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Ghosts of the Tsunami
Ghosts of the Tsunami | Richard Lloyd Parry
On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghost and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins.
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Remarkable journalism on the aftermath of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. I live in the PNW and remember this and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant vividly. I was unaware of the preventable tragedy that unfolded at the Okawa Elementary School. Parry‘s deep respect for his subjects is evident, and the persistence for answers amidst a culture of deference to authority is powerful. Truly haunting. 5⭐️

Centique I‘ve often wondered about what happened after this tragedy disappeared from my news broadcasts here - it was so huge - this sounds like a must read. Great review! 3mo
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Traci1
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I managed to get Henry (the 5 year old) to put on pants long enough to run by the library and do a curbside pickup of our holds. These were my picks. I think I'll start Ghosts later today after I finish Turn Right at Machu Picchu.

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BatsInTheLibrary
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“Question one: Is this apartment conveniently located, well-appointed, and reasonably priced? Question two: Will it crush me to death when the ground starts to shake?“

What is house hunting in Japan or California o.O

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dylanisreading
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I can't seem to get into any fiction, even in audio. So I'm sticking with nonfiction (the only books I've been able to finish this month).

Since finding out I have ADD last month, I've wanted to understand even more urgently what it's like for other people processing and experiencing life, even what we consider to be extreme experiences. It's quite something to realize that the way your mind works isn't how most people's minds work.

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CoffeeK8
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This book is really amazing. It‘s a treatise on Japanese culture, death, parenthood ,and how you rebuild yourself after a tragedy. The story surrounds a particular incident during the Tsunami in 2011.

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CoffeeK8
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About halfway through this book and I‘m finding it fascinating and poignant... there is so much about Japanese culture that Is unfamiliar to me.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve got this on my TBR! 4y
CoffeeK8 @Reviewsbylola it‘s so much more than what I expected it to be! 4y
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plaid
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Interesting take as Parry focuses on the people affected by the tsunami of March 2011.

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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An absolutely heartbreaking account of the tsunami that destroyed Japan 03/11/11. This follows the residents of the Tohoku region the devastated families that lost 74 children and 10 teachers from Okawa Elementary School. The author completely captures the inconsolable grief experienced by the families and community. Skillfully researched and written. Everyone read/listen to this. 5⭐️10💔

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cariashley
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Excellently told and well researched account of the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, focusing mainly on the tragedy of the Okawa elementary school. Very sad but an absolutely worthwhile listen.

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Ephemera
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I have read two other books by Richard Parry, both very good. This book is about what happened in a particular town when the 2011 earthquake hit Japan and generated a huge tsunami. A small school was directly in its path and many children died. Parry is the Tokyo bureau chief for the Times of London and he knows Japan and Asia. He has lived there for many years so he knows Japanese culture and the Japanese mindset. Highly recommend.

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Expandingbookshelf
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If you feel like sobbing into your pillow while in the fetal position, then do I have the book for you. Bleak, gutting, and beautifully written.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I have a “woe is me” #bookhaul to share today. I‘ve got a bum tooth that I thought just needed a root canal. Nope, it has to be pulled because of a big crack in the root. Ugh. I‘ll likely get an implant too. More pain and $$.

So of course I went book shopping today. Thankfully I still have Christmas money to spend. The books turned backwards came in the mail for the #mybloodyvalentineswap. That makes a bad day all better!

CocoReads Oh dental work. No fun, I‘ve had a lot of work done trying to save my teeth (I have really bad teeth for no good reason) so I feel your pain. Books do make it all better though. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CocoReads Sorry for your pain too! Today was some pain relief but bad news and anticipation of more. Looking forward to my books though!! 5y
anzimmer I‘ve been wanting to check out sourdough! Hope these make your pain better! (edited) 5y
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mjdowens I feel your pain. I just had to have the implant also this past year. Even with insurance covering half of it, I felt more pain paying my $1200 share😫😫 5y
SandyW That sounds like itwon't be much fun. But books can always take you away. Good luck! 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @anzimmer Me too! B & N had it for 50% off and an extra 10% for members. Couldn‘t pass it up! 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mjdowens It‘s crazy, right?? 5y
kalinichta Book shopping was definitely in order. Also, there is something about your bear bitmoji that is just delighting the heck out of me. 💛 5y
readordierachel Oh no! :( 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kalinichta I thought he was darn cute too! 5y
Tamra 😞 5y
jfalkens Oh no! Hope you feel better soon xxx and hope you enjoy your new books 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jfalkens Thanks! Today was just the bad news. No extraction yet. But soon. 😭 5y
jfalkens @BarbaraTheBibliophage hopefully they give you the good drugs🤞and it heals quickly xXxX 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jfalkens I‘m sure they will and it will. I have some good pain meds left from my surgery last fall too. Shhhh. 5y
jfalkens @BarbaraTheBibliophage lol 🤐 that'll help for afterwards at least! 😂 5y
TricksyTails That sounds awful! But your Bitmoji is super cute! I hope everything goes well and you have a speedy recovery! Hugs. 🤗♥️ 5y
Leftcoastzen Feel better , trouble with teeth is never any fun.☹️ 5y
dragondrool Hope all is better soon! 5y
megt I hope you‘re feeling better soon! 5y
minkyb Sorry to hear this. Must be the week of bad dental news. At my routine hygiene visit they found a cracked tooth that needs a crown. It never occurred to me to drown my sorrows with a book purchase. I will have to rectify that. Good thinking! 5y
Avanders Oh no! Hope you feel better soon!! But very glad you got fun swap mail!! I always love getting those packages!💖💖 5y
Gezemice Oh no, I hope you will get better soon! I am glad books are there to help you. Sending hugs 🤗 5y
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ihugducks
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Heart-wrenching. Had me in tears several times.

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Well-ReadNeck
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This is a tough book. Didn‘t quite have the gut punch of Wave, which I adored. But, it does hit many nerves and is through and haunting.

cariashley I need my library hold on this to come through, really want to read it. 5y
Reagan Man, I really loved Wave! This looks good. Stacked! 5y
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Hoopiefoot
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A very good book but not exactly what I want to be reading when there‘s a 4.4 earthquake here in tiny Delaware! (I was driving & didn‘t feel it)

JessClark78 I felt it in Baltimore. It shook my house. 🙁 5y
Reviewsbylola This is on my TBR. 5y
DivineDiana I felt in in Bryn Mawr, PA! 5y
MicheleinPhilly I felt it in Philly! 5y
lildeb_8 I'm in Delaware too! I was driving and didn't feel it either. 5y
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Kinga-Bee
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This is harrowing. I cried on the train today.

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Suzze
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Book Mail! This sounds so good!

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Liberty
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Afternoon reading. ❤️

ChasingOm Wow, that looks heavy (but necessary). 5y
Liberty @RanaElizabeth It is indeed fantastic. I‘m rereading it for work. 5y
RanaElizabeth @Liberty And he also wrote about Indonesia! I just found this out while buying the tsunami book...I might have also bought the Indonesia one. Thanks a lot, enabler! 5y
mspixxie Loved People Who Eat Darkness, so excited about this one! Such a great author! 5y
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Asktheletters
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People Who Eat Darkness is one my favourite non-fiction books, so I've looking forward to this. One hundred pages in and it's FANTASTIC.

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nikki.82
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Next up for me.... I hope it's good!

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Liberty
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Eeeeeeeeeeeeee! I could not be more excited if I swallowed a cat and broke out in kittens! PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS is the *creepiest* true crime book of the 21st century, and I'm so interested to see what he has for us now. 🤘🏻🤘🏻

LuLeeBelle OOOOOooohhhHohohoo BOY this looks like a good one 5y
kirsten4 Ooohhhh sounds good. 5y
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