• Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki

    I had on my radar for awhile to read Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro. Sadly, planning to read it this December ended up being timely, as Mr. Mizuki died earlier this month on December 2.   Mizuki is hugely important to Japanese culture. His depictions of yokai – folklore demons/ghouls/otherworld creatures formed how Japanese people think about

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  • Ru by Kim Thúy

    This book sings history like a poem. It was a quick read at only 141 pages, with lots of short chapters and a flowing narrative that had me halfway done when I intended to just sit down and read for a few minutes. As it says, the word Ru means ‘lullaby’ in Vietnamese and ‘a small stream’ in

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  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

      I’m generally wary of titles that fall under the genre of inspirational reading, advice or self-help. But this one I found genuinely useful. Maybe there’s something to the inspirational category. After all, I also really liked J.K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives which falls into a similar category. I’ve never read any of her other books,

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