Search Results: "Haruo Yamashita"


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SEVEN LITTLE MICE HAVE FUN ON THE ICE by Haruo Yamashita
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Get the augur and poles ready—this is likely to have children clamoring to try their own hands at ice fishing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yamashita's septuplet mice are back, this time solving the problem of how to get their slip-cautious Mother to go ice fishing with them. Read full book review >

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SEVEN LITTLE MICE GO TO SCHOOL by Haruo Yamashita
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Some students may jump on the train to act this out on the first day of school, but it lacks the humor that would give it lasting appeal. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This delicate Japanese import is less about assuaging school fears than about a tricky mother who gets her children to go to school against their many and varied protests. Read full book review >

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SNOW CHILDREN by Masako Yamashita
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"A gentle, well-meant introduction to climate change (a phrase the author doesn't use) that's suitable for preschoolers, if there seems to be need. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Two snow children, concerned about the effects of global warming, attend an international meeting where, after some dissension, all agree it is time to work together to do something about it. Read full book review >

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THE SICK ROSE by Haruo Sato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Intense and lyrical meditations on life, art, and the individual enhanced by a disarming wryness, honesty, and luminous prose."
The first English translation of three novellas from an author of Japan's Taisho period (1912-26)—a period in which writers began to define, with acknowledgments to Western literature, ``a contemporary Japanese sense of self.'' All three stories, which together form a loose continuum, are as much luminous evocations of the landscape of the soul as of the countryside and city. Read full book review >

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I HOTEL by Karen Tei Yamashita
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"With delightful plays of voice and structure, this is literary fiction at an adventurous, experimental high point."
An overstuffed, multiform swirl of a novel about a decade in the life of San Francisco's Chinatown and, by extension, the Asian experience in America. Read full book review >

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THE TALES OF THE HEIKE by Haruo Shirane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2006

"Terrifically exciting and spiritually rich."
Intriguing, mini-sagas of samurai derring-do and nimble wit, with a distinctly Buddhist flavor. Read full book review >

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BRAZIL-MARU by Karen Tei Yamashita
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Informative and timely."
From Japanese-American writer Yamashita: a story of Japanese emigration set, like her first novel (Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, 1990), in Brazil. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO MEMORY by Karen Tei Yamashita
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shaped and voiced with literary flair, this is clearly a book Yamashita felt compelled to write, and her sense of purpose makes this historical excavation feel deeply personal."
A multilayered evocation of Japanese internment camps as experienced by the author's extended family. Read full book review >

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TROPIC OF ORANGE by Karen Tei Yamashita
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Los Angeles's own apocalypse, with a great cast but poor direction and a story too rigorously intent on sending a message."
Yamashita (Brazil-Maru, 1992; In the Arc of the Rain Forest, 1990) now turns her political concerns into an ambitious but cluttered, apocalyptic riff on immigration, the homeless, and NAFTA as the Tropic of Cancer moves north. Read full book review >

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OLD SOLDIERS SOMETIMES LIE by Richard Hoyt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Plodding narration and unreconstructed macho attitudes hammer what could have been a pretty cool story to long-lingering death."
Hirohito's WWII Chinese loot pops up 50 years later, calling old spooks back into action. Read full book review >

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Enzan The Far Mountain by John Donohue
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2014

"Multilayered and satisfying, a welcome and well-developed addition to an accomplished martial arts series."
The fifth installment in an imaginative martial arts thriller series. Read full book review >

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BLOOD HINA by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2010

"Aging and financially struggling Mas Arai's fourth case (Snakeskin Shamisen, 2006, etc.) is shaggy but very engaging, written with heart and depth, and starring an Everyman for our time."
Elderly Los Angeles gardener Mas Arai turns unlikely sleuth again to help a friend in distress. Read full book review >