Search Results: "Jan Karol Tanaka"


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MISHA ALEXANDROV by Jan Karol  Tanaka
Released: Oct. 9, 2015

"A solid, heartwarming tale about an orphan's travails."
A young boy in 1827 struggles to keep his new home in this debut children's book. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A notable collection—to be read not only for its insights into the lives of contemporary Japanese women but for the very good writing here."
Stories by currently noteworthy Japanese women writers, published in the 1980's, and now available for the first time in translation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2003

"Somewhat novel in its concerns, less surprising in its execution."
Life of a bad-girl tattoo artist with retrograde tendencies, set in a rapidly changing West. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2007

"The memoir ends as Jackowski takes her final vows—a good setup for a sequel, as readers will be left wanting to know how the changes of the late 1960s played out over the next three decades of the author's life."
The coming-of-age of one nun, and of the Catholic Church. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Shocking annals that bear gruesome witness to the darker realities of what historian John W. Dower (who contributed a thoughtful foreword to the American edition) called a war without mercy. (photos, not seen; maps)"
A scholar's harrowing if pedantic briefing on largely unpunished and long-ignored atrocities committed by Japan's military during WW II. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"A stridently feminist plea for another fall of Rome, if that's what it takes."
No mere rap on the knuckles for the Catholic establishment, from a nun with 40 years in the sisterhood. Read full book review >

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BLACK ELEPHANTS by Karol Nielsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A memorable read that captures the hopefulness of falling in love and traces its sad trajectory into quiet terror amid the chaos of war and its aftermath."
A poetic and painful debut memoir about a young marriage filled with idealism and adventure that unravels under the pressure of daily life in Israel during the first Gulf War. Read full book review >

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THE DISASTER OF THE HINDENBURG by Shelly Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Glossary; reading list. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Almost as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall, the Hindenburg would have dwarfed today's 747's; it offered majestic, rapid, very comfortable Atlantic crossings and traveled (with its sister airship the Graf Zeppelin) over two million miles before its fiery demise. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Well-endowed with close-up photos and fresh insights, this makes an unusually gripping (so to speak) study of the ever-popular topic. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Tanaka takes readers on a riveting tour of the mummified world, from Europe's prehistoric Iceman and a 7000-year-old South American child that is the world's oldest artificially created mummy, to glimpses of Lenin, Chairman Mao and a touring collection of icky modern examples created through a process called "plastination." Read full book review >

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NOBODY KNOWS by Shelley Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A tale without a tidy end, all the more tragic for being told in such a simple, low-key way. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The spare, heartbreaking tale of four children struggling to make do after their mother abandons them in a Tokyo apartment. Read full book review >

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I DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Gabi Kreslehner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Powerful and deeply resonant. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl tries to cope with her parents' divorce and her own developing friendships and romance. Read full book review >

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PRINCESSLAND by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Although not the princess corrective some parents may wish for, the book's little lesson is one worth sharing: what's in the mind's eye is often more lavish and sweet than the real thing could possibly be. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fantasy world of perfect princesses gives a young girl a respite from a bad mood. Read full book review >