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I’ve just finished Shipwrecked the children’s book about the first Japanese person to come to America. This was a fascinating story and as it was a children’s book, it was just the right amount of information I wanted to read on the topic. Very well done, too. Manjiro is a young Japanese fisherman, who is shipwrecked off of Japan. He and his fellow fisherman are finally rescued by an American whaler, but because Japan has such strict isolationist policies, they are not allowed to return to Japan. Manjiro’s story is the perfect rags to riches American story with a slightly big twist. Thanks to Jeanne I brought home Nathaniel Philbrick’s book, In the Heart of the Sea, about the Whaleship Essex. Apparently Melville based Moby Dick partially on that tragedy. I also brought home High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, because I really want to read something light right now.

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