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117. Dixieland Sushi by Cara Lockwood...

July 21, 2009
About the book:
Wax on...

Jen Nakamura Taylor thought she left behind her awkward past of growing up half-Japanese, half-white in a small Southern town when she moved north to produce a popular Chicago television show. But when she gets word that her Southern Belle cousin is marrying Kevin Peterson, the very boy Jen loved-with-a-capital-L for years, she realizes she can't run from her past forever. Not only does the news conjure up sticky memories of growing up with a mixed heritage in the South (soy sauce on chicken fried steak, anyone?) but now the very single and very busy Jen has got to find a date for the wedding--a grand affair that could put Scarlett O'Hara to shame.

Wax off...

Riley--Jen's cute British friend from work--seems just the ticket; even his girlfriend thinks it's a good idea. But as Jen and Riley whistle on down to Dixie, sparks start to fly. Add to the fire the grown-up but still charming Kevin Peterson, who appears to have a soft spot for Jen, and, well, whoa. It's going to take everything Jen has (and a lot of help from the Karate Kid-wisdom of her pop culture hero Mr. Miyagi) to survive the meeting of past and present, and of North and Far East and South...where Jen finally learns to come to terms with her heritage, her love life, and herself.

drey's thoughts:
I picked up Dixieland Sushi on a whim--it's got a cute cover, I loved the title, and checking out a book about a half-Asian growing up in the South tickled my fancy... I've had it for 7 months now, and picked it up last night for a bit of light reading. And boy, did it do the trick.

Dixieland Sushi is light-hearted chick-lit at it's best--humorous, witty, and entertaining. The dialog is quick and crisp. The repartee between Jen and Riley is spot on. I can see these guys hamming it up in my head. The book switches back and forth between Jen's current day and her past--LOVED the references to her childhood, with her crush on Kevin, her BFF-till-she-betrayed-her, her squabbles with her sister Kimberly, and her life in general... Jen's family is definitely quirky, to say the least!

If you need another easy-to-read, chick-lit book for your beach bag, you can't go wrong with this. =)

Title: Dixieland Sushi
Author: Cara Lockwood
ISBN-10: 0743499425
ISBN-13: 9780743499422
Paperback: 283 pages
Publisher: Downtown Press, 2005


bermudaonion said...

Quirky characters and set in the South - it sounds like my kind of book!

ANovelMenagerie said...

Sounds really cute!

Kelly said...

I love the cover, I'm sorta in a dry spell and looking for fun and quirky..I think this might be it!

Unknown said...

Love the cover, thanks for the heads up on this book, I think I will be adding this one to the beach bag.

Darlene said...

This does sound good and I love that cover!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

I've read a couple of deep and depressing ones lately and could use a lite-hearted one. This looks like it could be it, thanks for the review.

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