May 27, 2007
The Secrets of Mariko - Elizabeth Bumiller
The author spent a year interviewing a family in Japan and this is her account. I thought the chance to peek into the life of a family in a whole different culture was fascinating. I would be curious to see if her findings of the differences and similarities hold up today, as this book is about 15 years old now. Her style was conversational and easy to read. She was frank about the limitations of her interviewing, but she was able to get her subjects to be open with her. I enjoyed this a lot, and will be looking for more of her work.