Monday, May 14, 2012

[Books] Kinokuniya May 2012

I was browsing through Kinokuniya online store and found this...very ineteresting!!!

May 2012 | Store Highlights
Recollections of the City
A city has many stories to tell. It wears many hats and faces of diverse culture, class and religion, saying much of its people. It also reveals and embodies their personal desires.

It is because of these elements that the ventures of hope and sorrow become the stories of many that have lived, learnt, imagined and created there. Ultimately, these stories will belong to the city. As dwellers come and go, the city will always remain, waiting and embracing new arrivals who will continue its existence through evolution and the creation of new horizons.

We often see ourselves as the inhabitants, or even the owners of the city we live in. Have we ever switched sides, and thought of ourselves as mere visitors who will someday leave? And when or if we eventually do, will there be an inkling of sentiment – imagining this city we’re leaving behind to always be there? To it, our existence may simply be footprints that are part of its history, or ideas that will build its future.

This month, we have selected stories from the traces left behind by the people who once lived in there. These tales also tell of an enduring and distinctive biography of the cities – where histories were made, and meaning to their existence shaped. We believe the books speak for the cities themselves as much as for the people that have come and gone.

♦ The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
♦ Cairo: the City Victorious, Max Rodenbeck♦ Cities, John Reader
♦ The City, Joel Kotkin
♦ The City in History, Lewis Mumford
♦ Istanbul, John Freely
♦ Paris, Andrew Hussey
♦ Tokyo: From Edo to Showa, Edward Seidensticker
♦ A History of Venice, John Julius Norwich
♦ Venice: Pure City, Peter Ackroyd
♦ The Taste of Conquest, Michael Krondi
♦ Five Cities That Ruled the World, Douglas Wilson
♦ Great Cities in History, John Julius Norwich
♦ Jerusalem Jerusalem, James Carroll
♦ The Holy Cities, Al Quiati
♦ The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson
♦ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
♦ City of Gold, Jim Krane
♦ Who's Your City, Richard Florida
♦ The Savage City, T.J. English
♦ A Prayer for the City, Buzz Bissinger
♦ Aerotropolis, John Kasadra
♦ The Epic of New York City, Edward Robb Ellis
♦ Bali: A Paradise Created, Adrian Vickers
♦ Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
♦ The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Gayle Tzemachi Lemmon
♦ The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
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Your Next Good Read: Mind the Gap
The silent figure of a girl called Sadako, face half-covered with her long hair, crawling jerkily out of a television set is arguably one of the most chilling scenes in horror film history. Its notoriety is so widespread in popular culture that even if you’d never ever   watched a horror flick, you would still have heard of this particular film, and this particularly heart-stopping part of it. The film is The Ring(リング), one of the highest grossing movies in Japan. It earned its place in filmmaking immortality when its popularity revived the horror film industry in Japan, leading to an entire Asian movement of horror movies.

What many never realised is that it was originally a book, also titled The Ring; Koji Suzuki’s original novel has more of a science fiction and mystery/thriller angle, as opposed to the more supernatural/horror aspect of the film. The book itself is a critically-acclaimed national blockbuster, gaining popularity through the movie but standing up well against it. We know of books like One DayThe Help, or evenLovely Bones, great reads you may have learned of from the movies they became. But that’s only what’s on the ‘western front’. As books and films like The Ring tell us in their own way, we’ve been missing out on an entire genre of books – the Asian media tie-in.

To fill in the gap, and to start you off on your next reading adventure, here’s our list of reads you may have encountered in Asian cinema: 

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What would you do to for a measure of happiness? Anything, and everything? Would you, like Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, dedicate a year to finding out ways and means to be happy? Or do you believe that it’s too futile to even try?

Before you make up your mind, come see what the gurus have to say about it. This month, the happy book people share the secrets of happiness with you.

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