July 2015 Book of the Month

“Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again.”
― Gail Tsukiyama, The Samurai’s Garden

We thought everyone would enjoy escaping for a few hours with a cup of tea and a good read. The Samurai’s Garden, written by American author Gail Tsukiyama, is a beautiful book about love, loneliness, reverence and inner strength.

The book tells the story of a young Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. While there he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of one remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu’s secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. The Samurai’s Garden offers the reader a lovely example of the grounding effect of devoting oneself to seeing the beauty in the everyday experience of being alive. It is a soulful book – quiet and tranquil, devoted to the exploration of beauty and love.

This book will offer students a strong contrast to the rushing current of school starting again soon. It is one of those books that literally transport’s the reader to a more gentle, life sustaining space. Sink in and enjoy.