Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds worked at Mother Jones magazine for thirty-two years, mainly in the role of communications director, and retired in 2010. In addition to his work at the magazine, he is a professional French horn player and has written numerous articles on music, food, and coffee.

His writing has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Gourmet, Saveur, Gastronomica, Imbibe, Fresh Cup, Salon, and other publications.

Updated October 2011

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Shig Murao: A Samurai Family (1920)

Shigekata Murao is pacing around his room in the most expensive inn in Chiran, the town where he grew up. He has proudly returned home to take a bride. But matters are more complicated than expected.

His older sister has hidden the letters he wrote about his success in Seattle from his family. And while he is respected in the village for having forged his own way, the townspeople are not eager to send their daughters off to America.

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