Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3: Japanese Edition!

Good morning, biblio-dragons! Welcome back to another week of sharing fantastic diverse literature! The meme was created by the wonderful Aimal Farooq over at Bookshelves & Paperbacks in an effort to feature more diverse authors and books within the bookworm community! If you are interested in checking out this fun diversity party, just click the BOLD PINK WORDS!

**Please note that credit for the awesome banner featured in this post also goes to Aimal!!**


A Diverse Book That I’ve Read & Enjoyed!

All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is an #OwnVoices Japanese science-fiction, cyberpunk novel about a kid named Keiji Kiriya, who’s a raw recruit that’s been shoved in a suit of ferocious body armour and sent out to kill when an alien race, called the Gitai, invade. Keiji dies on the battlefield, but suddenly finds himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again and again. (There was a really terrible Hollywood film that came out a few years ago starring Tom Cruise, called The Edge of Tomorrow, which was an atrocious rendition. That film was based off of this novel, which is far more superior than the film ever was.) I highly recommend this book to all fans of cyberpunk fiction!

A Diverse Book That’s Been Released But I Haven’t Read (Yet)!

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka is an #OwnVoices Japanese-American novel that transports us to San Francisco about a century into the past from now. It’s about the young women who were brought over from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides.” The book revolves around eight women and their journeys, which is told in eight separate, unforgettable sections. The novel was first published in 2011, and I was finally able to acquire a copy this past month (February)!

A Diverse Book That’s Not Been Released Yet!

Inheritance From Mother by Minae Mizamura is an #OwnVoices Japanese novel that releases on May 2nd, and is one of my most-anticipated reads of the year! Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-fifties, is a French-language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at another private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman. In addition to her husband’s infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing eighty-something mother, a demanding, self-absorbed woman who is far from the image of the patient, self-sacrificing Japanese matriarch. The novel offers insight into a complex, paradoxical culture while simultaneously exploring the profound resilience of women via mothers and daughters, marriage, and old age.


5 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3: Japanese Edition!

  1. Buddha in the Attic sounds so interesting, thank you! I don’t know anything about picture brides – definitely something I need to learn more about. 🙂


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