Tuesday, August 16, 2011
How to Be an American Housewife - by Margaret Dilloway
Libraries were featured a few times in this book. Most notably Shoko tells how she dreamed of becoming a diplomat and "loved reading about different cultures". She found books at the library about "France, England, and Germany...[and] wanted to learn their languages."
Sue mentions her local public library as a feature in her neighborhood that is a "good place to raise a child". Indeed.
These are juxaposed with Shoko's wishing she had a book while waiting for some lab results: "Charlie and I weren't big readers. Books were too expensive and library books were full of germs from all the people who had checked them out." I was left to wonder what happened to the curious young woman with diplomatic aspirations who read all she could.