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The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka is the poignant and incredibly heart wrenching account of Japanese mail-order brides in America in the post World War I era. 752 more words


A Brief Review of Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine

This is one of those “quietly good” books I keep meaning to read more of. Though only 144 pages long, it tells a complex story from five distinct points of view: one chapter each from the third-person perspective of a mother, her daughter, and her son; an odd first-person plural chapter told by the combined consciousness of the two children, and a very short final chapter in the first-person voice of the children’s father. 539 more words

Fiction - General


I am an immigrant, born in Italy but living in the UK since 2009. My mother is also an immigrant (US to Italy), as were my maternal grandparents (Italy to US), and both my maternal great-grandfathers (also Italy to US). 1,256 more words


Welp, it's definitely not Monday, but I still read some things

This was a good weekend. I went to a wedding, which…I love weddings. I don’t ever want to have a wedding (at least not in the traditional sense), but they are a delight. 818 more words

Young Adult Lit

The Buddha in the Attic: A Review

I bought this book from a used bookstore for $4.99 after eyeing it for several weeks. I noticed the cover right away– a person clad in a traditional Japanese kimono, holding a parasol. 640 more words

Book Reviews

A post of two Otsukas

When the emperor was divine  is the second of Otsuka’s books that I’ve read and I’ll start out by saying that I prefer The Buddha in the attic… 198 more words