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Memoirs and life stories

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Kapoho, Memoir of a Modern Pompeii By Frances H. Kakugawa Watermark Publishing, 2011 Frances Kakugawa was only 5 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Despite still being quite young, she quickly learned what that meant for her and her Japanese American […]

Life at War — Book recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Cress By Marissa Meyer Feiwel and Friends, 2014 The Lunar Chronicles continue in this third installment right where the previous one ended. New Beijing cyborg mechanic Cinder and Captain Carswell Thorne are now fugitives on the run from the law — both on Earth and […]

When two worlds become one

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly: The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2013 As in the previous book, the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series features two different versions of the same story and continues where the last one ended. The first version […]

Family: This month’s book recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic Story by Ginnie Lo, Illustrations by Beth Lo Lee & Low Books, 2012 While growing up in a small town in Indiana, Jinyi and Pei’s family would often make the three-hour drive to visit their mother’s sister, Auntie Yang, and […]

Book recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly: The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya By Nagaru Tanigawa Little, Brown and Company, 2013 In the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series, we find the SOS Brigade (Save the World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) entering a new school year. As brigade […]

Young people against the world — Book Recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery By M. Evelina Galang Coffee House Press, 2013 Angel de la Luna’s life begins to fall apart the day her father disappears. As a man who drove tourists and travelers throughout Manila, it was not unusual […]

NWAW’s October book recommendations

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Take Me Out to the Yakyu By Aaron Meshon Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013 Although baseball may be America’s pastime, the sport’s appeal has expanded to include a global audience. In children’s book “Take Me Out to the Yakyu,” one little boy shares with […]

Three stories on a parent’s love

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: The Favorite Daughter By Allen Say Author A. Levine Books, 2013 With a name like Yuriko and a home in San Francisco, it’s safe to say you’re not going to meet many people who share your name. And for Yuriko, that has always been just […]

Stories from a second home

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: The Celestials By Karen Shepard Tin House Books, 2013 In June 1870, Calvin Sampson hired 75 Chinese laborers in North Adams, Mass. to work at his factory. What the men didn’t know was that they were strikebreakers, or part of what Sampson called his “Chinese […]

Stories of spirituality

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: In the Shadow of the Buddha, One Man’s Journey of Discovery in Tibet By Matteo Pistono Plume, 2012 When Matteo Pistono first traveled to Tibet, he went as a Buddhist pilgrim. But after living among Tibetans and hearing their stories, he spent nearly 10 years […]

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