Potato in a Rice Bowl

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iUniverse, May 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography
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In the memoir Potato in a Rice Bowl, Peggy Keener shares her wacky misadventures as a sincere-though misguided-Minnesota housewife struggling to create normalcy for her family while living in Japan during the 1960s. Through charming vignettes, Peggy takes a look back at her bewildering foray into the Japanese culture after her husband accepts a military assignment in a country thousands of miles away from the small prairie town of Austin, Minnesota, where she was born and raised. The mother of three boys, Peggy chronicles how she managed to settle her disoriented family and flounce headfirst into the thorny, baffling culture while her husband was miles away on military missions. As she bungles through her boys' Japanese school, grapples with the eccentricities of her home and neighbors, and reconstructs the language to her liking, she somehow ends up as a personality on Japanese national television-all with the earnest hope of melding with her new country. In this humorous, irreverent, and even soul-searching collection of anecdotes, Peggy provides an entertaining glimpse into the enigmatic Land of the Rising Sun.

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User Review  - Wendy Stotts - Goodreads

I think I am going to abandon this book. I just realized I will not attend the book group meeting where it is discussed. I find some things very amusing and interesting, but the author's writing style is just too cutesy and forced to me. Read full review

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User Review  - Madeline - Goodreads

LOVE. Like "Eat Pray Love" but better!! Peggy took me on a journey to a foreign land (Japan in the 1960's) and time after time had me doubled over in laughter over her trials and tribulations. I am a life long fan and Potato for life! Read full review

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