Search Results: "Yoko Tawada"


BOOK REVIEW

MEMOIRS OF A POLAR BEAR by Yoko Tawada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An absorbing work from a fascinating mind."
Three generations of polar bears navigate life as celebrities among humans. Read full book review >

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WHERE EUROPE BEGINS by Yoko Tawada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2002

Surrealistic distortions of the phenomena of cultural displacement and alienation dominate this elegant new collection of stories by the Japanese author of The Bridegroom Was a Dog (1998). Read full book review >

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SPARROW GIRL by Sara Pennypacker
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Moving images, such as a double-page spread of dead sparrows falling like 'teardrops' while a weeping Ming-Li cradles a limp bird, send a powerful message that one small person can make a big difference. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this sober tale based on Mao Zedong's 1958 edict to eradicate China's sparrows to prevent crop damage, a compassionate little girl follows her heart instead of her Leader. Read full book review >

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HOTEL IRIS by Yoko Ogawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2010

"A spare, disquieting fable."
A young Japanese hostess becomes the object of a dangerous man's obsession. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2009

"Simple story, well told."
From Japanese author Ogawa (The Diving Pool, 2008), the story of a struggling single mother who takes a job looking after an elderly mathematician with an unusual disability. Read full book review >

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LITTLE SANTA by Yoko Maruyama
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"If plotting stumbles a bit, both concept and illustrations soar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When an injury sidelines Santa Claus, his child takes his place. Read full book review >

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MEMORIES OF JOHN LENNON by Yoko Ono
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Largely useless as biography, musical analysis or gossip, this flavorless warm-fuzzy seems like a book Lennon would have shunned. The sort of thing a well meaning grandmother might pick up in an airport gift shop for her little Jeremy, who likes the rock music."
Imagine a John Lennon tribute that doesn't serve as a mild sedative. Read full book review >

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REVENGE by Yoko Ogawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Well-written."
Ogawa (HotelIris, 2010, etc.) crafts 11 interlocking short stories with eloquent prose that belies the nature of the tales she spins. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM THE BAMBOO GROVE by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 1992

"Simply and gracefully narrated and handsomely embellished with full page b&w illustrations, an appealing addition to folklore collections. (Folklore. 7-12)"
The author of an outstanding account of her family's experiences escaping from Korea to return to Japan at the end of WW II (So Far from the Bamboo Grove, 1986, ALA Notable) recounts six Japanese tales remembered from her childhood. 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 >