Otsuka – The Buddha in the Attic

Otsuka, Julie, (2011). The Buddha in the Attic. New York: Random/Anchor. This short (129 page) prose-poem addresses the lives of Japanese women who came to San Francisco in the early 1900’s as mail-order brides for Japanese laborers already there. The … Continue reading

Carey – Parrot and Olivier in America

A Light Romp Through Early America Carey, Peter. (2010) Parrot and Olivier In America. New York: Knopf. Alexis de Tocqueville was a French aristocrat, philosopher and historian shortly after the French revolution, in the 1830’s. He hated the Bourbon king who … Continue reading