Book Review: No-No Boy

No-No Boy by John Okada

No-No Boy: A Novel by John Okada (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014; originally published in 1957. 282 pp) John Okada was born in Seattle in 1923. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, attended the University of Washington and Columbia University, and died of a heart attack at the age of 47. No-No Boy is his only published novel. Who Wore It Best? There’s an age-old debate between those that did it first and those that mastered it. Often, the innovator lacks the technical skills of the master, but the master hasn’t done something original, he or she just has done it better. So, when handing out a superlative, how should the judge dictate between that… Read More →

Book Review : The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness (New York: Penguin Press, 2014. 310 pp) Patrick Ness is the author of the award winning Chaos Walking Trilogy, the Costa Children’s Book Award winner, A Monster Calls, for young adults, a novel for adults called, The Crash of Hennington, and a story collection for adults, Topics About Which I Know Nothing. Ness grew up in Hawaii and Washington State and now lives in London. Enter: The Nice Guy George Duncan is an American living and working in London, much like the author himself. Duncan is forty-eight years of age and owns a small print shop. Divorced and alone, he remains affable nonetheless. His niceness is his undoing however, as no relationship he’s in lasts long enough, simply because he is “too… Read More →