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[Herald Interview] ‘It was destiny’

When novelist Jeon Kyung-ae watched the first 10 minutes of the recent box-office hit “Ode to My Father,” she was surprised and deeply touched to see the U.S. merchant ship SS Meredith Victory in th...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:42

Children’s ‘comfort women’ book translated to English

A children’s book that delves into the issue of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery was published in English, the publisher said last week. “Touch-Me-Nots” was published on Jan. 9 by the House of Shari...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:40

‘Russian Tattoo’ is worthwhile read

Russian TattooBy Elena Gorokhova (Simon & Schuster)In 2011, memoirist Elena Gorokhova described her coming-of-age in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, and her decision to marry an American to ...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:08

Self-help guru Tony Robbins wants to make you rich

Money: Master the GameBy Tony Robbins (Simon & Schuster)As one of the world’s most celebrated life coaches, Tony Robbins is best known for helping millions of people improve the quality of their liv...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:08

Fact imitates fiction in saga of ‘Yankee Comandante’

The Yankee ComandanteBy Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss (Lyons)The saga of William Morgan, the Yankee comandante of the Cuban Revolution, is a case of fact imitating fiction.An Eagle Scout, an ex-con,...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:06

Patton Oswalt has a thing for the movies

“I started comedy when the boom was ending, in ’88; I started writing books when print began to die,” says actor, comedian and author Patton Oswalt. “I’m drawn to dying realms, man.”Oswalt is si...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:05

Okey Ndibe’s ‘Arrows of Rain’ splits its powerful message

It’s been quite a journey for Okey Ndibe’s first novel, “Arrows of Rain.” Originally published in England in 2000, the book is finally coming out here in the wake of last year’s “Foreign Gods, I...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:05

‘Fear the Darkness’ is solid story

Fear the DarknessBy Becky Masterman (Minotaur)Relationships require a certain amount of vulnerability ― the willingness to expose yourself emotionally, hoping that happiness is the ultimate goal, bu...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:04

Asian sacred texts, German classics form new collection

“Olje Classics,” a book series offering Asian and Western classics at an affordable price, recently printed its 13th installment. Published by local nonprofit organization Olje Foundation, the four-...

Updated : 2015.01.15 21:12

‘First Bad Man’ tells of surreal self absorption

The First Bad Man By Miranda July (Scribner)The first sentence of Miranda July’s debut novel, “The First Bad Man,” suggests the almost surreal self-absorption of its problematic narrator: “I dro...

Updated : 2015.01.15 21:12

‘Unquiet Dead’ is outstanding debut

The Unquiet Dead By Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur Books) War atrocities reverberate for generations, affecting those who fought on the battlefield and the civilian victims who were collateral damage....

Updated : 2015.01.15 21:11

‘The Girl on the Train’ has realistic plot

The Girl on the TrainBy Paula Hawkins(Riverhead Books)How many times have you been on a train and wondered about the people who live near the tracks and leave their curtains open so that passersby can...

Updated : 2015.01.15 21:10

Edith Pearlman has a fine eye for the intimate in ‘Honeydew’

“Honeydew”By Edith Pearlman (Little, Brown and Co.)Edith Pearlman’s fiction is all about the ways we touch each other ― albeit not in the manner we expect. Sure, there are lovers in her stories: ...

Updated : 2015.01.15 21:10

Handmade St. John’s Bible unique opportunity, challenge

In our image-bombarded world, one-of-a-kind creations are hard to find. Paintings and sculptures, maybe. But digital media ― smartphones, e-readers, tablets ― have made the world of words an infinit...

Updated : 2015.01.15 21:08

An unflinching account of war in Afghanistan

If the trend holds, there soon will be a shelf of books explaining why the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan was a misadventure or worse.Into that crowded field comes Graeme Smith’s “The Dogs Are Eating T...

Updated : 2015.01.08 21:10