Tag Archives: Books

Review of ‘Tokyo Junkie’ by Robert Whiting

Robert Whiting is a talented and fascinating writer addicted to Japan. He has lived and worked as a journalist in Tokyo on and off for more than fifty years. His memoir ‘Tokyo Junkie‘ begins in 1962 when Japan was transforming itself on a monumental scale in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The pages in-between cover…

Welcome to the #SignForOurBookshops Campaign

I’m so excited to collaborate with renowned British author Holly Bourne and more than 200 other writers in a national campaign to support bookshops throughout lockdown – #SignForOurBookshops. During the last lockdown, bookshops had to work so hard just to remain operational – taking orders online, or over the phone. They now face a second…

My First Article for The Japan Times and Our Holiday in the Caribbean

November and December were busy but relaxing months for my husband and me. I know this sounds like a contradiction but let me explain: we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with two weeks in the Caribbean staying at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa in beautiful, balmy Jamaica, I read all five books…

Review of ‘The Memory Police’ by Yōko Ogawa for Books on Asia

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) (Pantheon, Random House August 13, 2019) This internationally-acclaimed writer transports you to a disturbing dystopian island where everyone and everything gradually disappears, leaving its vulnerable inhabitants at the mercy of a terrifying totalitarian regime. Imagine, if you will, waking up knowing something seems strange, eerie…