It's astonishingly wonderful. I love this book.
It's about spending years creating a dictionary, but it's really about the importance of having something of overarching importance in your life. It begins as Kohei Araki, of the Dictionary Editorial Department at Gembu Books, is about to retire and is looking for someone to replace him. That person is Mitsuya Majime, a bit of a misfit in the sales department, but perfect in the DED.
There's so much here, too, about the importance of words, of the right nuance. And Majime writes the most *gorgeous* love letter to the woman he will marry (and she has her own passion - she's a chef), with lots of Chinese poetry. ("If I had a poetic turn of mind, here I would offer you a poem of my own making, but in the sadness of mediocrity I can only gaze sighing at the radiant moon. Let me instead borrow the celebrated words of an ancient poet . . ."
I am now onto something a bit more mundane, Sue Grafton's latest, "Y is for Yesterday".
My non-fiction is "Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College", by Katherine Reynolds Chaddock. Greener was also the father of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian, who was the subject of an excellent book by Heidi Ardizzone, "An Illuminated Life": http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/---/illuminated-life.html