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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.00
I'd felt good about reading a big heavily promoted summer read that didn't involve vampires or zombies, a interesting chewy historical fiction that pr...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
3.83
It's an interesting mediation (like other Haruki Murakami books) on the nature of time and perception. What does it mean to climb down the rabbit hole...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
Into the Forbidden Zone: A Trip through Hell and High Water in Post-earthquake Japan
3.43
I found it a fascinating short read with snapshots of post-earthquake Japan. The American attitudes toward nuclear energy and fear of radiation vs the...more
May 25, 2011
May 22, 2011
 
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
3.88
It's an interesting read, the memoirs of a reporter who specialized on stories of crime and punishment in Japan in the late 20th century. He made his...more
Nov 05, 2010
Apr 22, 2010
 
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
3.88
A very interesting oral history, this book will reduce you to tears at various points. The bulk of the book is interviews with people in and around th...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
 
Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater, with Some Thoughts on Muses (Especially Helga Testorf), Transgender Women, Kabuki Goddesses, Porn Queens, Poets, Housewives, Makeup Artists, Geishas, Valkyries and Venus F...
3.61
An interesting narrative on how femininity is symbolized and codified by culture with a special emphasis on Japan, Noh theater and geisha with side tr...more
May 24, 2010
May 11, 2010
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