Trapped on the Wrong Side of History by Richard Paul
In 1939, Mary Kimoto Tomita, an independent-minded farm girl from outside Modesto, CA took a long trip to Japan to learn the language and culture of her ancestors. However, on December 5th, 1941, during her seemingly routine voyage back home, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and her ship reversed course. She was now stranded in the middle of a bloody war between the country of her birth and the country of her heritage. Trapped in Japan for the duration of World War II, Mary would experience deprivation, danger, and cultural collision. This story -- told through Mary’s personal reminiscences and letters from the time -- is a rare account of an unexplored side of WWII history.