Shizuko's DaughterShizuko’s Daughter by Kyoko Mori

I gave this 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads

I’m really not sure how to review this book. Everything I write sounds trite. I loved it, and it’s a wonderful story about families in the evolving cultural landscape of Japan. It’s also about being an outsider, being a little different, in a world that doesn’t seem to have a lot of room for that kind of thing, but it has more room than you would expect. It’s about complicated families. It’s a YA novel but it doesn’t feel like one.

Yarn: Remembering the Way HomeYarn: Remembering the Way Home by Kyoko Mori

I gave this book 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads

Absolutely one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Mori effortlessly navigates through so much subject matter you’re left wondering how it’s possible you never felt overwhelmed, lost, or disjointed. She talks about ordinary struggles with place, identity, career, relationships, family, fiber arts, and life in a way that is accessible and lovable by all of us with similarly regular lives. She makes that which is ordinary seem extraordinary, and that which is extraordinary seem understandable to folks without that experience. The most delightful part of her style is that she does not lead or preach. So many memoirs nudge you in a way you’re supposed to feel or give a conclusion. She doesn’t. She just tells it like it is. She tells you what she thinks of any particular situation and how you feel about it is your own. I will be reading everything she’s written now.