"No dream is too big." Michiko Kakutani not only endured a difficult upbringing but also roared her way through to become one of the highly rated literature critics. She battled for freedom when her family was incarcerated at World War II.
Japanese-origin American born, Michiko is a famous book critic and had worked as the chief book critic for The New York Times. For her honest review, she was treasured with 1998's Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Michiko Family's Imprisonment State
The 63-year-old author was raised by her parents, Shizuo Kakutani, and Keiko ("Kay") Uchida. Her late father, Shizuo was a native Japanese and had worked as Yale mathematician for 33 long years. He was born in 1911 in Osaka, Japan and passed away at the age of 92 in New Haven, Connecticut on 17 August 2004.
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Michiko’s mom, Keiko was raised in Berkeley, California and her ancestry was of a Japanese-American. She revealed about her preschool elementary teacher mother with The New York Times in July 2018. She also mentioned that she grew up with her sister, and her family earnings were just $19.
Keiko’s family was sent at different camps in the World War II among the 12000 other Japanese people. Keiko and her sister were very young, but they were not afraid to aid the needy kids who were unconnected from their parents.
Her mother heard the first sound of a bomb at radio in Pearl Harbor in 1941, and later that evening some cops took Michiko's grandfather from his home. Former US President, Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942 where the Japanese people were ordered to hand over their equipment including firearms, cameras, radios, and binoculars. Keiko also gave her Brownie camera to the local cops. Her family was given the famous number 13453 and was asked to vacate the place they used to reside for over a decade in 10 days.
The family was restricted to keep their belonging including furniture, paintings, linens, family letters, and photographs. They also had to hand their pet and Keiko knew it died a few weeks later. Even though she endured nightmare childhood, she rose through the occassion and established herself as the leading critic in the world.
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Reviews Book On Nigerian Marriage, Is Michiko Single Or Married?
The 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner has always emphasized her career than her personal life. She decided to remain single and does not wish to have a partner. But she gives honest views and opinions on married life through her book reviews.
Michiko had reviewed a book a Nigerian writer, Ayobami Adebayo titled Stay With Me (2017) in The New York Times in July 2017. She is praiseworthy for the novel that revolves around a Nigerian lady, Yejide and her married life with her partner, Akin. The book talked about the couple who agreed upon the restriction of polygamy right after their nuptials.
Michiko reviewed Ayobami book, Stay With Me on 24 July 2017 (Photo: Goodreads.com)
The pair also had a hard time starting their family, so her husband’s relative asked him to have a baby from his second wife, Funmi. Yejide was advised by some of her family members to accept Funmi as her sibling.
Even after she called her time in New York Times, she never showed interest on a relationship and married life. Instead, she indulges in her single life and devotes her every breath in literature.
How Much Is Michiko's Net Worth?
Michiko earns her prominent part of net worth as an author. She had written a 2018 book titled The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, which slams U.S President, Donald Trump administration.
She also amassed her earnings working as the Chief Book Critic at The New York Times from 1983 until 2017. The author announced her retirement from the Times on 27 July 2017 leaving behind thirty-eight years of golden legacy.
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The Literacy critic was born on 9 January 1955 in New Haven, Connecticut as per wiki. Her birth sign is Capricorn. She belongs to Asian-American ethnicity with Japanese origin. Michiko attended B.A. in English literature from Yale University in 1976.