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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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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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 >

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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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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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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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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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ARCTIC ANIMALS by Tad Carpenter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2015

"Beautiful, smart, and entertaining. (Board book. 2-5)"
Six arctic animals are introduced in this stylized lift-the-flap board book. Read full book review >

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THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Stephen Carpenter
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1998

"The artwork matches the story: The characters are suitably menacing, quivering, or stalwart, and the perspectives allow readers to be right there in the thick of the action. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In this entry in the Growing Tree series, the publisher copyrights the text, while Carpenter provides illustrations for the story; here, the three billy goats named Gruff play on a nasty troll's greed to get where the grass is greenest. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"Vintage photographs contribute to the authenticity of the atmospheric and nicely paced storytelling. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A bright young woman is caught between science and spiritualism in her quest to make sense of a world overcome with war and disease in 1918 California. Read full book review >

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Sabbatical of the Mind by David Winters
Released: July 20, 2016

"A helpful and funny book about the many benefits, spiritual and otherwise, that can come from escaping workplace stress."
A successful government employee leaves his job to find renewed interest in both life and faith. Read full book review >