Staff Picks

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

January 19, 2013

For fans of: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Foe by J.M. Coetzee.

2013 One Book, One Philadelphia selection

In the early 1900s, numerous Japanese mail order brides came to America seeking better lives. Using a collective first-person narrator, Otsuka looks at the experiences of these "picture brides," organizing their stories into themes which include: their arrival in America; their first nights with their husbands; their interactions with white people; their children; and finally, the experience of World War II. Each section is beautifully rendered, a delicate amalgam of contrasting and complementary experiences.

If you haven't read this yet, run, don't walk, to reserve your copy today.  In the coming months, HTFL and the School District of Haverford Township will be offering a variety of programming related to The Buddha in the Attic, including a visit from Ms. Otsuka!  Read more here.

And don't forget all the great programming offered by the Free Library of Philadelphia.  You can find their schedule of events here