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Julie Otsuka--"Whites" (Harper's, August 2011)

SOUNDTRACK: TYLER CHILDERS-Tiny Desk Concert #729 (April 11, 2018).

I didn’t expect to like this set–I’ve really had it with country music encroaching on my radio station.  520 more words


When the Emperor Was Divine

So go ahead and lock me up. Take my children. Take my wife. Freeze my assets. Seize my crops. Search my office. Ransack my house. Cancel my insurance. 101 more words

Week 51 - 2017

I’m determined to finish 2017 (and fix my NetGalley percentage). Week 51 covers December 18 – 24. We’re almost at the end. As always, your feedback is appreciated. 490 more words

What I Read

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