Thursday, August 24, 2000

Book Review: Yarn: Remembering the Way Home by Kyoko Mori

Yarn: Remembering the Way Home
Kyoko Mori
Memoir, Adult

This one came my way due to the title since I love yarn.  Appropriately, I read it while away for the weekend at a knitting conference. It was a fairly fast read, and the skilled and quiet writing drew me into the story.

It does have to do with knitting as the author tells the story of her life, beginning in Japan and ending up in Washington D.C., and among all the changes she experiences along that journey, knitting becomes the still place where she goes to find order and peace.  Mori had a very painful and difficult childhood, overshadowed most of all by the strong personalities and powerful choices of her parents. Her quest to heal those wounds and make for herself a meaningful home is something that we can all relate to on some level. 

Overall, it was an enjoyable and thought provoking read. The author was deprived of a complete relationship with her family, and was left insecure and damaged. She tells that story in such a way that I cared about that pain and hoped for her to find a life beyond it, one where she can feel the same kind of comfort and familiarity that she does when she is knitting.

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