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Publisher's Summary

Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These essays burrow into the unique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants.

Based on Pronko's 18 years living, teaching, and writing in Tokyo, these essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat, and sleep are steeped in insights into the city's odd structures, intricate pleasures, and engaging undertow.

Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo's dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake. This collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in the biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.

Awards for Motions and Moments:

  • Gold Award Readers’ Favorite Non-Fiction Cultural
  • Gold Award Global E-Book Awards Travel Writing
  • Gold Award Non-Fiction Author’s Association
  • Gold Honoree Independent Book Publishers Association
  • Winner Best Indie Book Award Non-Fiction
  • Silver Medal 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Best Adult Non-Fiction
  • Indie Groundbreaking Book by Independent Publisher Book Review
  • Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards
  • Finalist Foreword's Indiefab Book of the Year Awards
  • Finalist Travel: Guides & Essays 2016 International Book Awards
  • Finalist Travel Independent Author Network
  • Semi-Finalist Kindle Book Review Awards
©2015 Michael Pronko (P)2016 Michael Pronko

Critic Reviews

"It captures the nuances Westerners find puzzling about Japan and translates them into digestible, vivid insights." (Midwest Book Review)
"Pronko is an insightful author capable of seeing a deeper beauty in everything he writes." (Self-Publishing Review)
"Motions and Moments is a terrific series of essays that captures the essence and allure of Tokyo with a lot of heart.” (Feathered Quill Book Reviews)

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  • 01-12-17

Interesting look at life in Tokyo

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This was a very interesting look at life in Tokyo by someone who knows. I felt like I really knew what it would be like to be there and made me want to go. I loved it. I would read more from this author.<br/><br/>This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

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Great insight and look into Tokyo

What did you love best about Motions and Moments?

The narration and visuals spoken of captured the essence of Tokyo.

Any additional comments?

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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see Tokyo from a human angle

Would you consider the audio edition of Motions and Moments to be better than the print version?

I think the voice of the reader is very pleasant and help to feel close to the young English professor

What about Marcio Catalano’s performance did you like?

nice warm voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no. I like to listen to a few stories at a time and then let the atmosphere sink in

Any additional comments?

made me buy a ticket to Tokyo. Tokyo here I come on April 12th

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Entertainingly Informative

I very rarely listen to this type of book, preferring fiction but this was given to me so I turned it on and was transported to Japan. I loved hearing all of these short stories and really felt entertained as well as gaining some knowledge. It was excellent.

The narrator was great as well. The tone and inflection in his voice kept my attention and kept me involved in the stories.

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Great essays!

I live in a rural area and have no knowledge of Japan other than general knowledge. I found this book to be very informative and enjoyable. I love the way the author expressed himself, making it feel as though I were there.

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OK if you are going to Tokyo.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More personal stories from Tokyo residents.

Has Motions and Moments turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, too dry.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Marcio Catalano?

Yes, good diction and cadence.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

"I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.”

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