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Author: Louise Steinman Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781456122553
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Louise Steinman has published essays and articles in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Salon. She has also led writing workshops and curates literacy programs. The Souvenir, a powerful, best-selling book, was a featured selection of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and others. Growing up, Louise Steinman never understood the private hell that tormented her father. Years later, among her late parents' belongings, she discovers a metal ammo box. In it are almost 500 letters written by her father to her mother during World War II. It also contains a silk Japanese flag inscribed to Yoshio Shimizu. When she reads the letters, Steinman begins to see what her father experienced in the endless days of combat. She also embarks on a decade-long search to find out who Shimizu was-a search which culminates in a trip to Japan to return his flag. The result is a powerful story of discovery, connection, and reconciliation. Weaving together her father's letters, historical details and the political propaganda of both sides, Steinman creates a narrative that is a unique examination of the personal and universal costs of war. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/25/2013

    " This book was really really interesting! I've read/learned a bit about the European side of World War II, but I knew virtually nothing about the Pacific side of things. I really enjoyed the adventure the author took me on trying to discover her father's past and the mysteries the Japanese flag held. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedra | 1/15/2013

    " This book was full of documented history and still touched my heart. I kept thinking, not only about my WWII dad, but my two military brothers, all three combat veterans who had stories they never would tell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 12/28/2012

    " An amazing tale of finding a Japanese flag in her father's keepsakes after his death and tracing it back to the family of the Japanese soldier who had carried this flag into WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 9/9/2012

    " I found this book very interesting and informative due to the personal connection I have with the subject matter as I, too, have a similar flag from WWII that my grandfather brought home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 8/20/2012

    " A daughter finds a Japanese flag in her father's things; goes to Japan to find the rightful owner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 1/3/2012

    " I'm glad I finally read this book. It was written by the sister of a high school classmate of mine about the finding of a Japanese flag after her father's death and the 474 letters he wrote to her mother during the war. This prompted Louise to find out more about her father's war experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/25/2011

    " I liked the weaving of history, primary source and memoir. At times the flow was a bit slow, but I learned a lot about the Pacific side of WWII and about the effects of war home and abroad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flora | 9/22/2011

    " This is a beautifully written book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 8/30/2011

    " This is a powerful non-fiction story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 4/8/2011

    "
    An amazing tale of finding a Japanese flag in her father's keepsakes after his death and tracing it back to the family of the Japanese soldier who had carried this flag into WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedra | 1/3/2011

    " This book was full of documented history and still touched my heart. I kept thinking, not only about my WWII dad, but my two military brothers, all three combat veterans who had stories they never would tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 4/20/2010

    " I found this book very interesting and informative due to the personal connection I have with the subject matter as I, too, have a similar flag from WWII that my grandfather brought home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 9/27/2009

    " Sister of a high school classmate follows a story first unearthed as the family sorts and stores the memories of two lifetimes.

    A journey started by correspondence and completed with personal visits to Asia to return a Souvenir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 8/14/2008

    " This is a powerful non-fiction story. "

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has over thirty years of experience in narration. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.