Before I start, I’d like to thank Netgalley and Chronicle Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review, but most of all for allowing me to get to know and learn about the incredible artist and important figure that Ruth Asawa was, because I bet I wouldn’t have heard about her otherwise.
Aside from discovering an amazing artist and female empowerment figure, through this biography I also learned about Japanese culture, a different perspective of WWII and internment, a new artistic movement, and fun facts such as how second-generation Japanese-American people are called (Nisei).
Ruth studied Art in College —which was pretty uncommon for women at that time, especially women of color—, she married a white man —defying anti-miscegenation laws—, and was fundamental to the creation of the San Francisco’s performing arts school. And she accomplished all of this and more while raising SIX children.
This book is ideal for those looking for a biography on a lesser known artist that was key in her time, area and field, who was also an early feminist without even intending to do so, and also like learning about the historical and social context in which all of that happened. And you can tell how much effort was put into this book, because it is impeccably and meticulously researched, as well as it being multimedia, with letters, quotes, and photos complimenting the text.
Last but not least, I'd like to end this review with some of my favorite works of hers:
Original language: English
Language read: EnglishPublisher: Chronicle Books