Days at the Morisaki Bookshop, by Satoshi Yagisawa

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Yagisawa's delightful novel gently carries the reader through the joys that ground and enrich the reading life. It follows twenty-something Takako who, as her days are suddenly turned upside-down, finds solace and a new sense of self at her family’s used-book store. There, she slowly but surely falls in love with Japanese literature, assisted by her charming, biblio-obsessed curmudgeon of an uncle who helps her break out of her shell by introducing her to books (as he does also the reader; titles, authors, and a few synopses are included here), to the shop’s devoted patrons, and to the neighborhood's quaint shops and coffee houses. Full of vivid details that bring each scene to life and highlight the subtle differences between America and Japan, this is fiction that goes down easy.


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By Satoshi Yagisawa, Eric Ozawa (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780063278677
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 4th, 2023

The Big Con, by Mariana Mazzucatto

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What does the botched rollout have in common with Sweden's Karolinska Solna, the world’s most expensive hospital construction project? Both were wrecked by the massive (and highly regarded) consulting firms that oversaw them. The Big Con gives much needed critical attention to the public sector consulting work that is gutting in-house capacity, draining talent, and turning governments around the world into incompetent shells unable to provide the services their constituents elected them to perform; rather, they fund enormous for-profit companies and bear all the risk--and blame--when the projects fail, and the consultancies make off with the lucre. This book is an engaging, readable, and well-documented case for the inherent conflicts of interest and long-term dangers posed by public sector consulting.  

The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens Our Businesses, Infantilizes Our Governments, and Warps Our Economies By Mariana Mazzucato, Rosie Collington Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593492673
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Published: Penguin Press - March 7th, 2023

Culture, by Martin Puchner

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A timely and invigorating antidote to the quixotic bloviating that characterizes much contemporary debate on inter-cultural dialogue and cultural appropriation, this book foregrounds world culture writ large as “a huge recycling project,” where fierce enemies often turn out to be each other’s most faithful preservationists. Puchner, a ferociously well read and gifted storyteller, takes the reader on a grand and truly global tour of world history, visiting Paleolithic France, pharanoic Egypt, Classical Athens, Vesuvian Pompeii, early-Abbasid Baghdad, Columbian Mesoamerica, medieval Germany, Renaissance Portugal, late-Tokugawa Japan, Revolutionary Haiti, Victorian England, 20th-century Nigeria, and 21st-century Korea, with sojourns in ancient Ethiopia, India, and China. Focusing on morally fraught and often violent moments of cultural exchange, these vivid portraits of art, diplomacy, and travel grant expansive insights into the abounding internal contradictions that come down to us in our shared glorious, corrupted, vital, inspiring, and conflicting traditions. 

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ISBN: 9780393867992
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2023