Book Review: You’ve Got Mail From Japan

You’ve Got Mail From Japan by Kristie Maguire
Genre: Biography/Memoir
Published: November 14, 2010
Publisher: KLM Books
File Size: 408 KB



Margie and Sandy, two American expatriate women, meet and become friends while living in Saudi Arabia. After their husbands’ assignments were completed, both women returned to their homes in the United States: Margie to Nevada and Sandy to Texas. Margie soon accompanies her husband on to his next assignment to Japan while Sandy remains at home surrounded by her family and friends.

Some things are very private–diaries, phone calls, letters, and emails between friends. You’ve Got Mail from Japan lifts that veil of privacy. This book contains actual emails exchanged between Margie and Sandy, with all the ‘warts’ and misspellings as they were written, on an almost daily basis over the course of a year. The writing is real and down to earth, as only emails between good friends can be.

Step into Margie and Sandy’s world. Follow their incredible, somewhat quirky and offbeat journey as it actually happened. Share their times of joy, times of sadness, times of highs, and times of lows. The friendship between these two women shines from the pages and you feel as if you have eavesdropped on a private conversation, but accidentally, and then they smile at you and welcome you into their circle of friendship.

One reader stated, “I love this book! It is like I have broken into someone’s computer, hacked their email, and now I am looking at all the juicy details…wow, this is fun!”

NOTE: This book is not a travel guidebook.

My Thoughts

In May I am moving to Japan and so I’ve been researching and looking for others experiences while there. Not many people have published books with their experiences so when I ran across this book I wanted to give it a try, even though all the reviews of the book were not very high.

This book is essentially Margie’s daily experiences or lack there of in her email’s to her friend Sandy who is state side in Texas. When the book started out I really thought it was promising and I was excited to hear of her travels, what she did, how she embraced the Japanese culture.

I was left feeling very disappointed at the end of the book. It was nice to see their friendship blossom over her 9 months in Japan but she never went into great detail about places or specifics while in Japan. She spoke in depth about her trips outside of Japan. Clearly she was not happy being there and it seems the Japanese people left a bitter taste in her mouth.

While the book had it’s interesting parts it really left me feeling like I had nothing to take away from it aside from her negative views on life in Japan. I felt she had little respect for the culture & the people.  However, I do understand that this is how she felt and she was very honest through it all.

I Give This Book




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