Stubborn Twig

Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.85 hours)
Product Number: Z100094587
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483057446
Narrator/s: Christine Williams
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Stubborn Twig is the true story of immigrants making their way in a new land, a moving saga about the promise and perils of becoming an American. Masuo Yasui arrived in America in 1903 with big dreams and empty pockets. He worked on the railroads, in a cannery, and as a houseboy before settling in Oregon to open a store, raise a large family, and become one of the area's most successful orchardists. As Masuo broke the color barrier in the local business community, his American-born children did the same in school, scouts, and sports. But their lives changed forever following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when they were forced from their homes into vast inland camps. Although shamed and broken, the Yasui family would yet endure to claim their place as Americans.

Author(s): Lauren Kessler
Original Publish Date: Sep 29, 2008

Professional reviews

"STUBBORN TWIG is "narrative nonfiction" in need of a compelling personal narrative. The premise is promising. Kessler follows three generations of Japanese immigrants, beginning with the arrival of Masuao Yasui in Oregon in 1903. Using personal narratives to elucidate history is a compelling and popular format. Yet Yasui's story never feels personal, but rather a framework over which to hang historical facts and demographic research. Narrator Christine Williams reads rather than performs. Her narration lacks emotional suspense and drama, although this is in part due to their absence in the text itself. Lauren Kessler's work will be best appreciated by a select group of academics, students, and historians. J.T. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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