Books That Inspire 2010

Farewell to Manzanar
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston

In 1942, the federal government relocated seven-year-old Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family to the Japanese-American internment camp in Manzanar, a remote desert region of California. Farewell to Manzanar chronicles the three and a half years that Jeanne and her family spent in the camp and tells a touching story of a family torn apart – and yet desperately attempting to hold itself together – during a time of distrust, paranoia, and prejudice. The book describes a disturbing case of racial profiling from a time not that long ago. Incredible to me as I read this moving account today is how Jeanne recalls the years in this camp not with bitterness but with dignity and love and forgiveness. Reading it can transform you.

From Books That Inspire 2003.

Jerry Jerman
Director of Development
University Outreach