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Review: Men Without Women (Stories)

Men Without Women

Men Without Women
By Haruki Murakami, Translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen
Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780451494627, May 9, 2017, 240pp.

The Short of It:

A collection of stories that embody everything you love about Murakami.

The Rest of It:

Murakami’s new book came out in Japan not long ago but those of us in the US must wait for the translation before we can eagerly dive in.  Somehow, the Murakami Gods heard our cries and delivered to us a “new” story collection to tide us over.

However, it’s not all new.

One story in particular, which also happened to be my favorite, previously appeared in The New Yorker. As I was reading Scheherazade,  it was vaguely familiar to me but you know what, it really didn’t matter that I had read it before because every time I pick up Murakami’s work, there’s always something new to discover.

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a bookstore and there is a finely curated shelf full of recommendations? That’s how I feel about this collection. I don’t know how much input he actually had in putting these stories together, but they all complement one another and include everything you love about Murakami. The angst, the food talk, the weird little quirks and it was just good to get this little taste of Murakami before the big release of his new book. This collection centers on men and their relationships with women. Some of the stories are more complex than others but all of them leave you pondering relationships in general.

Murakami is what I recommend any time someone says they are in a reading rut and I think many of you have read some of his books based on my eternal gushing. BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T,  you must. I can’t accurately describe the feeling I get when I read one of his books but there’s this sense of one-ness that comes over me and suddenly nothing matters but the story in front of me.

Read this collection and then read Killing Commendatore when it comes out. No details on the US release as of yet.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Sunday Matters: A Day for Moms

Sunday Matters

To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are ridiculously spoiled today.

Right Now:

Coffee. Church. Driving. The Ocean. Food. Books. More ocean. Possibly more food. That is the plan for today but my daughter’s bus was in an accident last night on her way back from a choir festival at Disneyland. They are all fine but other cars were involved and she didn’t get home until very late so the plans might change. Thank God they weren’t hurt!

This Week:

Pretty much the same old stuff going on. My daughter is rehearsing for two shows which is a bit of an adjustment. My son is wrapping up the semester and managed to snag an internship with the city working in the Arts & Events division so he’s pretty happy about that.

Me? Nothing much to report. The weather is all over the place but it’s got me thinking about Christmas which means I’ve clearly lost my mind.

Oh, and the gophers are still a problem. Now that the grass is growing, we have lots of rabbits that are helping the gophers destroy it. We always had rabbits but when the grass died they went elsewhere. Now they are back. The Otter Pup watches them eat the grass all day long and is so bent out of shape by the time we get home.


On Instagram I see gorgeously styled photos including books and food or books and a cocktail and I think, “Wow. I want to read that book” even though I have dozens of my own to read. Some are highly anticipated and yet, the book that someone else is reading always sounds better. FOMO (fear of missing out) is a real thing and I experience it daily when it comes to books.

So, what am I reading? The Thirst by Jo Nesbø and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.


We did manage to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and I thought it was equal to if not better than the first movie. This one had more heart, in my opinion.


I made breakfast for dinner one night but we were out literally every other night so I must admit that there were a few cereal nights and that was in addition to the waffle and bacon night so breakfast foods won out this past week. Today, I just plan to eat. No cooking and hopefully not grocery shopping.

Grateful for:

I’m a little sad today because I can’t help but think of my own mom which of course reminds me of everything else but I am glad to be hitting the road and not thinking about any of it, at least for a little while. Also very glad that my daughter and her friends were not hurt in that accident.

And for those of you not celebrating today, stay inside and watch a movie because the crowds are out in full force.