SBP Blog

The Pacific Rim Review of Books reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Maryse Cardin of The Pacific Rim Review of Books does a deep dive into Tracy Franz's year of zen memoir, My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More

Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

Easy and Fun Katakana

Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Oh, Tama!

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

japanese donald keene japanese culture kansuke naka verticle japan travel the buddhist swastika kyodo news buddhism how to order in japan nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara astro boy journal of a zen monks wife in japan gratitude in japan Travel japanese bath interfaith memoir writing pacific rim review of books 2020 Olympics monk author tour how to travel in japan japanese etiquette kyoto memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist japan custom writing Japanese aesthetics traditional japanese instrument expat review 2019 asia damian flanagan kinokuniya event Chiune Sugihara monks wife amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan min kahng dark horse Korea photography buddhist symbols ex pat literature tricycle magazine Olympics podcast will eisner diymfa comics the silver spoon memior new york events tracy franz classic book talk danica davidson AAS musical t.k. nakagaki what do in japan seppuku amy chavez green tea tk nakagaki World War Two politics and prose travel to japan japanese cutlure center of east asian studies book blurb jun hazuki a mejiro novel walt disney washington dc manners black jack the millions Basho comic history Coming of Age Day performance giajin Children's Literature dazai leonard koren Interview Basho's Narrow Road polite non-fiction anime japan guide a memoir tourist China holocaust why we write podcast haibun UCLA finalist state of belief zazen journal of a zen monk's wife Christianity how to foreigner in japan 1960's Japan japan food Art/Design WWII illustration jing liu nara Spirituality hate haiku Spring Festival 1960s Korea Poetry author signing huffpost osaka journal living in japan hitlers cross bowing in japan the hidden writer suicide japan today janet pocorbba japan book koun shamisen performance buddhist priest japanese customs traditional pottery otakuusa ibpa publishing university publicity understandind china through comics literature Christianity in Japan japanese classic journal' monks wife swastika Culture eating in japan a shameful life hippocampus magazine Language japanese craft frederik schodt Chinese culture university of chicago monk wife wife author oh tama ningen shikkaku hiroaki sato Nikolas Bunton no longer human japanese book etiquette bookstore VIZ Chinese Astrology zen internment behavior japanese travel Japanese art student teacher buddhist swastika event photography literary prize world literature today visitor nazi Korea stone bridge cafe mieko kanai osamu dazai stone bridge press the japan society suehiro maruo Alexandra Johnson juddhism gaijinpot takuma sminkey hitler the japan times alan moore gaijin japan restaurant in the woods of memory publishing IBPA diy mfa the asian review of books yukio mishima the fourth string books zen monk in japan michael emmerich reviews welton gaddy learning shamisen book reviews buddhist chinese comics History announcement manga biography gaijin pot Shoah manji Chinese history classic japanese literature japanese books in english japanese translation janet pocorobba ancient symbol japan culture disney book award japanese music huffington post Translation china history rachel manley Second World War Tokyo Olympics japan memoir fred schodt ritual book signing paul mccarthy tea garden book tour traditional japanese instrumenet new york graphic novels book tea lions roar forewrod reviews indies Asian Studies koto fantasy literature japan behavior four immigrants a memoir of sensei and me japan books Okinawan literature japan etiquette learning in japan japan vacation new books The Colorado Review Japanese literature miswest book review Japan alan brill hooked cross osamu tezuka american shamisen sensei frank beyer the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me Year of the Dog gallery awa World War II catcher in the rye shaimsen tomoko aoyama best behavior in japan sensei and me Japanese holidays brad hawley tokyo Children's Books book reading astrology religion drinking in japan matcha purification shamisen awards manga journal of a zen monk japan trip zen monk book hoarding PEN AWARD poetry of consciousness literary review japan book review japanese instrument asian review of books Anime/Manga/Comics blurb benjamin franklin awards author event travel Japan Chinese New Year ancient symbols japanese instruments eastern and western philosophy foreword reviews benjamin franklin award japanese books holden caufield shun medoruma janet pocrobba guide japanese drunk mark gibeau book review evil henry kiyama memoir jared cook japanese people year of zen amys guide to best behavior in japan peace award lesley university diary william f sibley zen monk wife book publicity new release my year of dirt and water foreword indies Ukiyo-e