Search Results: "reiko mckendry"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 11, 2012

"A somewhat inspiring memoir and a thank-you note to the author's adopted homeland."
McKendry's debut memoir begins with recollections of a childhood in Japan before shifting focus to her new life in the Midwest with her American husband. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2012

"Just like Times Square itself, the pages are filled to the brim. (sources) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An unexpected history of a very famous intersection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

A stunning examination of the development of Boston's subway system—the first in the country—takes readers from 1895 to 1916 and explores the four distinct technological challenges met by the planners of the system as it spread from the city center to the suburbs, and under the harbor. Read full book review >

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WHY SHE LEFT US by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The story makes heroic efforts to come alive and engage but, despite the fine prose, just doesn—t."
A well-crafted first novel strains to affect as it tells of three generations of Japanese-Americans whose lives have been distorted by family and history. Read full book review >

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THE FIRE KIMONO by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Far from being distracting, the historic setting is mesmerizing. Great escape fiction."
A toppled tree exposes the bones of a boy murdered 43 years earlier in the heat of the great 17th-century fire that leveled Edo, the huge predecessor to Tokyo. Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSIN’S TOUCH by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"A pair of conventional mysteries elegantly told and interspersed with delicious bits of history."
In the late-17th century, a Japanese husband and wife undertake separate probes of two murders. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON KING’S PALACE by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2003

"A lively dissection of the samurai code of honor, sexual dishonor, palace infighting, and ancient Japanese mores."
Who can resist the demands of Lady Keisho-in, the shogun's imperious mother? Read full book review >

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BLACK LOTUS by Laura Joh Rowland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Honor and spiritual emptiness have a suspiciously contemporary feel in a mystery that can't decide which is more dangerous: love or the coming apocalypse."
Sano Ichiro, Most Honorable Investigator for the shogun in 17th-century Japan (The Samurai's Wife, 2000, etc.), tackles the murder of the police commander, Oyama Jushin, and an unidentified woman and child whose burned bodies have been found in a charred building on the grounds of the Black Lotus Temple, a new and influential Buddhist sect. Read full book review >

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A DARKLY BEATING HEART by Lindsay Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Grounded in Japanese culture and Edo period history, a breezy yet layered read. (Fantasy/thriller. 14-18)"
Two worlds collide in this dark tale of time travel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED CHRYSANTHEMUM by Laura Joh Rowland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2006

"Rowland's historical detail and graceful prose enhance another solid mystery."
A 17th-century Japanese sleuth must clear his pregnant wife of a murder charge. Read full book review >