Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me

Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me

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.

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  • This was boring and emotionally shallow, and I found myself speed-skimming through the last half of it. The most standout problems among many were:1. Extremely unlikeable narrator. (She talks about be...

  • I tend to enjoy memoirs, especially when they involve Japan. If I had understood how LITTLE this one actually did involve Japan, I probably wouldn't have read it. I went into the book excited to read...

  • Cook is one of those superficial, selfish, spoiled brats that are so ubiquitous, especially in L.A. She travels to Japan with her newly wedded husband, who accepts a two-year teaching position in Nago...

  • My friend recommended this book to me because I am a newlywed and an expat, although in London, not Nagoya. He thought I'd be amused by the stories about doing laundry, particularly as I often complai...

  • I normally do not read memoirs, but I decided to try this one since it involves the Japanese culture. Generally, I enjoy anything that gives me insight in this culture, and this hilarious novel did ju...

  • Having lived for nearly three years in Japan, I am always curious about how other expats dealt with some of the frustrations we encountered, and also what they enjoyed about their experience. Unfortun...

  • Don't waste your time reading this book. Cook starts out as a selfish, spoiled princess and ends up after her experience in Japan as a selfish spoiled princess. She whines and complains and I could ne...

  • Summary: Lisa and her husband Peter are newlyweds—like, they were married four days ago—and they are moving to Japan. Lisa tells the first year of her life in Japan, and how she goes from a Jewish...

  • I initially picked up this book with enthusiasm. I am American-born and have spent significant time in Japan, so I expected many moments of recognition while reading her escapades in an admittedly ver...

  • Funny and engaging, Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me: The True Story of a Domesticated Princess reads like a mix of chicklit, travelogue, and memoir. The book is arranged chronologically and into the s...

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