Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face

Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face

This is a daunting tale of Maori settlers along New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty in the late 1700s. As the population expands, the need for more resources and the tribe’s ability to fight against neighbouring tribes is paramount. Continue reading “Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face”

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai

Five Japanese girls were sent by their government to the U.S.A. in 1871 to learn Western ways. While they were raised traditionally at home, they grew up as typical schoolgirls in their new country. Three of the girls: Sutematsu, Shige and Ume; returned after ten years to try to change women’s education in Japan. Continue reading “Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai”

Hannah Kent’s — The Good People

Hannah Kent’s — The Good People

In an Irish village in the 1800s, Nora loses her daughter, then her husband before she hires Mary to help take care of her grandson. Because her grandson neither speaks nor walks at age four, she pleads with the priest for help, but he turns his back on her. The women of the village blame the boy for their troubles, so Nora seeks help from Nance who has the “knowledge.” Continue reading “Hannah Kent’s — The Good People”