Search Results: "Naomi Hirahara"


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SAYONARA SLAM by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Written with heart, depth, and pace, Hirahara's sixth case (Strawberry Yellow, 2013, etc.) is hard to put down."
LA's most unassuming and underestimated amateur sleuth investigates a sportswriter's death. Read full book review >

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1001 CRANES by Naomi Hirahara
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Well-written and episodic, this is an easy read that seeks to explain how relationships work or don't, and to reassure readers that it is possible to survive even the worst. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
Relationships aren't easy. 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 >

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SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2004

"Given the immensely promising background, there's surprisingly little mystery here. But debut novelist Hirahara's prismatic writing nails a Japanese-American subculture and a troubled past few of her readers have ever confronted directly."
Fifty years and more after Hiroshima, another bomb ticks away among the Japanese survivors in L.A. Read full book review >

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SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN by Naomi Hirahara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 25, 2006

"Hirahara's complex and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American subculture enhances her mystery, and vice versa."
Mas Arai's probe of a restaurant murder stretches back 50 years to old secrets. Read full book review >

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GASA-GASA GIRL by Naomi Hirahara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2005

"Hirahara's second series effort (Summer of the Big Bachi, 2004) brings heart and elegance to a nifty whodunit."
In the process of solving a murder mystery, an elderly Japanese-American begins to rebuild the strained relationship with his only daughter. Read full book review >

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SINGING SHIJIMI CLAMS by Naomi Kojima
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A feel-good episode if ever there was one. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Told and illustrated with equal spareness, this tender Japanese tale will please young readers who find the fate of the oysters in "The Walrus and the Carpenter" discomfiting. Read full book review >

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ALIS by Naomi Rich
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Particularly undeveloped is the flimsy prophetic construct of Alis's forced marriage: The answer provided for why Alis's otherwise loving parents would promise her so seems tacked on and unconvincing. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
This compelling, briskly paced tale of a girl's flight from her home to escape an arranged marriage is ultimately too thin on details to be completely satisfying. Read full book review >

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CALLIE’S RULES by Naomi Zucker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Worthwhile and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Middle school has lots of rules: Don't cross over to the "boys' side" of the cafeteria, don't eat lunch, dress like the popular kids, don't ride your bike to school. Read full book review >

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FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 25, 1995

"This is for all who read, need, or use stories- -and who doesn't? (notes, index) (Folklore. 10+)"
A rich collection of short tales and anecdotes—solemn, silly, romantic, swashbuckling, sly, subtle, broad—in which storytelling itself drives plot or theme. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A useful addition to the history-of-science literature, emphasizing the importance of scholarly communication and verification."
Firsthand reports of the birth of modern plate tectonics, the once heretical, now governing theory of how the earth works. Read full book review >