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Page Turners highlights books by Hawaii authors and books about Hawaii or of interest to Hawaii readers. Read More

Memoir recalls crisis, healing

“Dancing was freedom,” recalls Valerie Carpenter in her memoir co-authored with Mark Osmun, a former Honolulu Advertiser reporter and Carpenter’s Langley High School classmate in Virginia. Read More

A family divided by World War II

In the jungle of New Guinea during the World War II, American soldier Harry Fukuhara meets Japanese Imperial soldier Shigeru Matsuura, a bully who had attacked him when they were teenagers. “Against all odds,” Pamela Rotner Sakamoto writes, “he had come face-to-face with an enemy he knew. He knew now what he hadn’t wanted to admit. ‘There was the chance that I might run across someone else. A friend or relative or even a brother.’” Read More

Captivating volume follows true tale of isle volcanologist

Geologist and science writer John Dvorak has a talent for marrying scholarship with storytelling. His new book, “The Last Volcano,” which follows his well-received “Earthquake Storms.” Read More

Author Manguso explores changes that parenthood caused in her life

Manguso’s searching little book about the amazingness of common human experience is the memoir for those who thought they hated memoirs. Read More

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