The Secrets of Mariko by Elisabeth Bumiller
A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family

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With Bumiller's intimate, beautifully written portrait of a middle-class Tokyo housewife, readers finally penetrate the mysteries of the Japanese people to see how they differ from us, and how they are alike.


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About Elisabeth Bumiller

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Elisabeth Bumiller, a Washington reporter for "The New York Times," was a "Times" White House correspondent from September 10, 2001, to 2006. She is the author of "May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India "and T"he Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family." She wrote much of this book as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and as a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Steven R. Weisman, and two children.
 
Published September 29, 2010 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But Bumiller carefully and honestly navigates Japanese culture, and though the author offers her perceptions freely, it is always in a neutral and diplomatic tone, and with a certain deference to the Japanese that lends her voice authority.

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Author of a kaleidoscopic portrayal of women in India (May You Be the Mother of One Hundred Sons), Bumiller here chronicles the complex and sometimes surprising life of a seemingly typical middle-aged Japanese woman in what ``seems to be a nation of maddening conformists.'' The book is consistent...

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An examination of contemporary Japanese society as seen through a year in the life of a middle-class woman.

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