I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Japan Took The J.A.P. Out Of Me by Lisa Fineberg Cook
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2009-10-20
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Women
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Six days after an InStyle-worthy wedding in Los Angeles, Lisa Fineberg Cook left behind her little red Jetta, her manicurist of ten years, and her very best friend for the land of the rising sun. When her husband accepted a job teaching English in Nagoya, Japan, she imagined exotic weekend getaways, fine sushi dinners, and sake sojourns with glamorous expatriate friends. Instead, she's the only Jewish girl on public transportation, and everyone is staring. Lisa longs for regular mani/pedis, valet parking, and gimlets with her girlfriends, but for the next year, she learns to cook, clean, commute, and shop like the Japanese, all the while adjusting to another foreign concept -- marriage. Loneliness and frustration give way to new and unexpected friendships, the evolution of old ones, and a fresh understanding of what it means to feel different -- until finally a world she never thought she'd fit into begins to feel home-like, if not exactly like home.
Japan Took The JAP Out of Me By Lisa Fineberg Cook is a memoir about a woman who lives in Japan for a year. She’s a stereotypical Jewish American Princess, which is definitely not a bad thing, but it makes for some funny culture show moments.
I thought Lisa was intriguing, in America, she’s a social studies teacher which is definitely a plus. I felt she was honest, she didn’t shy away from saying things which may be politically incorrect, she was upfront about sex, and upfront about her discomfort with living somewhere foreign. I value that sort of honesty in a memoir-writer, especially since many memoirs I come across the author seems to be wearing rose-tinted glasses when it comes to self-reflection and examination. I definitely thought it was interesting to walk a mile in Lisa’s shoes.
My favorite part of Japan Took The JAP Out Of Me is when Lisa goes out to the bar with her new Japanese friend, it was SO funny. I also enjoyed the parts where she wrote about her relationship with her husband Peter, who seems quite adorable.
If you are squeamish about sex, don’t read Japan Took The JAP Out Of Me by Lisa Fineberg Cook, as Cook is rather frank about what is going on in her bed.
Overall, Japan Took The JAP Out Of Me by Lisa Fineberg Cook is a fascinating, well-written read for anyone who is interested in travel and living in another culture. While reading this book, I recommend you do some sake bombs to get you in the spirit!