Fiction and Non-Fiction for Adults

March 25, 2014

Under A Reader’s Library tab above, a few of the books I recommend describe the experiences of Japanese Canadian and Japanese American families during years of internment by their respective governments.  Several of those stories are told from the first person point of view of the author as child protagonist, thus drawing the reader into an emotional understanding of the tragic events that occurred shortly after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.  The following novels are considered “adult reading”, but many of them are appropriate for teens, as well. I will be adding to the list as new publications reach the market.

The Electrical Field by Kerri Sakamoto. (Toronto: Vintage Canada ; 1st Vintage Canada ed., 1998.)

Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa (Half Moon Bay, B.C.: Caitlin Press Inc. ;  c2016)

Itsuka by Joy Kogawa. (Toronto: Penguin Books Canada ; rev. ed., 1993.)

Obasan by Joy Kogawa.  (Toronto: Lester and Orpen Dennys ; c1981.)

Requiem by Frances Itani. (Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers ; 1st ed., c2011.)

 

Japanese American Internment:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. (Ballantine Books ; pbk. ed., c2009.)

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. (New York: Harcourt, Brace, c1994.)

After the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahara. (Toronto : Dundurn, c2017.)

 

Books on Other Topics by Authors of Asian Heritage:

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. (New York: Penguin, c2013.)

The Samurai’s Garden: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama. (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, c1994.)

The Language of Threads: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama. (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, c1999.)

The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake (Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada ; c2016)

 

Poetry

A Garden of Anchors : selected poems / Joy Kogawa (Oakville, ON : Mosaic Press, c2003.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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