WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by HARUKI MURAKAMI

When I turned the last page, after (I think) the 3rd time of reading this book, it was with the same sense of regret. I could read Mr. Murakami’s gentle unassuming words for ever. He sounds so nice and reassuring and thoughtful. The kind of person I’d love to run …

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

,”The Devotion of Suspect X,” the cult Japanese thriller by Keigo Higashino has at long last been translated into English. This story of murder and its consequences, set in modern-day suburban Tokyo, is (in the words of all good book reviews) a gripping page-turner.  Seriously, however clichéd that description might …

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

  The delightful, quirky novel “The Housekeeper and the Professor” manages to weave such seemingly disparate elements as memory loss, mathematics and baseball into a poignant, very touching story. The Professor, a brilliant mathematician, suffered a severe accident in 1975 and ever since, he lives with only 80 minutes of …