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Reading Julie Otsuka.

So I’ve recently read both of Julie Otsuka’s novels and I’ve fallen in love. She’s brilliant!

I actually began with her newer novel, “The Buddha in the Attic”, which I would highly recommend starting with, because it basically tells the background story of her debut novel, “When the Emperor Was Divine”. 334 more words


When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Before the war, they had names. Identities. They had neighbors, friends, teachers, classmates.  But as soon as Japan rained bombs down on Pearl Harbor, everything about these people was stripped away. 485 more words

Book Review

Finish #26 - When the Emperor Was Divine

Here’s a great photo from this week! The sun was shining, the windows had just been washed (Oh, joy! To finally be able to look through clean glass not covered with the grime of winter!), a nice breeze was flowing into the house, and two kitties were enjoying the view. 353 more words


Monthly Bookshelf: March 2016 (Part I)

Be warmly welcomed to a regular category I’m really looking forward too: roundups of ALL the books I’ve read in a month, including a short info and review for every single one. 710 more words


The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

“This is America, we would say to ourselves, there is no need to worry. And we would be wrong.”

The Buddha in the Attic is a small book, but man does it pack a punch. 478 more words

Book Review

The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic has so far been my favorite book from my Asian American studies course. It’s the story of a group of Japanese picture brides coming to America for the first time, who largely face a life of disillusionment. 1,230 more words

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When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka


On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family’s possessions.

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