Book Review and Blog Tour: Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me by Lisa Fineberg Cook

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me is a funny and insightful memoir from debut author Lisa Fineberg Cook that takes readers along on a journey to a new home and a new soul. Just a week after her wedding, Lisa is thrilled about her husband’s job relocation to from Beverly Hills to Nagoya Japan. Lisa, a self proclaimed J.A.P. (Jewish American Princess), cannot wait to start her new and exciting life, filled with glamour, intrigue and, of course, shopping. But Nagoya is a far cry from the big city Lisa imagines. Faced with loneliness and boredom upon moving to Japan, Lisa struggles to find a place for herself. To deal with the culture shock and the turbulence of her new marriage, she decides to get out of the house and gets a job teaching in a girl’s school. What Lisa gains there will change her attitude and help her to understand and appreciate her new home.

My Review
Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me is hilarious, self-deprecating and honest. The memoir documents the first year in Japan of one "Jewish American Princess" (J.A.P.). At the beginning, Lisa comes across as an irritating, spoiled, closed-minded brat who complains and fumes about everything and anything she encounters in Japan. I suppose that some of it may be slightly exaggerated for dramatic effect. Still, being a newlywed and living in a country so different from her own, Lisa is not coping very well. Culture shock, princess drama, and a mix of hilarity and sadness abound. Then gradually, she finds a job, meets new friends, and adapts to her  life. She is no longer a pathetic whiner who suffers theatrically over using public transportation, doing laundry, cooking, shopping, and cleaning. Lisa matures, her marriage grows stronger, and she opens up her mind to new cultural experiences.

I enjoyed reading Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me. This is a promising debut, and I am hoping for a sequel from Lisa Fineberg Cook who actually spent two years in Japan. Now she lives in L.A. with her family, and I suspect she is still writing!

Remember to visit the other stops on this blog tour:
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A Sea of Books:
Libby’s Library News:
Bookin’ With Bingo:
That’s A Novel Idea:
Starting Fresh:
Just Another New Blog:
Blog Business World:
My Friend Amy:
Chick With Books:
Book N Around:
My Book Views:
So Many Books, So Little Time:
Keep on Booking:
Reading at the Beach:
Found Not Lost:
Brizmus Blogs Books:
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* Book information was provided by Simon&Schuster, publisher of this title. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. The opinions are my own.


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