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Janice Nimura: Janice Nimura

Researcher and nonfiction author.


Janice Nimura


May 2015


Janice Nimura
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Born and raised in New York City, Janice P. Nimura graduated from Yale and received a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Columbia. During a three-year sojourn in Tokyo, she worked as an editor and journalist, studied Japanese, and became comfortable in her new role as the foreign daughter-in-law of a Japanese family. She is a book critic and essayist, contributing to publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Newsday. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.


On Daughters of the Samurai:

"Through her fascinating tapestry of history and biography, New York scholar Nimura weaves the strange, vibrant tale of an insular nation coming to terms with currents of modernism …. an extraordinary, elegantly told story."
—Kirkus Reviews, ***Starred Review***

"Through the sensitive weaving of correspondence and archival papers, Nimura produces a story of real-life heroines in this masterful biography….a testimonial to their collective strength and determination."
—Publishers Weekly

"Nimura brings the girls and their late nineteenth-century exploits to life in a narrative that feels like an international variation on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, so very appealing and delightful are their historic stories."
—Booklist, ***Starred Review***

"Exquisite….a captivating read for biography lovers, readers interested in America’s Gilded Age or late Meiji Japan, and fans of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha."
—Library Journal, ***Starred Review***

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