Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me by Lisa Fineberg Cook

Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of MeI was initially reluctant to read this book just from the title. I decided to take a chance with the book because I was under the impression that the basic theme of this memoir was "shallow fish out of water learns about a different culture." What I ended up reading instead was, "woman fails to even try to understand the culture she's submerged in, while making fool of herself."

If this book had been a novel instead of a memoir, I think I would not have been able to bull my way through it. The memoirist paints herself as the exact kind of person I find most annoying, arrogant, shallow and snobby.