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Blame it on Hawaii’s rainbows, sparkling beaches, fruity cocktails, and sensuous breezes. For Heather Diamond, there for a summer course on China, a sea change began when romance bloomed with Fred, an ethnomusicologist from Hong Kong.

One night under a full moon, Fred tells Heather the story of Chang’e, the moon goddess. He points out how the shadows form a rabbit pounding
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Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Camphor Press
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Andd Becker
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The memoirist is a brilliant writer. She is, perhaps, a polymath who excels in a wide variety of pursuits. One thing for sure: She wholeheartedly embraced a new culture, a new way of thinking, a new way of doing. She surmounted barriers to personal growth.

The book is essential reading for graduate students in East Asian Studies and for anyone interested in Sino-American relations. For readers seeking to make major changes in their lives, the book is a must-read. The author's courage in facing th
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Kate
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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There was so much about Heather Diamond​ 's memoir that resonated with me, especially the propensity to reinvent oneself many times. Her writing is gorgeous, and the story kept me wanting to turn the page.

I loved the way her introduction to her new husband's Hong Kong family makes it clear how much family means to them. "Family values" is not a slogan but an action of taking part in each other's lives. An introverted white woman born in the U.S., she is both repelled by and drawn into a world so
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Allison Merrill
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rabbit in the Moon is a powerful meditation on the forces that shape our lives. With her extraordinary writing, Diamond tells the fascinating story of her search for love that leads her into a multicultural relationship, to the stunning landscape of Asia, where she explores cultures, traditions, and the meaning of belonging, yearning, and understanding. A lovely, brilliant, and splendid book!


Nicki Chen
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The best memoirs combine truth, insight, and—of course—an interesting life. The Rabbit in the Moon has all three.

The story focuses on the author in her mid-forties. Restless and perhaps hoping to reinvent herself, she takes a summer course at the East-West Center in Hawaii. There she meets Fred, an ethnomusicologist from Hong Kong. Their differences are stark. He’s Chinese; she’s a white American of Jewish-Russian heritage; she’s sensitive and hesitant; he’s confident, the life of the party. Sh
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Jaye Viner
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was perhaps not the best book to read while stuck in my house during a pandemic battling spring fever. Set in Hawaii and various locations in China, with elaborate descriptions of meeting new people, cultural feet in mouths, and new food, all I wanted to do after finishing a chapter was jet off to that place, or anywhere for that matter. But now that I've finished, what stays with me is the depth and nuance that Diamond gives our globalized world on both a personal level (being a white Amer ...more
Janelle
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
When I started reading Rabbit in the Moon, I wasn’t sure it was for me until I continued on, right to the very end, and feeling quite glad that I did. Several descriptive stories woven into a memoir, Rabbit in the Moon touches on some of the most important elements of life: love, family, identity, customs and tradition, and acceptance. I could not help, but also notice that it had spiritual elements peppered throughout, such as hints and references to spirituality, astrology (e.g., Chinese Astro ...more
Staci Greason
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Claire Chao
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rabbit in the Moon has all the ingredients of the best memoirs: an exotic setting, quirky characters, and cultural discord ultimately redeemed by love and acceptance. Portrayed with humor and candor, it gives readers an intimate experience of a traditional part of Hong Kong rarely seen by foreigners and even Hong Kong natives. The beautiful outcome is that all the time the author has been thinking the others are the flawed ones, in the end it is she who changes and blossoms.
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Anne
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, memoirs
I enjoyed reading this book. There is a lot to like about the book-- the author’s willingness to look critically at herself and learn from others around her, the eloquent description of her adventures in Hawaii, Hong Kong and China, and even, the occasional folk tales thrown in explaining the legends behind Chinese festivals and traditions (a great boon for an American Born Chinese like myself).

I have to give the author a lot of credit for being willing to write so honestly about her own experi
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Kathleen Riggs
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Heather Diamond has written a beautiful book on the cultural insight and the description of Hong Kong. With Heather and Fred’s life there and how two people from different cultures can blend their family’s and heritage together. Heather is forty-five years old, married, a mother and grandmother when Fred and Heather meet.

Rabbit in the Moon follows Heather and Fred’s relationship and Portrays her story of Hong Kong, with how Heather met Fred and then the book takes us from Hawaii to Hong Kong as
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Jane Marcellus
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heather Diamond is a mother and grandmother when she finds the courage to leave her middle-class, middle-America life to pursue happiness with a Chinese man she meets and falls in love with at an academic conference. In beautifully evocative prose, Diamond takes us along as she navigates a new culture and is ultimately welcomed into a world where she was at first an outsider.

(I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Sophia Kouidou-Giles
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The author, an intimate stranger in Cheung Chau, an island near Hong Kong, has a lot to learn from Fred Lau’s Family. Thrown into an unfamiliar culture during her middle years, she depicts differing cultural values in colorful episodes as the story pivots between Hawaii, Hong Kong and the nearby island of Cheung Chao. She meets Fred at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii. She gets to know his family during his 9-month sabbatical when he teaches at the University of Hong Kong. Family ...more
Melisa Nelson
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This one was hard for me. I enjoyed much about the book, especially the cultural insight and descriptions of Hong Kong, family dinners, and more. What was hard for me to enjoy was this feeling that the author was whining or complaining about so much earlier in the book. It was almost cringeworthy. Then I realized that this visceral reaction was simply a reaction to my own experiences.

I was once married to someone of Chinese-Hawaiian-German ancestry and whose family had kept alive many traditions
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D. Lara Smith
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A memoir interwoven with a travelogue and culinary recollections, there's something for any reader in Rabbit in the Moon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, getting to travel vicariously and explore themes of identity, change, and culture while watching the author manage familial ties and relationships. The author writes nuanced portraits of her family and in-laws, probing to understand who they are through their words and actions but never resorting to caricatures. The cultural mash-ups are funny ...more
Diem Dangers
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this window into the experience of a Jewish-Russian-American woman living in Cheung Chau (an island outside metropolitan Hong Kong) with her husband's family. It is both timeless in its reference to the age-old human condition contending with difference, and contemporary in highlighting some of the specific ways a family from Cheung Chau negotiates norms around their new "Gweilo" (foreign) daughter. It is full of delicious food, relationships, ritual, and festivals, fraught wi ...more
Jamie Cha
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This book was a book about culture, family, and growth. It was a book that made you want to be your best self.

This story was a moderate book to finish. The chapters were short. However, it did take me longer to read this book than usual. Some parts were so interesting to me and other parts were very mundane.

The book talked a lot about food and festivals. I love to eat food. I have discovered, that I have less in
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Jean
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rabbit in the Moon is a memoir of Heather Diamond’s experiences of moving from Texas to Hawaii, and then, Hong Kong. It is also the story of her meeting someone from a different culture and falling in love. Many of the adjustments and discoveries she made as a result of all these changes are considered in this book. I found it to be informative in a number of ways. Some of the discussions of Chinese holidays were intriguing. Some of her observations about the differences between cultures are enl ...more
Mandy
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a mixed book for me. I really loved the beginning and Diamond's story of how she got her forever jade bracelet. Most of the book was a slog to get through. There were a lot of chapters with her experiences of her experience living as an outsider, but no real insight was given. A fascinating chapter about a Norwegian friend with her obnoxious husband, and then they disappear from the narrative. What made me keep reading was the occasional glimpses that Diamond would give of her own stubb ...more
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