Praise for Looking Like the Enemy:
"[A] painfully honest narrative of imprisonment. . . . [A] valuable contribution to the literature of Japanese-American internment." David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars
In her 88th year of living, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald has completed her third book, Becoming Mama-San: 80 Years of Wisdom. The gift of longevity allows Gruenewald to see her life and the wider world through a lens chiseled with compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude. She has survived a lifetime of challenges-the great depression, imprisonment in Japanese-American
In her 88th year of living, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald has completed her third book, Becoming Mama-San: 80 Years of Wisdom. The gift of longevity allows Gruenewald to see her life and the wider world through a lens chiseled with compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude. She has survived a lifetime of challenges-the great depression, imprisonment in Japanese-American internment camps, interracial marriage, and a search for personal acceptance-and now, shares her hard-earned wisdom. We live in rapidly changing times longing for the steady hand of wise elders willing to impart their life lessons and reassurances that all will be well. Mary Matsuda Gruenewald is one of those elders.
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald will be 87 years old when her third book is published in Spring 2012. She is a dynamic, riveting public speaker who proudly shares her life lessons as a seasoned octogenarian. Gruenewald’s vision with this new book is to share her life stories in hopes of imparting hard-earned life insights that may be helpful to younger generations looking for guidance and elder wisdom.
In her first book, Gruenewald broke her silence as a Nisei (second generation Japanese American) who was imprisoned in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars, describes her memoir as “a painfully honest narrative of imprisonment.… a valuable contribution to the literature of Japanese-American internment.” Her second book, a Young Reader’s edition of her memoir, now reaches young people just learning about world history and the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II.
Gruenewald began writing in her seventies, and hasn’t stopped since. She worked as an R.N. for more than a quarter of a century and during that time established the Consulting Nurse Service, which has become a national model for numerous health care providers. She also raised three children in an interracial marriage, which was not widely accepted at the time. In her seventies, Gruenewald began taking writing classes, and published her first book at eighty.
Gruenewald also consulted with the National Park Service during its establishment of Minidoka Internment Camp as a National Park. In 2003, she received an Asian American Living Pioneer Award honoring her contributions. Gruenewald speaks to numerous groups about her internment camp experiences, and now, will promoting her wisdom as an 87-year-old elder. Gruenewald’s articles have appeared in newspapers nationally, and she has presented commentaries for NPR KPLU, Seattle. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
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I want to be like Mary Matsuda Gruenewald when I grow up! She is incredibly wise, honest, smart, vulnerable, funny, courageous, strong and caring. Mary details many amazing stories and lessons learned throughout the past 80 years in her book. I loved reading about her life growing up on a berry farm on Vashon Island, surviving imprisonment in an internment camp when was 17, meeting her husband and dealing with being an interracial couple during a time when that just wasn't done, raising three children, working as a nurse for almost three decades (and creating Group Health's Consulting Nurse Program!) and so much more. Throughout her book, Mary reveals how she survived and thrived in her life through the wise and loving teachings and examples set by her beloved mother, Mama-San. If you are looking for advice and life lessons given by a kind and wise elder that will help you to live a fuller, richer and more compassionate life, you should read this book. Thank you, Mary, for giving this gift to future generations.