Walk through the extraordinarily tumultuous 20th century with Harry. His story recounts the issues so many Americans faced then and now, well into the 21st century: Immigration. Economic deprivation. Lost Love. War. Discrimination at work. The transition from urban to suburban life. A working couple raising a family. His story should resonate with most Americans…. [Read More]
Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the unique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants. Based on Pronko’s 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, these… [Read More]
Writing about Tokyo for over 15 years, essayist and professor Michael Pronko unlocks the doors to Tokyo life. These 48 essays reveal what’s hidden behind the gleaming exteriors and unconcerned faces in the largest, most crowded city in the world. How to sweat politely, survive noise trucks and glance sideways are some of the many… [Read More]
Tokyo–City of Contradictions? Yes and no! The largest city in the world teems with chaotic energy and serene, human-scale beauty. Want to know the real city? Writing about Tokyo for over 15 years, essayist and professor Michael Pronko opens up Tokyo life and reveals what’s beneath the gleaming, puzzling exterior of the biggest city in… [Read More]
Malcolm Tully, the sensitive young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, only wanted an open-mike night, not a spiritual movement. But when his shop hosts a Saturday night discussion group, he finds an audience hungry to learn life’s meaning and ready to pay for it. Seduced by his scheming pastry chef, Carlos, Malcolm… [Read More]
It is 1971 when Ismail and Mary begin dating. Although it appears Ismail is an addict, Mary continues to see him, despite her parents’ objections. Mary’s biggest dream is to marry Ismail and she will do anything to ensure it happens. When Mary becomes pregnant, her parents have no choice but to consent to a… [Read More]
by Renée Paule
A compelling and at times uncomfortable look at the world of Humanity through the eyes of one of its inhabitants. You may find yourself nodding your head in agreement and perhaps shaking it in disagreement. However, what you can’t deny are the truths contained within about the human psychological condition; in other words, our incredible human traits and behaviour.
Unusually, for its genres, this book is illustrated with a little character I designed and call Dilly (which means something or someone remarkable). Dilly is a thought form that thinks and he depicts some of our most endearing (and not so endearing) human traits. Unfortunately, for the time being at least, these illustrations will not be available in my ebooks.
Dilly’s many traits are only available in paperback versions of this book.
by Renée Paule
A straight from the shoulder look at life in which the author asks some awkward questions we might prefer to swat away like an annoying fly. Questions like: Who am I? What is this life about? What is the mind? Why do we resist change? These are the questions we lock away in a tall… [Read More]