Farewell to Manzanar

by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston

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  • 9781328742117
  • 9780547528618

During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees. One of the first families to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. For Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-year-old child, Manzanar became a way of life in which she struggled and adapted, observed and grew. For her father it was essentially the end of his life.

At age thirty-seven, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston recalls life at Manzanar through the eyes of the child she was. She tells of her fear, confusion, and bewilderment as well as the dignity and great resourcefulness of people in oppressive and demeaning circumstances. Written with her husband, Jeanne delivers a powerful first-person account that reveals her search for the meaning of Manzanar.

Farewell to Manzanar has become a staple of curriculum in schools and on campuses across the country. Last year the San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the twentieth century’s 100 best nonfiction books from west of the Rockies.

First published in 1973, this new edition of the classic memoir of a devastating Japanese American experience includes an inspiring afterword by the authors. 


  • HMH Books; April 2002
  • ISBN: 9780547528618
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Farewell to Manzanar
  • Author: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; James D. Houston
  • Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781328742117
  • 9780547528618

In The Press

"A poignant memoir from a Japanese American. . . . Told without bitterness, her story reflects the triumph of the human spirit during an extraordinary episode in American history."
Library Journal

"[Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston] describes vividly the life in the camp and the humiliations suffered by the detainees... A sober and moving personal account."
Publishers Weekly


About The Author

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston was born in California in 1934. She attended San Jose State University, where she met her husband, James D. Houston. For their teleplay for the NBC drama based on Farewell to Manzanar, they received the prestigious Humanitas Prize.

James D. Houston (1933–2009) was the author of several books including The Last Paradise, which received a 1999 American Book Award for fiction.
 

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781328742117
  • 9780547528618