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Mar 06

Tabb Book Readers: Books to help you Experience Japan in March

Posted on March 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Tabb Book Readers meets at the Tabb Library. March's selections focus on Experiencing Japan

The Tabb Book Readers will be gathering again on Saturday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. Join us as we read books that will give readers a glimpse into Japanese culture. Can't think of a good title? Check out recommendations hand-picked by our librarians below.

Non-Fiction Suggestions
  • Kendo Culture of the Sword book coverKendo: Culture of the Sword by Alexander Bennett
    A historical, cultural, and political account of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice today as a global sport.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
    This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
  • Japonisme: Cultural Crossings between Japan and the West by Keiko Kubo
    Lionel Lambourne tells a remarkable story in a fluent and engaging narrative that focuses on the human drama — often amusing but sometimes tragic — of the individual personalities involved in the two-way dialogue between cultures.
  • The Rough Guide to Anime by Simon Richmond
    The Rough Guide to Anime provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse and amazing world of animation from Japan.
Fiction Suggestions
  • My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life book coverMy Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
    On her sixteenth birthday, Elle Zoellner leaves the foster care system to live with the father she never knew in Tokyo, Japan. (Young Adult novel)
  • How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
    Entreated to visit her ancestral family in Japan in place of her ailing mother, Sue uncovers family secrets that influence her life in unforeseen ways, offer insight into her mother's marriage to an American GI, and reveal the role of tradition in shaping personal choice.
  • The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
    A clever mathematics teacher orchestrates a cover-up after a confrontation between a violent man and his terror-stricken ex-wife results in the man's accidental death.
  • My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
    From one of Japan's most notable manga artists: a heartbreaking and redemptive tale of mourning and acceptance that compares and contrasts the contemporary nature of gay tolerance in the East and the West. Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo, married to wife Natsuki, father to young daughter Kana. Their lives are suddenly upended 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, revelatory look at and journey into the largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation has the chance to change the preconceptions of and prejudices against it. (Graphic Novel)

Still can't find a title you like? Stop by the Tabb Reference Desk or call 890-5120 to discover more titles available from the York County Public Library that will let you explore Japan!