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Leza Lowitz

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Born
San Francisco, The United States
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I'm a California girl living in Tokyo, where I write and run a yoga studio. For over two decades, I've been charting my quest in twenty books in many genres. I hope I'm just getting started.

I’m interested in ideas of identity and history. How is culture shaped, and how are we shaped by it? All of my books deal with notions of finding home.

"Up from the Sea," my debut Young Adult novel in verse about the March 11, 2011 Japan tsunami, is just out from Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House. It's about making a home within yourself when the only home you've ever known is destroyed. Named a #1 YA pick by BUZZFEED:http://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/ya...

My memoir, "In Search of the Sun" charts my quest for motherhood across two decade
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Up From the Sea

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Jet Black and the Ninja Wind

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Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By

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Here Comes the Sun: A Journ...

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Green Tea to Go: Stories fr...

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Other Side River: Free Verse

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Melding Jewish wisdom with the best of Japanese tradition, this memoir of an independent New Yorker's leap into marriage and family with a traditional Japanese healer is humorous, maddening, poignant, surprising, and always entertaining. Wakabayashi
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"Absolutely blessed to read Leza's book, In Search of the Sun. This book was easy, joyful, to read, warming my heart. I felt able to travel with her in her stories.
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“If you weren't scared,
you wouldn't be human,
you wouldn't be brave."

"What do you mean?" I ask.

"If you were fearless,
you wouldn't
need to overcome it.

Bravery means being scared
and going forward
anyway," Fia says.
"That's courage.”
Leza Lowitz, Up From the Sea

“Down on my knees / I peel back the layers of the world.”
Leza Lowitz, Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold by

“Like the best convenience store in the world, / the mind is always open.”
Leza Lowitz, Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections

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“To the woman in the restaurant today, the doll in her arms was the real child who still lived in her memories.”
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“From New Year's Eve through the third of January, the streets of Tokyo grew quiet, as if all the people had disappeared.”
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“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.”
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“Many of us imagine carrying out dramatic changes in impoverished places, but few have the patience for the small, time-consuming, and seemingly endless details that make it possible.”
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“The wind blew stronger. Masakichi had to walk into its resistance, but his pace did not slow. The further he went, the faster he moved, soundlessly and forcefully. The earth smelled like rain. He had to find a way out. Alive.

His grandfather Jinzaemon had taught him how to find a straight path, even in the wind. Jinzaemon was born in 1848, twenty years before Japan first opened its doors to the West. He had taught Masakichi all about ninjutsu. “If you want to go straight against the wind, find a path in its folds and pass through it,” he had said, al- though he’d never actually taught his grandson how to find it. Still, Masakichi had begged him.

“Even if I teach you where the path is, you won’t be able to see it because the wind is always changing. If I show you the path in the wind one minute, the wind will shift and the path will disappear the next.”

“Then how do I find it?” Masakichi had asked, worried he’d never be able to do it.

“You must find it anew each time,” his grandfather smiled. “The only way to see the path in the wind is to become the wind itself.”
Leza Lowitz Shogo Oketani, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind




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