LitStack Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

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Owl and the Japanese Circus Kristi Charish Simon & Schuster Release Date:  January 13, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4767-9499-0 Alix Hiboux is a thief, specializing in antiquities.  Well, thief is a somewhat suggestive term, but she has built a reputation for acquiring ancient artifacts for discerning (and wealthy) clients.  It wasn’t always that way.  Not so long [….]

LitStack Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami Translated by Philip Gabriel Alfred A. Knopf Publication Date:  August 12, 2014 ISBN 978-0-385-35210-9 Once upon a time, there were five very close friends who attended public high school in Nagoya, Japan – three boys and two girls.  They did everything together:  volunteer work at [….]

LitStack Review: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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A Tale for the Time Being  Ruth Ozeki Penguin Books Release Date: December 31, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-670-02663-0 It’s both easy and difficult to describe Ruth Ozeki’s contemporary novel, A Tale for the Time Being.  It’s easy to give a simple synopsis:  when a tin lunchbox containing a Japanese schoolgirl’s diary from years earlier washes up [….]