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Lucia Silva, book buyer at Portrait of a Bookstore, declares Chin Music Press "a triumphant kick in the pants for anyone who doubts the future of paper-and-ink books." We take the time to produce high-quality, high-design books that, like food from the slow food movement, can be savored. Our Japan-related titles include fiction, cultural studies, politics, memoirs, and art books. Our New Orleans titles, published under the Broken Levee Books imprint, include fiction, essay collections, and photography. We also publish Americana fiction. Please visit our online store. Grab the PDF of our spring 2012 catalog.
Japan Books

Yokohama Yankee Yokohama Yankee
Leslie Helm

Yokohama Yankee is the first book to look at Japan across five generations with perspective that is both from the inside and through foreign eyes, with photographs, maps, illustrations, postcards and ephemera from the late 19th century to today.
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Americana Poetry, Culture

A Commonplace Book of Pie
Commonplace Book of Pie Kate Lebo
illustrations by Jessica Lynn Bonin

This slim volume is chockful of poems, recipes and baking tips from Lebo. Shelf Awareness says that "readers will be hard-pressed to know whether this book belongs in the kitchen for the recipes or on the coffee table for the illustrations and poems. Charming to read in either spot."
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Subduction Subduction
Todd Shimoda
art by L.J.C. Shimoda

A timely, seductive mystery set on a tiny island plagued by a swarm of earthquakes. Exquisite art and a beautiful insert of the retelling of the Japanese giant catfish myth compliment the page-turning story.
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Broken Levee Books

Hurricane Story Hurricane Story
Jennifer Shaw

This first-person narrative told through dreamlike images of toys and dolls chronicles one couple’s evacuation from New Orleans ahead of the broken levees, the birth of their first child on the day that Katrina made landfall, and their return.
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Otaku Spaces Otaku Spaces
Patrick W. Galbraith
photos by Androniki Christodoulou

A fascinating new book featuring an insider's look at Japan's otaku ("nerd or über-fan") collector subculture, and a snapshot of how otaku continue to shape a global cultural consciousness.
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Where We Know Where We Know: New Orleans as Home
Edited by Dave Rutledge and Bruce Rutledge

Five years later, New Orleans is still striving to recover. Where We Know: New Orleans as Home contains voices of people who stayed on to rebuild and those who no longer think of New Orleans as home. Store >
Shiro Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes From a Sushi Pioneer
Shiro Kashiba
photography by Ann Norton

Follow Shiro Kashiba's rise from Ginza apprentice to the godfather of Seattle's sushi scene. More info > Store >
Buddy Zooka Buddy Zooka In The French Quarter And Beyond
Tracey Tangerine

Buddy Zooka brings the French Quarter to life like no one since Ignatius Reilly. The novel is at turns zany and contemplative, and the lesson learned is a profound one that resonates in New Orleans and elsewhere. Store >
Oh! Oh! A Mystery of "Mono no Aware"
Todd Shimoda
art by L.J.C. Shimoda

A masterful tale of an emotionally deadened Japanese American caught up in a mystery of suicide cults, underground poetry societies and a quest to understand the ancient Japanese concept of mono no aware.   Store >   More info >
Do You Know Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Edited by Dave Rutledge

This beautiful anthology, structured like a jazz funeral, was published just before the first Mardi Gras after the levees broke. A collection of authors, artists, and historians capture the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. Store >
Big in Japan Big in Japan: A Ghost Story
M. Thomas Gammarino

Progressive rocker Brain Tedesco falls hopelessly in love with a Japanese sex worker and painfully, hilariously comes of age. Compassionate and ruthless, erotic and grotesque, riotously serious and deadly funny, M. Thomas Gammarino's debut is a sparkling, gut-wrenching, face-melting novel. Store >
Last of the Red Hot Poppas Last of the Red Hot Poppas
Jason Berry

Investigative journalist and New Orleans native Jason Berry's novel unravels the mysterious death of Governor Rex LaSalle. Travel through a corrupt yet vibrant political culture and lurk beneath the intrigue of the lasting damage caused by gulf coast oil brokers. Store >
Goodbye Madam Butterfly Goodbye Madame Butterfly
Sumie Kawakami

Sumie Kawakami's engaging interviews and in-depth reporting take us into a world where fortune tellers serve as counselors, where a female executive who turns tricks by night is seen as a heroine and where the hot blood of newlyweds quickly grows cold. Store >
 
Kuhaku Kuhaku and Other Accounts From Japan
Edited by Bruce Rutledge

Kuhaku is a love letter, a diary entry, a travelogue, and a late-night rant all rolled into one gorgeous cloth-bound, foil-stamped anthology of essays and art. Features Roland Kelts, kozyndan, Sumie Kawakami and the infamous "canned coffee" reviews. Store >
Home, Away Americana Fiction
Home, Away
Jeff Gillenkirk

How much is a father's love worth? Jason Thibodeaux has a $42 million contract to pitch for the Colorado Rockies and a romantic bachelor lifestyle when the son he lost in a searing custody battle reappears in his life.   Store >   More info >
Curing Japan's America Addiction Curing Japan's America Addiction
Minoru Morita

One of the most oft-quoted political pundits in Japan, Morita predicts the downfall of the LDP in this blistering critique of US-Japan ties during the Koizumi-Bush era. He urges Japan to say "No!" to its unhealthy relationship with the US in this hard-hitting expose. Store >