Friday, May 22, 2009

My Spy: Memoir of a CIA Wife

Several years ago our home school group took the kids to the International Spy Museum.

In the museum gift shop there were many interesting books. I decided to get Bina Cady Kiyonaga's book, My Spy: Memoir of a CIA Wife.

I brought the book home and put it on the shelf to read soon... and I read it this week.

This book was not what I thought it would be. I imagined cloak-and-dagger, thrilling, mysterious meetings with strange and dangerous people would be the focus of the book. To my surprise, this was really the story of a marriage - a marriage between two very dissimilar people who loved each other despite and through their differences. Bina Kiyonaga tells about her life as an Irish Catholic from Baltimore, Maryland who married a nominally Catholic Japanese-American man from Molokai, Hawaii. They made it work beautifully, living around the world, under various "covers," raising five children, until her husband died from cancer at the age of 59. She waited thirty years to write her story, but it was worth the wait.

Upbeat, encouraging, pro-life, and joyous are the adjectives that best describe this book.



Blogger Framed said...

Sounds good. Thanks for the review.

9:02 AM  
Blogger hopeinbrazil said...

What an interesting book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

8:28 PM  

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