Giovanni Xu Xu من عند نيويورك
Excellent read. Loved every page of it.
The short essay format works well here in keeping the memoir aspect "fresh", as opposed to a traditional chronological narrative ("I came, I married, I adapted"). Entries are varied enough so that I never felt the author was re-hashing covered ground, yet are presented in an organized manner; it never seemed to me that the story was jumping around. I suppose I could see some readers coming away frustrated that it's not enough of a memoir, though it's not intended as such, but an overview of (or introduction to) Otowa's world. If I had to quibble, I'd say the author romanticizes things a bit. Moreover, she appears to have married into an upper class rural family - a reminder that authentic does not necessarily mean typical. Definitely recommended, both for the text and illustrations.