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A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
A Deepness in the Sky

alchymyst, November 19, 2011

Definitely one of my favorite sci-fi reads. I love the way Vinge does aliens -- he does not describe them, he just goes on with the narrative and lets you gradually build a picture of them in your mind.
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Please Look After Mom by Kyung Sook Shin
Please Look After Mom

alchymyst, November 15, 2011

Incredibly poignant story about sacrifices mothers make for their children, about appreciating people while they are still with us, and about regrets. It will make you cry and will stay with you forever.
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

alchymyst, November 5, 2011

This is an incredible little book. It's one of the first books I've read on Zen Buddhism when I was just starting my practice, and it's been with me ever since. Suzuki does not focus on attaining enlightenment. Instead, he teaches you to just sit and keep an open mind, to love practice for itself instead of because it might lead to satori. You can reread this book many times and find something new every time you do it.
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Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood by Karen Maezen Miller
Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood

alchymyst, October 11, 2011

Probably the best and the most honest book on pregnancy/parenthood I've ever read. Clear, crisp writing, great practical advice. You don't have to be a Buddhist to learn something from this book.
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Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar by Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui
Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

alchymyst, October 9, 2011

Since Japanese grammar largely consists of sentence patterns (i.e. 'this is how you say you want something'), grammar points can be neatly arranged in a dictionary format, which makes this volume a great reference book. It's not a textbook, but rather a place to look up all those pesky grammar points that are not adequately explained in textbooks. This volume plus the Intermediate and Advanced ones are a must for your library if you are a serious student of Japanese.
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