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Hirahara, Naomi 1962-

Overview
Works: 38 works in 138 publications in 4 languages and 5,685 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Juvenile works  Young adult works  Domestic fiction  Biography  Baseball stories  Comic books, strips, etc  Comics (Graphic works)  Graphic novels 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PS3608.I76, 813.6
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Naomi Hirahara
1001 cranes by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With her parents on the verge of separating, a devastated twelve-year-old Japanese American girl spends the summer in Los Angeles with her grandparents, where she folds paper cranes into wedding displays, becomes involved with a young skateboarder, and learns how complicated relationships can be
Summer of the big bachi by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and French and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in modern L.A., this novel of moral and spiritual reckoning finds a Japanese American who survived the horrors of Hiroshima forced to relive the nightmare when a stranger shows up looking for him
Blood hina by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fourth installment of Naomi Hirahara's highly acclaimed "Mas Arai" mystery series, Mas' best friend Haruo is getting married and Mas has grudgingly agreed to serve as best man. But then an ancient Japanese doll display of Haruo's fiancee goes missing, and the wedding is called off with fingers pointed at Haruo. To clear his friend's name, Mas must first uncover a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder
Gasa-gasa girl by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between a father and daughter, between one culture and another, an astonishing mystery starts to unfold ... For years, Mas Arai's resentful daughter has lived a continent away in New York City, and had a life he knew little about. But an anxious phone call from Mari asking for his help plunges the usually obstinate Mas into a series of startling situations, from maneuvering in an unfamiliar city to making nice with his son-in-law to taking care of a sickly child ... to finding a dead body in the rubble of a former koi pond."--Back cover
Snakeskin shamisen by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features "Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler. Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 win -- from a novelty slot machine! -- he's torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes are quickly raised when the winner, a friend of Mas's pal G.I. Hasuike, is found stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone else's business, but at G.I.'s prodding he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crime and suddenly finds himself caught up in a dark mystery that reaches from the islands of Okinawa to the streets of L.A. a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder"--Publisher description
Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bike cop Ellie Rush dreams of becoming a homicide detective, but it's still a shock when the first dead body she encounters on the job is that of a former college classmate. At the behest of her Aunt Cheryl, the highest-ranking Asian-American officer in the LAPD (a source of pride for Ellie's grandmother, but annoyance to her mom), Ellie becomes tangled in the investigation of the coed's murder--with equal parts help and hindrance from her nosy best friend, her over-involved ex-boyfriend, a smoldering detective, and seemingly everyone else in her extended family ... only to uncover secrets that a killer may go to any lengths to ensure stay hidden."--Back cover
Strawberry yellow by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strawberry Yellow is set in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California, where young Mas first arrived from Hiroshima in the 1940s. Now a retired gardener who lives in an L.A. suburb, he returns for the funeral of a cousin and quickly gets entangled in the murder of a young woman. Was his cousin murdered, too? Mas has to figure out what happened, keep himself safe in the face of considerable peril, and uncover the mystery of the Strawberry Yellow blight -- and a new strawberry varietal so important that it could be inspiring a murderer
Grave on Grand Avenue by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patroling one of Los Angeles's premier concert halls. A few minutes later she's shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese classical musician superstar, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son's multi-million dollar cello, a story Ellie has trouble believing. Meanwhile, Ellie has issues of her own to deal with, like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Buick Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it's clear to Ellie that she must act quickly before someone else falls silent" --
Sayonara slam by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At Dodger Stadium it's Japan vs. Korea in the World Baseball Classic, but before the first pitch is thrown, Mas Arai finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mysteries layer atop mysteries in this sixth in the award-winning series featuring the most unlikely of sleuths-- an aging, widowed, not-exactly-communicative gardener from Altadena, California. Who is that unusual woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? And what were in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter's computer-- and did they hold secrets that led to his death? The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerous-- including the danger of losing the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves." --
Distinguished Asian American business leaders by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hiroshima boy by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"LA gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend's ashes to a relative on the tiny offshore island of Ino, only to become embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age Mas was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945. The boy's death affects the elderly, often-curmudgeonly, always-reluctant sleuth, who cannot return home to Los Angeles until he finds a way to see justice served." --
Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stan Sakai's samurai masterpiece returns in full force! In this volume, Miyamoto Usagi joins forces with a thief and a samurai to thwart a black market Ginseng trade; meets a fellow ronin who lost his arm in a duel, yet still has a trick up his sleeve; helps a tirelessly loyal samurai protect a priceless treasure; comes sword-to-sword with a brash European envoy; and escorts a bride-to-be to her fiancé, only to uncover a matrimonial assassination plot!"--
Life after Manzanar by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lindquist, and Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara comes a nuanced account of the "Resettlement": the relatively unexamined period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody. Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver and Chicago to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs. Hirahara and Lindquist weave new and archival oral histories into an engaging narrative that illuminates the lives of former internees in the postwar era, both in struggle and unlikely triumph. Readers will appreciate the painstaking efforts that rebuilding required, and will feel inspired by the activism that led to redress and restitution--and that built a community that even now speaks out against other racist agendas"--
Greenmakers = Gurīn mēkāzu : Japanese American gardeners in Southern California( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American son : the story of George Aratani : founder of Mikasa and Kenwood by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sayonara slam by Naomi Hirahara( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Hirahara has a keen eye for the telling detail and an assured sense of character."--Los Angeles Times At Dodger Stadium it's Japan vs. Korea in the World Baseball Classic, but before the first pitch is thrown, Mas Arai finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mysteries layer atop mysteries in this sixth in the award-winning series featuring the most unlikely of sleuths, an aging, widowed, not-exactly-communicative gardener from Altadena, California. Who is that unusual woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? And what were in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter's computer-and did they hold secrets that led to his death? The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerous-including the danger of losing the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves. "What makes this series unique is its flawed and honorable protagonist. A fascinating insight into a complex and admirable man."--Booklist (starred review) "--
Silent scars of healing hands : oral histories of Japanese American doctors in World War II detention camps by Naomi Hirahara( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A taste for strawberries : the independent journey of Nisei farmer Manabi Hirasaki by Manabi Hirasaki( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hiroshima boy : a Mas Arai mystery by Naomi Hirahara( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the seventh and final of the award-winning Mas Arai series, retired L.A. gardener Mas returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend's ashes to a relative on a small island, only to be embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age as Mas when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945"--
About love by Zhiyan Yi( Visual )

in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the portrayal of a young Asian American woman who suffers from an abusive marriage, this video discusses issues such as the victim's legal options, the cycle of abuse, emotional and financial difficulties after leaving the husband, the danger that the abusive husband may resort to further violence, and society's attitude towards spouse abuse
 
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1001 cranes
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Summer of the big bachiBlood hinaGasa-gasa girlSnakeskin shamisenDistinguished Asian American business leaders
Alternative Names
Hirahara, Naomi

Naomi Hirahara, 1962-

Naomi Hirahara American writer

Naomi Hirahara Amerikaans schrijfster

부영화자

ナオミ・ヒラハラ

ヒラハラ, ナオミ

Languages
English (93)

French (11)

Japanese (4)

Korean (1)