Vicky Murakami-Tsuda’s pick: Epitaph for a Peach
From the first page of David Mas Masumoto’s Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm, I was impressed by his lyricism in describing the sensation of biting into his Sun Crest peaches. As I continued to read, I found myself captivated by a work that not only spoke of farming, but of family, community, history, and culture.
I was expecting to read a book about a Japanese American family farmer, but I got so much more. I received an education about the risks and rewards of growing raisins and peaches. More importantly, I read stories of the strength and courage of those who work the land for a living.
In the end, I gained a greater appreciation for simple words and seemingly simple ways of living. I’ve lived my entire life in urban settings, but come from a family of farmers and gardeners. This book helped me to look at my relatives with new eyes and with deeper gratitude for the sacrifices they’ve made.
Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda is the Web Manager at the Japanese American National Museum. She loves stories that celebrate humanity, strength, character, and that touch the spirit and soul.
*updated October 2008