Talking to High Monks in the Snow, Linda Minatoya / by Christina Rosalie

This is the memoir of Japanese-American woman exploring where she "fits" within her two cultures. It is subtly written, with distilled, accurate observations about people's behaviors and cultural differences. The story deals with developing a sense of "home" and belonging, based on a definition of self, and how selfhood changes based on geographical location, culture, etc. The themes interest me personally, as I've been quite obsessed with how language shapes our sense of self, and in turn the role that culture plays in this process.