Now that the AtoZ Challenge has ended, I’ve had to remember what I normally write about in my blog! While you’ll still see garden posts from time to time, you’ll also find posts about travel, writing, health, genealogy, and who knows what else. Some would call this unfocused, but I prefer the word eclectic.
Anyway, I love sharing books I enjoy. This week, I am covering two from nearby Pacific Northwest writers. Though they are different from each other, both are memoirs, and both are fascinating in their own ways. I also had the privilege of meeting both authors!
First, Sleeping on Potatoes: A Lumpy Adventure from Manzanar to the Corporate Tower, tells of author Carl Nomura’s time in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Though born in the U.S., his harrowing experiences of being treated as an alien enemy in the land of his birth is a must-read. We cannot ignore this uncomfortable period in our history, for the seeds exist in our current politics for this to happen again.
Though some aspects of the book are weak (his description of his children seems more for family benefit and don’t add to the story), Nomura’s journey is extraordinary. Nomura is 93 now and has difficulty seeing and hearing, but he can still tell a great story.
A Long Way from Paris by E.C. Murray will delight those who enjoy such books as Eat, Pray, Love and Wild. Ms. Murray focuses her story on 1980, when she ran away from a bad relationship to herd goats in the south of France. I won’t tell you how that happens, but this is one of those books I couldn’t put down. The more she delves into her French experience, including relationships with her employers and a fellow goatherd, the more I loved it. The goats will win your heart, too. It is funny, touching, sad, and honest, achingly so at times.
How about you? What are you reading these days? Help me add to my “to read” list!