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Culture Shock! Korea — Chock Full of Information!

Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd Date: February 7, 2018 I’ll never forget when I first came to Korea in 1990 to teach English, my school sent me an information packet about the school and Korea. Specifically, it was mostly badly photo-copied material about what I should or shouldn’t bring to Korea as well […]

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The Freedman — Book Review

I’ve been a big fan of Lars Hedbor ever since I read his first book, The Prize. What first impressed me was his style of writing that captured this period of American history. I’ve often compared him to another one of my favorite writers, who also wrote about this period, James Fenimore Cooper. His latest, […]

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Pachinko, A Literary Triumph!

In the spirit of Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy, Pachinko is a beautifully written story about the sweeping four-generation history and saga of a Korean family in Japan. In a story filled with forbidden love, triumph and failure, and the need to belong, author Min Jin Lee sheds light on a subject not normally explored […]

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Perfume River

Perfume River By Robert Olen Butler Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st edition (September 6, 2016) Of all the modern writers I admire and who have inspired me the most, Robert Olen Butler would be at the top of the list. Butler’s latest, Perfume River is a literary tour de force. Beautiful, haunting, and evocative, […]

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The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation

The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation By Michael Breen Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (April 4, 2017) When it comes to writing about Korea—its people, culture, and history—there is no one better up to that onerous task than Michael Breen who has devoted most of his life observing and writing about […]

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Book Review: Bangkok Belle

Bangkok Belle is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill hardboiled detective story. Indeed, what makes this novel fascinating and engaging is its exotic location and colorful characters. The author, Ron McMillan, who has knocked around Asia for a couple decades, offers much more than a “travel guide” story by dropping in a steady flow of Asian references, […]

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Book Review: An Unknown Shore

One of the joys of discovering a new author is coming to the table without any expectations of the author’s previous work (if any). It’s all about what’s in front of you now and the literary journey the author will take you on. At the same time, it’s also, “Okay, buddy, I took a chance […]

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Book Review: Dear Petrov

Early in Susan Tepper’s brilliant collection of short fiction, Dear Petrov, her unnamed narrator asks, “Dear Petrov. Can you not take in, just out of range, a lady of wistful yearning. Who, by her own submission, adores you out of reach.” And so begins a mesmerizing and poignant spiritual journey into the heart and soul […]

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Book Review: Dust

It’s been a long time that a book of poetry moved me as much as Brady Peterson’s Dust did. A lot had to do with the topics, which reminds me of many of the things I like to write about, and the reasons why I write. Reading Dust reminded me of the important role we […]

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Book Review: Blood Soaked Dresses

Blood Soaked Dresses Gloria Mindock Paperback: 72 pages Publisher: (October 11, 2007) ISBN-10: 1430310340 ISBN-13: 978-1430310341 13.50 If there were one thing that a poet must do when approaching their craft, it would most certainly be never avoiding topics which are too horrific or frightful. To be sure, it is a poet’s responsibility to […]

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