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Book Vloggin’ With Jan: Two Profoundly Influential Japanese Authors

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Each month, Jan, one of our intrepid booksellers, picks a different topic and tells us about her must-read books in that genre. This month she’s vloggin’ about two profound and influential books from Japanese authors!

Books Discussed In This Blog: 

Something Like an Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa

“SOMETHING LIKE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY in Kurosawa’s own  words, details his personal and professional life from his childhood until his global success in 1950 with Rashomon. It outlines his experience in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, his idolization of his older brother–and the tragedy of that brother’s suicide, his dreams of becoming a painter–and giving up on those dreams because materials were too expensive, his apprenticeship as assistant director, then career as director at Toho Studios, his experience as a home-bound Japanese citizen during the war… What we get is the closest to Kurosawa’s truth that we will ever get outside of his…

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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