Farewell to Manzanar is a nonfiction memoir by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston that was first published in 1973. Through the eyes of the child that she was and the experiences of her family, the author recalls her childhood at a Japanese incarceration camp called Manzanar during World War II in this engrossing memoir that has become a staple of curriculum in schools and on campuses across the country. Farewell to Manzanar tells of her fear, confusion, and bewilderment, as well as the dignity and resourcefulness of people in oppressive and demeaning circumstances.


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