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

Title:Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages

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

  • Eveline Chao
    Dec 07, 2011

    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...

  • Audrey
    Oct 27, 2009

    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...

  • Catherine
    Dec 13, 2009

    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...

  • Jenna
    Jul 06, 2010

    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...

  • Kate
    Dec 22, 2009

    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...

  • Lorna Collins
    May 18, 2010

    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...

  • Susan Tomi
    Jun 29, 2011

    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...

  • Haley Mathiot
    Oct 22, 2009

    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...

  • Erika
    Dec 30, 2013

    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...

  • Gaby
    Oct 26, 2009

    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...