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Hydrangea Waving

by:
Joe Hale (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-7085-3 ©2012
Price: $13.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 216 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

Autobiography of an American who was born and lived in Japan during WWII and his atypical challenges. Book describes events after WWII including schooling, marriage, employment and a battle with cancer.

Abstract:
The book is an autobiography written as a unique narrative about an American who was born in Yokohama, Japan and lived there throughout WWII. It relates events from the day of the death of our mother in 2005 and then retraces the life story from the beginning starting in the mid 1930s and describes familial details and some aspects of a child growing up as an American in enemy Japan. It elaborates teen years in Japan and life at Punahou School in Hawaii and of courtship, marriage, family and employment with Pan Am and a battle with cancer.

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Customer Reviews

  Hydrangea waving , 03/25/2012
Reviewer: Ritsuko U. Komaki, M.D.
This book has increble sensitivity of fear among children who grea up during the second walrd War. I am one of them. I heard the scilent and people were hiding the shelters near by. I was born in Amagasaki since my father was working in Hanshjin , Osaka. We moved back my parents home town Hiroshima when I was 4 years old. There were shacks along the Motobashi River where the AB was dropped. We moved in to maternal garnd mother's house since nobody welcomed us. My parents and four children including myself were not welcomed in Hiroshima because of no houses and no food. I was always hungry. I met Ms. Sadako sasaki in the Noboricho Elementary School who was exposed by AB wnen she was 2 y.o. She developed acute Myelogenous Luekemia and died one year later Shewas 11 y.o. Her death inspired me and her older brother wit her classmates to raise funding to creat her memorial staruew" AB Children's Statue" which is standing at the peace memorial park in Hiroshima. I became a Radiation Oncologist and now am the professor of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Sadako's death inspired me to do research of radiation Effects on Human Beings and now I and my husband James D. Cox, M.D. initiated to buid the Protone Center at the MDACC to reduce Radiation Effects to normal tissue for Children and Adults who have cancer. Dr. James D. Cox treated Mr. Joe hale personally for his Hodgkin's Disease 40 years ago. It is wonderful read his background! Ritsuko Komaki, M.D.

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  A Winner , 05/02/2012
Reviewer: jeff kriendler
Appropriate to review this book with Mother's Day approaching. A tale of Mother/son love and devotion despite hardships of war and separation. Amazing account of ravages of WW2 and effects on American boy who lived through the horrors and endured. Despite personal void by his absence, Mother sent the author to America for education where he flourished yet he never forgot his Mother's sacrifices and personal ethics.

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  , 05/10/2012
Reviewer: MJ MULCAHY
QUITE SIMPLY,THIS STORY HAS THE POTENIAL TO BE A MOVIE! REMEMBER ANGELA ASHES? THE STORY OF AN UNIQUE MAN THAT STARTED OUT IN JAPAN DURING THE WAR AND CLAIMED HIS CITIZENSHIP IN AMERICA. TRUE STORIES ABOUT FAMILY ARE THE ONES THAT MOST PEOPLE CHERISH. AND THIS STORY IS JUST THAT. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT REMEMBER THIS TIME IN HISTORY AND THEY WOUD LOVE A MOVIE AFTER READING THIS BOOK

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