Our next book discussion will meet Thursday, December 6 at 7:15 p.m. in the Children’s Programming Room. Elise Barack will lead a discussion of The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka.
The Buddha in the Attic offers the reader an array of stories about the Japanese ”picture brides”; women who sailed to California in the early 20th century, seeking to escape the drudgery of their isolated farming communities in exchange for the promise of a comfortable, happy life. In hauntingly beautiful language she employs rich imagery and a choral-like narrative marked by the recurring phrases “one of us” and “some of us”. She recounts the brides' hopes, disappointments, hard work, and courage, pulling us into another time and place. The reader finds it easy to emphasize with these unnamed women as they adjust to American culture in San Francisco.
For more information about the book and the author click on a link below:
- An interview with the author in Psychology Today ,
- A Newsweek article on Otsuka's family’s wartime internment in Utah .
The Buddha in the Attic is available at the library in print, audio, e-book and e-audiobook formats.
Please join us.