Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What I'm reading this week

Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River tells the story of second generation Japanese-Americans who volunteered or were drafted into the military during WWII. I'm almost finished with it and it's heartbreaking to see how much racial tension has existed in the United States throughout its history. Entire families were hauled off to internment camps even as their sons served in the military. A group of soldiers were court-martialed and jailed because of a misunderstanding. People kept asking these Nisei why they didn't warn America about Pearl Harbor. It's an eye-opening look at racism in America and how easy it is to get swept up in intolerance.

Memories Before and After the Sound of Music is an autobiography written to inform the public of what the von Trapp family was really like, what really happened before, during, and after The Sound of Music movie. I've read the first half thus far and it's rather dry. It's interesting, but lacks something.

Up next? Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood. I can't wait!


desertskyquilts said...

That next book sounds interesting, though I don't normally read biographies, because they are often poorly written. I look forward to seeing what you say about Myrna Loy's.

Quilting Nonnie said...

I read the Von Trapp Family Singers, also by Maria Von Trap, but it was very enjoyable. Could these be different books?