Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family (Paperback)
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September 2009 Indie Next List
“This account of a Japanese-American family explores the immigrant experience, World War II internment camps, and the fight against injustice. Kessler spent a lot of time with members of the Yasui family, and the result is an immensely engaging read. It's an absorbing history lesson of the story behind the story.”
— Terry Dallas, Armchair Books, Pendleton, OR
Masuo Yasui traveled from Japan across the other Oregon Trailathe one that spanned the Pacific Oceanain 1903. Like most immigrants, he came with big dreams and empty pockets. As Masuo broke the race barrier in the local business community, his American-born children broke it in school, scouts and sportsauntil December 7, 1941, changed their lives forever. Stubborn Twig is a classic American storyaa story at once tragic and triumphant, one that bears eloquent witness to both the promise and the peril of America.
About the Author
Lauren Kessler is the author of ten books, among them the Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club: The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes and Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family. Kessler directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.