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Off the beaten track with Isabella Bird

/ Dec 9, 2017

Off the beaten track with Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird was a tenacious traverser of continents, prolific Victorian era writer and the first woman awarded membership to the U.K.'s Royal Geographical Society. Isabella Bird and Japan: A Reassessment, by Kiyonori Kanasaka, Translated by Nicholas Pertwee. 312 pages RENAISSANCE BOOKS, Nonfiction. Wait, who? As famous explorers and all-around ...

Global citizen keen to take on new environments

| Dec 3, 2017

Global citizen keen to take on new environments

Fikdanel Thaufik cannot pinpoint exactly how many languages he speaks. "For sure, Indonesian," Thaufik said laughing. "And English — that's international." But as the vice president and representative of Garuda Indonesia's Japan, Korea, and U.S. regions slowly lists off languages, whereas most of us ...

'A Samurai's Pink House': A complicated stew of poetry

/ Jul 8, 2017

'A Samurai's Pink House': A complicated stew of poetry

There's a lot of pink in Sonia Saikaley's latest collection of poetry. Given the fairy tale-like title, the deluge of sakura-related imagery was expected. The blood from rape instead of battle, was not. A Samurai's Pink House, by Sonia Saikaley.120 pages INANNA, Poetry. As frustrating in its ...