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Tonton

Tonton

Joined June 2016

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Pile4! Libraries save me🌟

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The Devil's Whisper | Miyuki Miyabe, Deborah Stuhr Iwabuchi
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Pile 3!

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Pile 2!

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It‘s been a long strange fall; was feeling wrecked due to work, finance, illness issues; then a death in the family. I‘ve been away, but got piles of books to make the dark stuff go away!

BarbaraBB Hopefully you feel better now 🙏💙 3d
Tonton @BarbaraBB Thanks, losing the blues slowly but surely! Getting my focus back and reading helps😎 3d
batsy I'm sorry about everything that has happened. Here's to brighter days ☀️📚📚📚 3d
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Simona Books are my savior too ... I'm glad things are going for the better 👍 2d
Tonton @batsy Thank you! Getting better step by step🌟😎 (edited) 2d
Tonton @Simona Thank you! Keeps me afloat💕 2d
Smrloomis That‘s a lot to deal with! Hope you find a lot of books that help 🤞🏽 2d
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#queerlitsy link to a wonderful list of outstanding 2019 queer lit: https://bookmarks.reviews/15-of-the-best-queer-debuts-of-2019/

MicheleinPhilly Lots of new to me titles. Thanks for posting! 2w
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Happy Halloween!Link to Stephen King short story in Granta magazine: https://granta.com/the-dune/

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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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Japanese imperial enthronement ceremony live right now. October 22, 2019

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Perfect for a rainy day off.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo

https://youtu.be/NLgGsKJeXsQ Interview with the author link

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October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Apple cider、 jack o‘lanterns、 moonlight shenanigans!

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Untitled | Unknown

National book awards nominees!https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2019/10/exclusive-2019-national-book-awards-finalists

Suet624 Forche‘s book was so so good. 1mo
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Illuminating list of books and commentary from Ocean Vuong: https://lithub.com/ocean-vuong-the-10-books-i-needed-to-write-my-novel/

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I read this book a few years ago; absolutely fascinating true story of a exiled Jewish family and their netsuke collection. Now, Austria is allowing return of citizenship to wartime refugees. Timely during current refugee crisis and Brexit. Link to author interview: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/28/edmund-de-waal-nazis-banished-my-f...

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Finished translation job, easy relaxing weekend for a change! Library stack, before manic Monday😎

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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
Lindy I hadn‘t planned on reading Patchett‘s new novel (real estate & inheritance, ho-hum) but that cover is so beautiful … 2mo
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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell
DrexEdit Very interesting! Thanks for posting! I have a hard enough time with version control at my tiny publisher. I can't imagine version control on an international scale! Much less languages and mediums! 2mo
Tonton @DrexEdit Right?Tempted to buy both editions! 2mo
DrexEdit @Tonton I had the same thought. 😊👍 2mo
Suet624 That‘s wild! 1mo
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Here it is! Excerpt from his latest, The Cockroach! So apt for Brexit.. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/22/the-cockroach-an-extract-from-ian-...

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The Rugby World Cup is on in Japan! And in my favorite book store, a handbook with basic phrases for ordering beer and other important communication.. see photo🐾😎

CarolynM Love it! I've been watching here in Australia. We've got the England v Tonga game on now. Are you going to any games? (edited) 2mo
Tonton CarolynM sadly not going to games but catching live coverage whilst working from home. What a game today! Ireland vs. Scotland 2mo
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Shinjuku Takashimaya Kinokuniya bookstore display of graphic novels about artists!

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Dunce | Mary Ruefle
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Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa

On the long list for best translation! Alongside Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. List also contains excerpt links: https://lithub.com/here-is-the-translated-literature-longlist-for-the-2019-natio...

BookwormM Haven‘t read this one but Drive Your Plow is amazing 2mo
Tonton @BookwormM I loved Drive Your Plow! amazing writing and hella translation; in awe. (Just finished a script translation which made me crazy for a week or so. ) 2mo
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He‘s always a Nw York poet to me

vivastory Lana Turner we love you, get up! 2mo
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Poet in New York/Poeta En Nueva York | Frederico Garcia Lorca
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My heart is still there.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Shinjuku Takashimaya Kinokuniya Book store foreign books sales staff pose with free tote bag if you buy the book💝🌟great t-shirts too!

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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke

Great interview with Attica Locke on her new book, Heaven, My Home: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/07/attica-locke-heaven-my-home-books-...

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The Institute | Stephen King
Louise Nice interview. Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Christmas in August dog days、 but needed this miraculous and lovely book of short stories to shake off the blues. Recipes (very British comfort food) included. Exquisite style and grace.

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Alternate history (Jewish refugees settle in Sitka region of Alaska-Israel does not exist); mystery (murdered messiah); and love and family angst to work through. Re-reading in memory of my dad who loved it because chess, essential for the soul and life. You must think several moves ahead.

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Desperate chase to recover US military CID ID in gritty 1970‘s South Korea. Fast action noir and excellent portrayal of time and place. My dad had many TDY (temporary duty) there and I visited a few times; the US military presence is so different from tourist experience. Sueno and his partner in Tarantino territory!

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Going Out | Scarlett Thomas
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Boy in the bubble x suburban London teen angst x Wizard of Oz❗️= another brilliant Scarlett Thomas novel. Yep, I‘m a fan.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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English language bestsellers in Tokyo!

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Beloved | Toni Morrison

RIP Toni Morrison

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Went to the library for the first time in weeks; here‘s my stack!

Megabooks The Johnson one is great!! 4mo
Tonton @Megabooks looking forward to it😎 4mo
Smrloomis I agree with @Megabooks! I also really liked the Bright Ideas Bookstore. 4mo
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Been away but I‘m back after a pretty bad first half of 2019; last Thursday was devastating. Rin-Rin, our rescue pup and diva with the heart of a samurai princess, fought like a warrior (brain tumor) but the meds stopped working, and we had to make a hard decision. She slipped away peacefully surrounded by love. Still cry at odd moments, but going to the library for quiet respite. Honoring book chewing diva on here🐾❤️

Megabooks My thoughts and heart go out to you! I‘m so sorry for your loss! 💙💙💙 4mo
Tonton @Megabooks Thank you so much. 4mo
TrishB Aww so sorry 💔🐶 4mo
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Cathythoughts Sorry ♥️ 4mo
Susanita I‘m so sorry 😢💔 4mo
Beatlefan129 I‘m so sorry 4mo
LauraJ So sad. Sending hugs. 😿 4mo
Simona I feel you💔 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So sorry 💔 4mo
BookwormAHN So sorry 😿 4mo
Mollyanna I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 4mo
JennyM So sorry ❤️ 4mo
Velvetfur I'm so sorry for your sad news, lots of love and healing thoughts to you and your family xxx 4mo
andrew61 Sorry about your loss. 4mo
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 4mo
CarolynM 💔 Sorry for your loss 4mo
BookDragonNotWorm I'm so sorry. I lost one of my rescues to a brain tumor earlier this year and I'm still getting teary. But we we're lucky to have them while we did. 4mo
Tonton @TrishB Thank you so much🐶 4mo
Tonton @Cathythoughts Thank you so much🐶 4mo
Tonton @Susanita thanks so much🐶 4mo
Tonton @BookDragonNotWorm we are so lucky ❣️ 4mo
JessClark78 So sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 4mo
batsy I'm so sorry ❤️❤️ 4mo
Smrloomis So sorry to hear that 😢 Sending you good thoughts 💕💕💕 4mo
Reggie I‘m so sorry❤️ 4mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
catiewithac Interesting 🤔 4mo
rretzler Lots of books I want to read on the list. 4mo
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Read this and weep: Adrian McKinty writes the Sean Duffy police procedural which I love and recommend without reservation. Critical acclaim didn‘t pay the bills. He worked as an Uber driver, he and his family got evicted. How can this be? Agent stepped in and persuaded him to write The Chain; got a 7 figure movie deal. Believe. https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/08/adrian-mckinty-interview-crime-nov...

Bklover Good for him!!!👍👏👏 5mo
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Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
sarahbarnes 😆😆😆 5mo
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emz711 Ah thanks! I'm so excited!! 5mo
rretzler Thanks for sharing! 5mo
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Here‘s an interesting link for upcoming summer books translated from the Japanese、
Link: https://savvytokyo.com/6-japanese-books-to-enjoy-this-summer/

crazyspine Cute fishies 5mo
Cathythoughts Adorable pic 5mo
mreads Those books look great Thanks for the link. And a want some of those fish too 🙂 5mo
fleeting But wait - I wanna join that game! 😂 5mo
Palimpsest Thanks for the link! 5mo
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Bookstores and libraries are such beacons of light and art and truth. Sacred ground!

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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mreads Great book 5mo
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Books Kinokuniya - New York | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Haven‘t posted lately on Litsy due to a veritable sh*tstorm on all fronts (work, caregiving, health, and last but not least my dog go‘s senility issues) but have been able to escape overthinking during reading breaks. Will be posting reviews soon. In the meantime a little illustration 😎 of my state of mind...

vivastory Hope things calm down for you soon! 6mo
fleeting Sending well-wishes! 6mo
Tonton @vivastory Thank you! Starting to come up for air😎 (edited) 6mo
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Tonton @fleeting Thank you! Should be getting better soon🌸 6mo
Tanisha_A Ugh! Hope things get better for you soon soon! 6mo
Tonton @Tanisha_A Thanks!Hopefully will be getting in gear from Monday🌟 6mo
Reggie Hope everything smooths out for you!! 6mo
Tonton @Reggie Arigato Reggie! 6mo
Smrloomis Hope things are getting less crazy and more manageable now! 🤞🏽 5mo
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The Accident on the A35 | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Here‘s an elegantly done new mystery by the author ofMy Bloody Project, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. There is a fatal car crash on the A35 near a small town in France. The dead driver is a very proper, conservative lawyer, and absolutely nothing indicates foul play. Inspector Gorski is bothered by one question: where was the victim driving home from? And that, my friends, is the hook that unveils a hot mess. Literate fun!

BookwormM Great review will have to check this out 6mo
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Marshal Guarnaccia is Sicilian working class, and feels he can‘t compete against Firenze‘s hot shot murder squad,politics, and is uncomfortable with the upper classes. If you like Maigret, you will love the marshal. He‘s self deprecating and a bit inarticulate, but he instinctively has a grasp of human nature. A famous writer is found dead in her bath, and he‘s reluctantly thrust into the world of the rich and famous. Very grumpy: strict diet!

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One of my favorite writers. Freeling is British, but has an understated and cool European sensibility. Here Van der Valk, Amsterdam policeman, is roped into a private search for a missing golden boy businessman that takes him into Germany and Spain. This one won an Edgar.

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Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap | Anne McGill-Franzen, Richard L. Allington

Get ready for summer reading❣️Here‘s a great 🌟list to plan around: https://crimereads.com/the-most-anticipated-crime-books-of-summer/hickleberrypun...

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The Japanese countryside is where a lot of strange superstitions, myths, and legends proliferate. This tells the story of 3 generations of the strong, strange matriarchs of the Akakuchiba family, owners of ironworks that dominate the mountain region. Their story is told in tandem with the social/cultural changes in Japan mixed with touches of magic realism. Who wouldn‘t love a mother who could be a seer, a daughter leading a motorcycle gang?

Tonton But it all is a bit thin and the greatest mystery remains unsolved. The potential is there, this was in a transitional phase between light novels (YA) and her award winning novel My Man which deserves its own translation!Red Girls is a bit bumpy and I was way too aware of the translation which needed editing,unfortunately. 6mo
Tonton Example: there is a bit where the youngest grandson is addicted to playing video games “when the family computer” came on the market. Sorry, it‘s not a family computer, it‘s Nintendo‘s FamiCon which is the brand name (short for Family Computer ) but it is not a computer, it is a video game console. It is the little stuff but it gets on my nerves. Sorry for the rant! 6mo
batsy That's unfortunate about the translation, because it sounds so interesting! 6mo
Tonton @batsy It is interesting, and you can see what the author is trying to do. It‘s just when I become more aware of the translation than the flow. I‘m probably being really nit picky... 6mo
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