Search Results: "Juliet Winters Carpenter"


BOOK REVIEW

INHERITANCE FROM MOTHER by Minae Mizumura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A long, minute, subtle consideration of aging, loyalty, and the bonds of love grounded in the material details of Japanese culture but resonating far beyond."
In a novel of female endurance and obligation, Mitsuki, the "semi-neglected daughter" of the Katsura family, must not only bear the lion's share of caring for her elderly parents, but must also steel herself for the failure of her marriage. Read full book review >

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A LOST PARADISE by Junichi Watanabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A grownup love story and then some, powered by two brilliant characterizations and some unusually acute psychological analysis."
This very popular 1997 Japanese novel, a bestseller that also spawned a successful television series and feature film, is a relentlessly detailed chronicle of the folie d'amour that consumes a middle-aged publishing executive and a younger woman, both unhappily married to other spouses, each devoted to histories and images of others before them who gave all for love. Read full book review >

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WHITE ELEPHANT by Mako Idemitsu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Although it ends on a half-heartedly optimistic note, the novel leaves a bitter aftertaste of unresolved anger."
Idemitsu has written an autobiographical first novel about a young Japanese woman who comes to America to study and stays to marry, raise a child, and find her identity as a woman caught between two cultures. Read full book review >

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SHADOW FAMILY by Miyuki Miyabe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Less resonant than All She Was Worth (1997), but still a clever puzzle whose commentary on the fragility and reinvention of families gives it a special edge."
A task force from the Tokyo Metro Police Department finds that family ties can be murder, even if they've been forged online. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF LANGUAGE IN THE AGE OF ENGLISH by Minae Mizumura
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A best-seller in Japan, Mizumura's essay is likely to find only a narrow audience here, but that does not diminish its urgency in the least."
Are these the last days of writers writing in Finnish, Catalan, Japanese and other languages? This slender book finds reason to worry that with English as the "universal language," national literatures will disappear. Read full book review >

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A TRUE NOVEL by Minae Mizumura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Whatever its inspirations, and whatever use it makes of them, Mizumura's book is an elegant construction, fully creating and inhabiting its fictional—its truly fictional—world."
A smart, literate reimagining of Wuthering Heights, moved from the Yorkshire moors to seagirt Honshu, Japan, by way of Long Island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JULIET by Anne Fortier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"The promising premise bogs down too often in repetition and excess verbiage."
In Fortier's debut, the rights to which have been sold in 29 territories around the world, a descendant of Juliet goes to Italy to search for her Romeo. Read full book review >

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ABE LINCOLN by Kay Winters
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Columba in The Man Who Loved Books (1981). (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
In a moving tribute to the power of books and words, Winters (But Mom, Everyone Else Does, p. 1239, etc.) introduces a young backwoods child who watched "peddlers, pioneers, / politicians, traders, slaves / pass by," down the old Cumberland Trail, until "his ideas stretched. / His questions rose. / His dreams were stirred"—and he was caught with a love of learning that carried him "from the wilderness / to the White House." Read full book review >

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THE CARPENTER by Bruna Barros
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A joyful invitation to participate in invention. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Creativity abounds in this wordless tale of an overalls-clad adult and similarly dressed child spending time together in a wood shop. Read full book review >

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PLAYING JULIET by Joanne Stewart Wetzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An earnest and creditable effort that will resonate with thespians both young and old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When you are a (nearly) teenage aspiring actress, sometimes it feels like "all the world's a stage," but Beth Sondquist's favorite stage is about to be repossessed. Read full book review >

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SAVING JULIET by Suzanne Selfors
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Absorbing, exciting and useful for teachers, too. (Fiction. YA)"
What at first seems to be another you-don't-really-want-to-be-a-star plot breaks out into an almost-historical, almost time-travel fantasy surrounding Romeo and Juliet. Read full book review >