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My Brother's Husband, Volume 1
My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 | Gengoroh Tagame
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Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it. (Please note: This book is a traditional work of manga, and reads back to front and right to left.)
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HeatherBookNerd
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This was my first manga for the #ReadHarder Challenge and I just loved it. What a lovely story, told with such compassion. And the art is beautiful.
#manga

readordierachel I loved this too ❤ 2w
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DyAnne
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Oh, the feels. So many feels. I adjusted pretty well to reading the panels and book from right to left; however, my hand never got comfortable turning the pages that way. Must find Volume 2! 💗

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Shadowfat
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I thought this was well written and illustrated. The main character gets to know his brother's husband and grow more comfortable in knowing his brother was gay and that his widower is a great guy. It's sad but sweet.

rwmg I've just bought vol 2 3mo
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sapphix
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My Brothers Husband follows the story of a man who learns of his deceased and estranged brother's husband. It focuses in dealing with internalized prejudice. It feels like the beginning of such a beautiful story. Seeing how much the character challenges his own thoughts and slowly learns to accept his brothers husband absolutely takes my breath away. I can't wait to continue the series.

rwmg I just got Volume 2 last week 😁 4mo
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holarosarita
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Some real basic principles being adduced here, but very very charming nonetheless.

khooliha Hooray! You liked a manga! 5mo
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holarosarita
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Okay, maybe I love two men.

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holarosarita
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I love one (1) man and it is Mike the Canadian

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holarosarita
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khooliha You didn't even ask for a recommendation, but this one I would have mentioned to you. Haven't read it, but have heard nothing but good things. 5mo
holarosarita @khooliha I decided to strike out on my own. If this doesn‘t work out, I will ask for recs! 5mo
khooliha @holarosarita I encourage own-striking! I hope it does work out. 5mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Super cute, fun manga with more than a touch of melancholy. Yaichi is forced to confront his own homophobia, and that of the people around him, when the husband of his dead twin brother comes to visit. His daughter Kana is the best part of the book. I‘ll have to get volume 2 from the library soon!

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Weaponxgirl
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This is a perfect slice of life manga all about inclusion and diversity.
I haven‘t read a manga in ages and this was a wonderful way to dive back in. One part made me want to cry and go and hug anyone who is closeted out of fear and let them know there are people out there who will not reject them.
Part of my #readharder challenge for the year.

TieDyeDude I'm not a fan of manga, but this series was delightful! 7mo
Weaponxgirl @TieDyeDude I can‘t wait to get to the second one! Manga is one of those that can be hard to navigate for me. If it‘s too fan serviced then I will switch off but I do find some stuff I absolutely love! (edited) 7mo
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ReadingRachael
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These books were my first time reading manga and they provided for a fantastic first experience. In this 2 volume series a single father and his daughter, play host to the father‘s deceased brother‘s husband (who has traveled from Canada to Japan to meet them.) The volumes explore the hurt, pain, shame, and sense of dislocation caused by the unspoken intolerance of homosexuality in Japan (certainly applicable elsewhere.) Highly highly recommend!

readordierachel Yay! I loved these too. 8mo
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Gezemice
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This was lovely, about a Japanese single dad who is having to confront his prejudices and guilt about his dead brother, when his husband shows up from Canada. Great artwork, good story, and meaningful conversations about acceptance and living among prejudiced people. Kana is supercute; Mike is a loveable bear; Yaichi is brooding but compassionate and understanding. My favorite parts were them bonding as a family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

readordierachel Lovely review! I really loved this one too. So tender. 8mo
Gezemice @readordierachel Thank you! Yes, tender is a great word. 8mo
Swe_Eva Ooh, looks like my library has it available in ebook! #instantgratification 8mo
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rwmg Good review. I've got vol 2 wishlisted 8mo
Gezemice @Swe_Eva Enjoy! 8mo
Gezemice @rwmg Me too! Thanks! 8mo
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TieDyeDude
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A look at Japanese culture through the lens of a single father coming to terms with his brother's homosexuality when his husband comes to visit.

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mreads
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Adorable manga about a (hairy) Canadian man Mike who's visiting Japan. Mike's the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Yaichi's young daughter, Kana allows for all kinds of questions Yaichi would never have been able to ask.

readordierachel Loved this one ❤ 8mo
rwmg I loved this as well and have vol 2 wishlisted 8mo
mreads @rwmg @readordierachel I'm lucky my library has vol 2 , looking forward to reading that one soon 😁 8mo
TieDyeDude Delightful! I have Vol.2 on the way! 7mo
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ClairesReads
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An interesting insight into just how conservative Japanese society is, My Brother‘s Husband is a sweet story about diversity, acceptance, the innocence of children, and the weight of social expectation. Although I think these stories are important, I felt that this one barely strayed from conventional narratives and themes, so at time it struggled to hold my attention. #readharder2019 manga

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irre
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My first Manga. Read it for @bookriot #readharder challenge. 4 ⭐️

Gezemice I read it for the read harder challenge, too, and my first manga as well! 8mo
irre @Gezemice That‘s what I like about the read harder challenge, it makes you read books you wouldn‘t normally pick up. I actually read volume 2 as well. 8mo
Gezemice @irre I just put it on hold at my library, and will be reading it. I can kill off the manga and the lgbt comic with both :) 8mo
irre Good thinking 👍 @Gezemice 8mo
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readordierachel
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This was warm and gentle and affecting. An absolute delight. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

On to volume 2!

saresmoore I can‘t find this anywhere locally. I think I might have to break down and buy it online. I‘m glad to hear you liked it! 9mo
readordierachel @saresmoore I got it from the library, otherwise I would send to you! It's worth buying, I think. And I think it would be good for younger readers as well. It's just lovely. 9mo
saresmoore Good to know, thank you! 9mo
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chapter_fifty2017 Am waiting on this one from the library.😍 8mo
readordierachel @chapter_fifty2017 I hope you like it! 8mo
minkyb Just finished Volume 2. Glad I discovered these through Litsy! 8mo
readordierachel @minkyb Me too! I'd never read manga before these. Litsy is good at expanding reading horizons 😊 8mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I haven‘t read this sort of manga in years, but it was fun. A Japanese man comes to terms with his brother in law and faces his own thoughts about gay men via interactions with his daughter and neighbors.

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HardcoverHearts
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Want to have your heart grow multiple sizes? Read this series. I honestly couldn‘t have been more delighted with this manga series- the art, the story, the characters, the setting. It was all just so wonderful!

Lindy Agreed. 👍 10mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Confession: this is my first manga so it took me a while to adjust to reading back to front pagewise and right to left cellwise, but it was worth the effort.

One day a bearish Canadian named Mike turns up at Yaichi's home in Japan and says he is Yaichi's twin's widower, in Japan to experience the small things that made up his husband's childhood. What follows is some cultural exchange made more possible by the curious daughter Kana. (More below)

ReadingEnvy The translation is fun because when words are used for emotions the original characters are left next to tiny English words approximating the sounds or feelings. 10mo
ReadingEnvy The artwork is impressive, particularly when it comes to bodies and Kana's facial expressions. 10mo
ReadingEnvy The story is heartwarming, about love, acceptance, and family, but also an underlying current of understanding the pain Yaichi may have caused in the past, and more acknowledgment of his incorrect assumptions. Mike is understanding to a fault, but he is Canadian. 10mo
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ReadingEnvy I've seen some blurbs and reviews talking about how this exhibits how closeted Japan is but the reactions unfortunately don't seem all that different from a lot of people I know in the states. 10mo
ReadingEnvy I had to request this interlibrary loan because it had mysteriously gone "missing" at the public library, a frequent fate of books deemed undesirable by the morality police (who apparently don't mind stealing.) 10mo
Laughterhp I‘m so glad you posted this. I got a Manga from the library but the book was so small I couldn‘t read the writing. I‘ll have to give this a try. It‘s my first time reading manga too!! 10mo
ReadingEnvy @Laughterhp it‘s much easier to adjust to back to from than to right to left on each page. At least for me! 10mo
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RealLifeReading
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Out of January‘s 28 books read there were:

14 comics
3 middle grade fiction
2 classics (one of which was a play)
3 nonfiction (two of which were audiobooks)
1 retelling of a classic
3 literary fiction
4 translated books (1 from Taiwan, 1 from Russia, 2 Japan)
12 books by authors of colour
13 books written by women (& another 5 comics written by men but illustrated by women)
Faves: The Lost Garden, Squirrel Girl, My Brother‘s Husband, Becoming

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 10mo
Kalalalatja Awesome month! 10mo
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RealLifeReading
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It‘s a very rare book that has me rereading it immediately after I‘m done with it. This was such a wonderful read, even if you‘re not a manga reader, I‘d definitely encourage you to read it! It was moving and heartwarming. I‘m from a country where gay marriage is illegal (like in Japan) & even a picture book like And Tango Makes Three is shelved in the adults section, so I‘m glad to see this manga about LGBTQ+ acceptance in Japan.

ReadingRachael I finished this about a week ago and I completely agree, I thought it was fantastic! It was actually my first book of manga. I‘m looking forward to reading vol 2 (my hold just came in to the library a few days ago 😊.) 10mo
SW-T I have volume two on hold. Really liked volume one. 🙂 10mo
irre Requested it from the library. Sounds interesting! 10mo
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RealLifeReading @ReadingRachael cool! That's a great first manga! Also give Orange a try 10mo
RealLifeReading @SW-T can't wait to read Vol 2! 10mo
RealLifeReading @irre hope you enjoy it! 10mo
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RealLifeReading
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Whee! After a good lunch at The Kebab Shop and then test-driving a Tesla (we‘ve been thinking about getting an electric car), a new #24in48 read. I‘ve been really excited to get my hands on this manga!

saresmoore Tesla is the best! And I‘ve been wanting to read this, too. I can‘t find it anywhere, locally. 10mo
AlaMich My wife and I got to go for a ride in someone‘s brand new Tesla last summer. I had no idea how quickly they can accelerate until the guy floored it. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster! It was awesome! 10mo
RealLifeReading @saresmoore oh! Do you own one? And this manga is so good 10mo
RealLifeReading @AlaMich I also got to test out the autopilot function! And it was so weird to take my foot off the accelerator on the highway 10mo
saresmoore I don‘t own one, alas, but my husband worked for Tesla. For all the CEO‘s flaws, the cars are amazing. 😅 10mo
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sparingqueen
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It‘s 7:20am NST (5:50am EST). Usually I sleep in on the weekend but need to get going on the #24in48 readathon. Pictured are my potential reads this weekend. Trying to knock off some #readharder challenges at the same time. Happy reading!

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, that‘s an ambitious stack! Good luck and enjoy. 👍🏽📚 10mo
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GondorGirl
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I've been wanting to read this manga so @hyperhawk gave me it for Christmas.

It tells the story of Yaichi and his daughter Kana, who are visited in Japan by Mike- the husband of Yaichi's estranged, deceased twin brother.

The heart of the story is Yaichi trying to overcome his own prejudices about his brother's life and sexuality, but it's also a commentary on how little gay culture is discussed (or excepted) in Japan.

Highly recommended!

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sisilia
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Awwww I love this story 🥰 So much love, so heartwarming... LGBT may still be a tough topic to speak openly in Japan, so I‘m pleasantly surprised that this graphic novel touches on this issue with comprehensive subtlety 🌈💜

GatheringBooks and most likely not found in our NLB. 😂😭🤣😱🧚🏼‍♀️ 11mo
sisilia Not surprised @GatheringBooks 🤪 11mo
Cinfhen Looks sweet 11mo
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GondorGirl
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I should probably be doing housework, but the sun is actually out and it's nice enough to be in the sunroom. The furballs and I are taking advantage of it! ☀️☀️☀️☀️

cathysaid Identical scene at my house! 11mo
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xicanti
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New goal: persuade Casey to take up Murchie's mantle and pose with every book I read. #caseyplusbooks

GondorGirl This is next up on my reading list! How are you finding it? 11mo
xicanti @GondorGirl I loved it! This was a reread to refresh myself before volume two, and it was just as good as the first time around. 11mo
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Sjsherwood
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This book keeps making me cry.

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Mindelan
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Finally have a quiet day after an insane week. I picked up some yarn for a christmas present I‘m making a friend, and grabbed some comics! Going to do some #audioknitting as I re-listen to Harry Potter, catch up on Lumberjanes and read some manga. Emma is standing by to assist. She is a very diligent knitter.

Eyelit Omg that face! 😻 12mo
Mindelan Haha she was chewing on the knitting needles before I took the picture 🤣 12mo
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SW-T
My Brother's Husband | Gengoroh Tagame
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In this volume, Yaichi and his daughter Kana meet Mike Flanagan. Flanagan is Yaichi‘s brother‘s widowed husband. Yaichi confronts his own thoughts and fears about homophobia, and determines how he wants to raise young Kana.

A thoughtful look at the still-closeted Japanese gay culture.

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rwmg
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Sweet graphic novel about Japanese single dad forced to confront his own homophobia when his deceased brother's Canadian husband comes to stay. Sounds heavy but is light and fun. Just the thing when you're in bed with the flu.

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Lauren.Archer
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Quick read so very good. We have a lot we can learn from children.

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Lauren.Archer
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I have wanted to read this for awhile. Found it at my library. Great way to end this weekend.

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Matchkim
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This was so perfect in every way. I was sad it was over. Do yourself a favor and read this endearing story.

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2BR02B
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New acquisition. This manga looks like Yotsuba&! with a gay uncle and I'm totally into it.

#queercomics

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Liberty
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Evening reading: Receiving the second volume in the mail this morning was the highlight of my day. ❤️🏳️‍🌈 ❤️

emtobiasz Eeeeeeeee I‘m so excited! 2y
Serotonin I‘ve been wanting to read this series 📚 2y
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mspixieears
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Absolutely gobbled this up last night before bedtime, it punched me in all the feels! Loved the development of emotions and cultural differences and can‘t wait to read future volumes.

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BruceWalken
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This emotionally charged and joyfully entertaining book blew me away. Looking at the relationship between a brother, his dead twin and his dead twins husband it looks at attitudes to sexuality in Japan through the eyes of the brother and his none bias daughter. All of the characters are relatable and feel real, with the brother especially coming to terms with the fact his brother was gay and how he truly felt about that. Funny and emotional.

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BruceWalken
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Boy what a fantastic book with some great art

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Kallik93
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Love this moment!!! #macncheese #gourmet 😂

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BruceWalken
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Who hoo more books from the library for me to enjoy!

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PerusingPanels
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Both heart-breaking and heart-warming, a beautifully written and beautifully drawn book that I would highly recommend to everyone.

Can‘t wait to read volume 2!

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quietjenn
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An excellent lunch break!

[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh soup ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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NoAge1990
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An amazing introduction to a series.

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brownekr
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Today's reading can pretty much be summarized so far as "families: they're complicated."

SandyW Hah! My brother says that if family's involved, alcohol must be consumed. (I should probably be offended, but 🍸🍷🍹) 2y
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Liberty
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Stayed up all night getting my work done so I could throw myself a mini-readathon today. If anyone needs anything, please don‘t hesitate to ask someone else first. 😜📚❤️

Bookishlie Pussy King of the Pirates!?! I don‘t want to look it up. My imagination is having too much fun!! 2y
Bianca I want to go around saying that. 😂 2y
SandyW Hah! Please ask someone else first? 😂 2y
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xicanti
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This was as great as everyone says! While it's focused on how one man confronts and begins to dismantle his homophobia after his twin brother's Canadian husband comes to visit, it also shines a light on other forms of prejudice in Japanese society and asks how they might be eliminated in turn.

On top of that, there are WONDERFUL relationships between all the characters! I especially love little Kana's attachment to Mike, but they're all gold.

TricksyTails I can't find this in my library! Looks interesting! 2y
xicanti @TricksyTails I'm mighty glad my library finally bought it. Took them ages. 2y
TricksyTails I'm going to see if I can request it. Don't think it'll happen but I can try! 2y
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Lindy
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An utterly charming #graphicnovel about contemporary attitudes towards same sex relationships, #translated from Japanese, and retaining the original right-to-left manga format. If you haven‘t read anything in this style before, this one has a layout that‘s easy to follow; a great place to start. According to the book flap, it‘s an all-ages title, although at my library it‘s in the adult section, probably on account of nudity. #LGBT #Queer

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