The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor is my second go at Yoko Ogawa, having been first introduced to her work through her unforgettable The Diving Pool: Three Novellas.  By comparison, The Housekeeper and the Professor is a far cry from the quiet uneasiness and foreboding that helped cement The Diving Pool’s place on my mind’s list […]... Read More
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The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

  The Nakano Thrift Shop is an amusing look at the people who work at a secondhand goods store in Tokyo.  Hitomi, a part-time employee and the book’s narrator is smitten with aloof co-worker Takeo, whose abrupt manner she finds both confusing and infuriating.  The shop’s proprietor, Mr. Haruo Nakano is a thrice-married ladies’ man […]... Read More
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Pretty Good Number One by Matthew Amster-Burton

Sometime last week, after finishing Legend of a Suicide by David Vann, I decided that my brain needed a palate cleansing pick-me-up, something to whisk me out of Vann’s emotively beautiful but harsh Sukkwan Island wilderness, wrap me in a warm blanket, and spoon feed me from a comforting bowl of soup, or in this […]... Read More
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Reader For Hire by Raymond Jean, and The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa

I had a chance to accompany my husband on a two-day stint in Dover.  While he spent nearly 14 hours being seasick on a boat for an assignment (I feel you, babe.  Honestly, I do.) I spent Monday morning chilling in our hotel room and reading the library books I brought with me. First off, […]... Read More