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Book details of 'Sleeping on Potatoes'

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TitleSleeping on Potatoes
Author(s)Carl Nomura
PublishedSeptember 2003
PublisherErasmus Books
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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
"Sleeping on Potatoes" is the autobiography of Carl Nomura, born as the son of a poor immigrant family during the depression. One of the defining moments in his life was the internment of all Japanese Americans after the attack Pearl Harbor. After the second world war and the end of the internment, he worked very hard to get his education and to find a career in science. He succeeded and had a great career at Honeywell. Carl Nomura has a great writing style. In the book is his resolve to write three books, I am looking forward to the next ones. He writes in an entertaining and humorous way, without treading the more serious subjects too lightly. This book is a good reminder of how difficult the internment period must have been for the Japanese Americans who lived through it, finding out the German and Italian prisoners of war were treated better. But the Japanese pride and resolve to improve has helped them, at least in the case of Carl Nomura.

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Kaworu (Carl) Nomura’s autobiography is an unforgettable story of growing up in the United States as a Japanese-American. From a fishing cannery in Long Beach, CA in the twenties to the Great Depression in the thirties, from high school’s Pomp and Circumstance to Manzanar’s Internment Center during WWII, and from the University of Minnesota in the fifties to Honeywell Corporation, Sleeping on Potatoes is a wonderfully evocative account of Nomura’s life and times. It is the story of adversity and courage, of the poignancy of love and the awkwardness of sex, of family bonds and family tensions and the rise to the corporate tower. About the Author Born in a boxcar somewhere between Deer Lodge and Three Forks, Montana in 1922, Nomura graduated from Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles in 1941, just in time to be incarcerated, along with all Japanese-Americans from California to the Midwest. He and his family were sent to Manzanar, an isolated wind-swept relocation camp where they were placed behind barbed wire fences, guarded by military personnel, and watched closely by armed security forces in guard towers. After the war, Nomura earned a Bachelor of Physics (1948), a Masters of Science (1949) and a Ph.D. in Physics (1953) from the University of Minnesota. He became a research physicist for Honeywell and later as an executive; he founded the solid-state electronics division. Nomura’s been hailed as a visionary and leader in the field of semiconductor research. He retired as corporate Senior Vice-President of Honeywell.

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