Farewell to Manzanar

Farewell to Manzanar

A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment

Book - 1974
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Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp--with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the  nation's #1 hit: "Don't Fence Me In." Farewell to Manzanaris the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention . . . and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1974, c1973.
ISBN: 9780553272581
Branch Call Number: 940.54 Houston
Characteristics: xiii, 145 p. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Houston, James D.


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Jul 28, 2018

Well-deserved status as a virtual classic. Uncomplicated recollections of her childhood during incarceration, reassimilation after release, and attempts as an adult to make sense of it all. Heartbreaking yet life-affirming.

Mar 02, 2016

Jeanne is a child when her large family is relocated to an internment camp during World War II. Her family is forced to move to Manzanar , where they lose everything they have. Jeanne writes about the devastating effects the internment camp has on her family, but there is a disconnect as she views things through a child’s eyes. She does ordinary things at the camp, like go to church and take dance lessons. She recalls that the baton classes at Manzanar really did come in handy later, as she was a majorette in high school. After they leave the camp, Jeanne’s family scatters and never really recovers from the injustice of the internment camp. This is an insightful memoir that does a great job of remembering a terrible time in America’s past.

Jul 20, 2015

A fairly quick read that provided a perspective of WWII that I had not given much thought to. Great book to add to a list of others with other perspectives of WWII to get a deeper understanding of the war.

Sep 12, 2014

One of the best books about the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Houston's descriptions of her mother during that time were, I thought, especially poignant.

Jun 23, 2013

One of the better Japanese American memoirs about the World War II incarceration and its effect on Japanese American families.

jrochez98 Aug 27, 2012

it was EXTREMELY boring. i didnt enjoy whats-so-ever, neither did i understand much.

Apr 25, 2011

An interesting nonfiction book about the relocation of a japanese american family during world war II. I felt like the story was kind of short and would have liked the author to go in more depth about her experiences. Overall an ok book.


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