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No-No Boy by John Okada - The Wolfsonian Book Club Selection Friday, September 7, 2012 from 7-8:30pm

No-no boy. [John Okada] -- In the aftermath of World War II, Ichiro, a Japanese American, returns home to Seattle to make a new start after two years in an internment camp and two years in prison for refusing to be drafted.

Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin. "Griffin was a white native of Dallas, Texas and the book describes his six-week experience travelling on Greyhound buses (occasionally hitchhiking) throughout the racially segregated states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia passing as a black man."

John Howard Griffin ~ Black Like Me ----->''One of the deepest, most penetrating documents yet set down on the racial question.

If you like suspense novels and/or if you are a parent, you can't miss this one.  The tale of a DA who gives up his job in order to defend his teenaged son against murder charges, this is a chilling page-turner that really makes you think hard about the parent/child relationship.

Defending Jacob: A Novel [Hardcover]

1942 Headlines by Dorothea Lange (LOC) by pingnews.com, via Flickr

Headlines of San Francisco Examiner with details of Japanese relocation, San Francisco, California, 26 Feb 1942 (US National Archives) - those horrible internment camps

Stargirl (Readers Circle). VERY good book! Enjoyed every minute of it & wished I could go back 15 yrs to my high school days and do things differently. You GO, Stargirl!

This book helped becoming the weird kid so much better.

Learn Japanese Numbers 1 to 20 - YouTube  Super catchy. Gonna have to take a rain check on the pronunciation though...

Japanese: Learn Japanese Numbers 1 to 20

Absolute must read its amazing what people can go through and survive!!! One of my favorite books of all time!!!

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics Series). Want to read.

using songs to learn japanese

Using Kid’s Songs to Learn Japanese

Struggling to understand Japanese songs no matter how much you study? Maybe you should switch it up and try kid's songs instead! Slow, basic, and made to teach Japanese already.

nerds of a feather, flock together: Microreview [book]: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick - The Wolfsonian Book Club Selection Friday, October 2012 from

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah. Shopswell | Shopping smarter together.™

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

“The Nightingale,” Kristin Hannah: After reading “Unbroken” last month, we can’t stop reading about World War II. This fictitious story is topping our list—as longtime fans of Hannah’s women-centric novels, we’re excited to read her latest!

A fictionalized account of the experiences of five children who were sent to an aboriginal boarding school at Kuper Island in the mid-twentieth century

No Time to Say Goodbye: Children's Stories of Kuper Island Residential School Fic Ols

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston

Excellent memoir of a young girl in a Japanese American internment camp in A part of history that America likes to ignore.

On the anniversary of the roundup of Jews by the French police in Paris, Julia is asked to write an article on this dark episode and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

“History is often taught by the victor, however, in this fictional illustration of colonization in Africa, Achebe highlights what it means to be colonized, to have your identity stifled and your culture reduced and neglected, to be the colonized.” ~Jessica

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. African literature at it's best. Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria.

The Whistleblower

Booktopia has The Whistleblower, Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice by Kathryn Bolkovac. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Whistleblower online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

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