Over the course of a decade, Richard Lloyd Parry has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story and been given unprecedented access to Lucie's bitterly divided family to reveal the astonishing truth about Lucie ...
Author: Richard Lloyd Parry
Publisher: Random House
*** Richard Lloyd Parry is the Winner of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize *** In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde, and twenty-one years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo summer and disappeared forever. That winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a desolate seaside cave. Her disappearance was mystifying. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? What did her work, as a 'hostess' in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve? And could Lucie's fate be linked to the disappearance of another girl some ten years earlier? Over the course of a decade, Richard Lloyd Parry has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story and been given unprecedented access to Lucie's bitterly divided family to reveal the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate.
It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the struggle to find consolation in the ruins.
Author: Richard Lloyd Parry
Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian, NPR, GQ, The Economist, Bookforum, Amazon, and Lit Hub The definitive account of what happened, why, and above all how it felt, when catastrophe hit Japan—by the Japan correspondent of The Times (London) and author of People Who Eat Darkness On March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of northeast Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than eighteen thousand people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan’s greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings, and met a priest who exorcised the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village that had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the schoolyard in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a soon-to-be classic intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the struggle to find consolation in the ruins.
There was a mesmerizing true-crime account set in Tokyo, People Who Eat
Darkness, that I read in two nights from start to finish, too afraid to turn the light off
when I put the book down, lest something or someone evil creep up on me under
Author: Daphne Merkin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A New York Times Book Review Favorite Read of 2016 “Despair is always described as dull,” writes Daphne Merkin, “when the truth is that despair has a light all its own, a lunar glow, the color of mottled silver.” This Close to Happy—Merkin’s rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression—captures this strange light. Daphne Merkin has been hospitalized three times: first, in grade school, for childhood depression; years later, after her daughter was born, for severe postpartum depression; and later still, after her mother died, for obsessive suicidal thinking. Recounting this series of hospitalizations, as well as her visits to myriad therapists and psychopharmacologists, Merkin fearlessly offers what the child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz calls “the inside view of navigating a chronic psychiatric illness to a realistic outcome.” The arc of Merkin’s affliction is lifelong, beginning in a childhood largely bereft of love and stretching into the present, where Merkin lives a high-functioning life and her depression is manageable, if not “cured.” “The opposite of depression,” she writes with characteristic insight, “is not a state of unimaginable happiness . . . but a state of relative all-right-ness.” In this dark yet vital memoir, Merkin describes not only the harrowing sorrow that she has known all her life, but also her early, redemptive love of reading and gradual emergence as a writer. Written with an acute understanding of the ways in which her condition has evolved as well as affected those around her, This Close to Happy is an utterly candid coming-to-terms with an illness that many share but few talk about, one that remains shrouded in stigma. In the words of the distinguished psychologist Carol Gilligan, “It brings a stunningly perceptive voice into the forefront of the conversation about depression, one that is both reassuring and revelatory.”
People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman. London: Jonathan Cape
. Peek, J. M. 1991. “Japan and the International Bill of Rights.” Journal of
Northeast Asian Studies, Fall 10(3): 3–16. Peek, J. M. 1992. “Japan, The United
Author: Debito Arudou
Publisher: Lexington Books
Despite domestic constitutional provisions and international treaty promises, Japan has no law against racial discrimination. Consequently, businesses around Japan display “Japanese Only” signs, denying entry to all 'foreigners' on sight. Employers and landlords routinely refuse jobs and apartments to foreign applicants. Japanese police racially profile 'foreign-looking' bystanders for invasive questioning on the street. Legislators, administrators, and pundits portray foreigners as a national security threat and call for their segregation and expulsion. Nevertheless, Japan’s government and media claim there is no discrimination by race in Japan, therefore no laws are necessary. How does Japan resolve the cognitive dissonance of racial discrimination being unconstitutional yet not illegal? Embedded Racism carefully untangles Japanese society’s complex narrative on race by analyzing two mutually-supportive levels of national identity maintenance. Starting with case studies of hundreds of individual “Japanese Only” businesses, it carefully analyzes the construction of Japanese identity through legal structures, statute enforcement, public policy, and media messages. It reveals how the concept of a “Japanese” has been racialized to the point where one must look “Japanese” to be treated as one. The product of a quarter-century of research and fieldwork by a scholar living in Japan as a naturalized Japanese citizen, Embedded Racism offers an unprecedented perspective on Japan’s deeply-entrenched, poorly-understood, and strenuously-unacknowledged discrimination as it affects people by physical appearance.
... trial and insights into the Japanese marriagebreakup industry with me. I am
particularly grateful to him for his advice over the years as well as his
extraordinary People Who Eat Darkness, which introduced me to the Japanese
Author: Stephanie Scott
Publisher: Hachette UK
A BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR THE DAILY MAIL AND WOMAN AND HOME A New York Times 'Editor's Pick' One of the Observer's Ten Best Debut Novelists of 2020 'Enrapturing... This richly imagined novel considers the many permutations of love and what we are capable of doing in its name' New York Times 'A brilliant debut' Louise Doughty, author of Apple Tree Yard 'You'll have the heart rate of an Olympic hurdler' Sunday Express 'I read it with my heart in my throat' Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton 'An exquisitely crafted masterpiece you'll be pressing into the hands of others' Woman & Home 'An intoxicatingly atmospheric mystery' Daily Mail 'Dark, addictive and eye-opening, this is a brilliant debut' Stylist A gripping debut set in modern-day Tokyo and inspired by a true crime, What's Left of Me Is Yours follows a young woman's search for the truth about her mother's life - and her murder. In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the wakaresaseya (literally "breaker-upper"), a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Sato hires Kaitaro, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Sato has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitaro's job is to do exactly that - until he does it too well. While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitaro fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter Sumiko's life. Told from alternating points of view and across the breathtaking landscapes of Japan, What's Left of Me Is Yours explores the thorny psychological and moral grounds of the actions we take in the name of love, asking where we draw the line between passion and possession.
I know from experience that our guests will not eat the sort of meals prepared at
God's Love We Deliver. (When I first retired I was a volunteer in that program at
West Park Presbyterian.) Those were delicious meals, certainly, meant to tempt ...
Author: Fred Garel
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
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There was anyen that the people of the Site would not do for her, especially the
older ones. It was this glow that ... But the stuff Marguerite found was not food a
person would eat — it was always moldy stuff, old, perished. The rats didn't care,'
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: A&C Black
WINNER of the 2013 Printz Award. In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. 'Shorty' is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost five years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him with Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who two-hundred years ago led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti. As he grows weaker, Shorty relives the journey that took him to the hospital, a bullet wound in his arm. In his visions and memories he hopes to find the strength to survive, and perhaps then Toussaint can find a way to be free . . .
Sophia Viktorovna and I together used to feed these dying people . We took them
their rations and tried to make them eat . But almost none of them could eat by
that time . Then we took these rations out to a guard and asked whether we could
Author: Veronica Shapovalov
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
The poems in this short collection discuss feelings of alienation, horror, and dishonesty through the lens of a painfully aware sense of humanity. Included (at no extra charge) are a few short essays, a gonzo journalism piece, and horror parables. I Really hope you guys enjoy what I'm putting down.
But even harder to protect three million people. Perhaps it was something they
ate or drank? That might explain Tohon's classmates, but not the others. No
family had survived intact. It stood to reason that a family would all eat the same
Author: Maria V. Snyder
She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears? Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever. But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision….
They ate because they had to eat. Still, it did not satisfy their needs. The bones of
the cattle stuck out at every conceivable corner and one could count their ribs.
Those were the lucky ones. Their relatives were dead. More of them died every ...
Author: Zakes Mda
In a remote mountain village in Lesotho, the beautiful Dikosha lives for dancing and for song, setting herself apart from her fellow villagers. Her twin brother, Radisene, works in the lowland capital of Maseru, struggling amid political upheaval to find a life for himself away from the hills. As the years pass, Radisene's fortunes rise and fall in the city, while Dikosha remains in the village, never leaving and never aging. And through it all, the community watches, comments, and passes judgment.
The planet then had years of cold darkness. Plants didn't get the sunlight they ...
Once the plant-eaters died, the meat-eaters had nothing to eat. Without warmth
and food, ... And then one day, someone found some! Many dinosaur bones have
Author: Donna H. Bowman
Provides answers to questions asked by children about dinosaurs, discussing such topics as when they lived, how heavy they were, and what they ate.
She knew what people liked to eat: prime rib, soft-shell crabs, terrapin . . . So she'
d buy these delicacies and boy, those people came along in dozens! Squab and
crawfish. They guzzled it. Wallis went round, helping to serve them. 'Minnehaha' ...
Author: Rose Tremain
Publisher: Random House
Repeatedly exhorted by a strange figure to remember unspecified facts about her life, Wallis struggles with a world of random, snapshot memories. Try as she might to remember her third husband, the dull little man with no name, it is deeper remembrances that engulf her on her death bed, blotting out the inconsequential details of her life. Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson.
Some of the men who went out after us, they ate too much and they did get very
sick and they did die, we told them not to eat too fast and too much. We did not
want to go back to the camp. The five of us decided to go where the SS guard
Author: Abraham Gold
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
All these years while my children were growing up, it was too difficult for me to talk about my past. The immense terrifying madness that had erupted in history, and in the conscience of humankind was too painful As my children grew up they started to ask questions about their grandmother and grandfather. Finally I told them a little history of the war in Europe. The Nazis in Germany set out to build a society in which there simply would be no room for the Jews. Toward the end of their reign, their goal changed; they wanted to leave behind a world in ruins in which Jews would never to have existed. The Germans everywhere in Russia, in the Ukraine, and in Lithuania, carried out the Final Solution by turning their machine guns on more than a million Jews, who were not only killed but were denied burial in a cemetery. It is obvious that the war, which Hitler and his accomplices waged, was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory. Yet having lived through this experience, I could not keep silent no matter how difficult, if not impossible, it was for me to speak. I had many things to say, I did not have the words to tell them. How was I to speak of what happened without trembling, heartbroken for all eternity, The hungerthirstfeartransportselectionfirechimney. When it came to tell them, what did happen to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, no words came out of my mouth, we all started to cry. In 1974, November I was given a testimonial dinner for serving as post Commander of the J.W.V. in Orangeburg New York. The editor of our towns newspaper came to our house to interview me knowing that I was a Holocaust survivor.
"The army's full of men needin' to eat. Perhaps I could get my foot in the door with
those gentlemen generals and make our food the exclusive provider to our boys
in gray," he explained as if dictating a newspaper advertisement. "Maybe we'll ...
Author: Jessica Jewett
Set during the bloody American Civil War, From the Darkness Risen is a story of courage, valor and what it means to be a family. A young couple with a toddler son, the Cavanaughs endure the explosion of civil war, separation and the struggle of keeping the family farm out of enemy hands. Robert, a captain in the Stonewall Brigade, is captured during the fight at Sand Ridge, Virginia, and taken to a Union prison in Illinois. When Isabelle hears the frightening news, she abandons her post as a nurse in Staunton, Virginia's Confederate Army Hospital with futile hopes of securing her husbandÃ¢ÂÂs freedom. Along the way, Isabelle sees the brutality of war through her deeply religious sensitivity, and struggles with the traditional roles of a 1860s wife and mother against her desire to be something more. When her companion, Eva Reed, sabotages the dangerous escape, Isabelle and Robert find themselves fighting for their lives. Will they make it out of enemy territory alive?
You know, what we eat has a great deal to do with people's approach to life. Take
me, for example. I guess you can tell I like to eat. Eating is one of my hobbies. I
don't have very many, but eating--well, that's the one I'm embraced to. Shows ...
Author: Donald J. Richardson
I do not know how Covered with Darkness came about. The process of creativity is still a mystery to me, even as I try to teach it, and this is especially true for everything that I write. There is some indefinable, inexpressible something that operates in the brain that I cannot analyze, which I simply try to appreciate and use. When it works, I give thanks to the powers that be, and when it doesn’t, c’est la vie. I believe there may be some hidden message in this work, which I hesitate to try to discover, let alone articulate. Probably there is a moral or allegory of some sort, but if you can find it, gentle reader, I wish you the best. I will not echo Mark Twain’s admonition, “Persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” Try to enjoy it is all I can offer.