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

JAPAN TOOK THE J.A.P. OUT OF ME 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.


When I first started reading this, I thought it would be fun to learn about the Japanese culture from an American girl standpoint. I was not expecting it to be as funny as it was!  It’s an easy read and a great way to spend a few hours. Lisa captures so many details and nuances of that first year of marriage but does so in a loving way towards her husband. Similarly, she is able to capture the many amusing cultural differences she faces in a new country while respecting the very culture to which she is trying so hard to adapt.  I loved the ending. I only wish that I could have read more about her second year in Japan! What a great memoir!

About the Author:

Lisa Fineberg Cook, a self-described Jewish American Princess from L.A., leaps at the chance for an exciting adventure when her brand-new husband’s brand-new job takes them to Japan a week after they’re wed.


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A Sea of Books:
Libby’s Library News:
Bookin’ With Bingo:
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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:
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Found Not Lost:
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Thanks Sarah & Pocketbook for the oppportunity to read and review this wonderful book.