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Sleeping on Potatoes Paperback – September 15, 2003
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A legacy of strength and perseverance carries Nomura through his Lumpy Adventure. -- Port Townsend Leader, October 15, 2003
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. Nomuras 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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Furthermore, if being forced to live in the remote, godforsaken relocation center, Manzanar, was not enough punishment for a family, Nomura's playboy father proved to be an inept parent and guide. As a child, he was spoiled beyond good reason by his over-indulgent family, thereby growing up with only the skills of a dancer, singer, gambler and heavy drinker. Additionally, he was a cruel task master who was brutish not only to his children, but also to his wife who bore the biggest brunt of his frequent and harshest physical abuse.
Unquestionably the family survived due to the daily heroic efforts of Nomura's mother, Mizuko. After the death of both her own loving mother and grandmother, she had little recourse other than to marry, at age 15, to almost any man who would have her just to escape the bleak existence of living with a grim, cold-hearted step-mother. Unfortunately, once Mizuko was married, she realized that not only was her new husband malevolent, but also that his promises were empty, leaving her with the stark and terrifying reality of raising a houseful of children by herself.
Your heart will break over and over as you read this book. No one should have this kind of childhood. But, such a dreadful upbringing did not produce an unhappy, troublesome boy. Instead, Dr. Nomura turned out to be the kind of person who inspires us all; the kind of person who we hope to become, but never quite achieve.
Through numerous self-effacing vignettes, you will learn how the author's life evolved through its emotional peaks and valleys to eventually emerge from misery to contentment. This is one of those motivational stories that allows us to see the rare enduring, stick-with-it fight inside another human being. The never-give-up attitude, obviously instilled by his mother, got Nomura to where he is today - a fulfilled father, grandfather and accomplished business executive who is sitting back and enjoying the abundant fruits of his labor.
This is a story in which Dr. Nomura teaches us to joyously find the silver thread in every dark cloud. It is difficult to put down.
His book summarizes a Life far better than any mathematics or psychology text ever could. He once shared part of his philosophy with me, as simply: "Those who Can and Want to, Do", which I regarded as the essence of motivational psychology and its stuffy formula: Ability x Motivation = Achievement.
"Sleeping on Potatoes" is an autobiography of a thoughtful man and a wonderful tribute to his family, his friends, and his successful philosophy of Life through Caring Action. It inspires each of us to live a similar greatness! Thus, SoP is a new "SOP" for us all !
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