book review >

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KITCHEN by Banana Yoshimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Timeless emotions, elegantly evoked with impressive originality and strength."
Young writer Yoshimoto's first full-length fiction to appear in the US—an excerpt of which appeared in New Japanese Voices (1991; ed. by Helen Mitsios)—explores love and loss with a distinctly contemporary sensibility. Read full book review >

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SECOND BANANA by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Take this off the shelf to share with primary-grade students who are navigating the ever changing landscape of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Under the big top, the show must go on, but the relationship between a spotlight-grabbing monkey and the amiable gorilla that assists him is ripe for a change. Read full book review >

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BANANA MOON by Janet Marshall
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The pages of the book are thick and coated, making them durable and easy for small fingers to turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Marshall (Look Once, Look Twice, 1995, etc.) uses die-cut illustrations as a tease, for objects glimpsed on the other side of a hole are not what they appear: Candy canes turn out to be the sails of sailboats, and salt-water taffy is transformed into the whorls of a turtle's shell. Read full book review >