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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
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.
CHRISTINE WILLIAMS mesmerized audiences as a lead actor for the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 8 years, and she has also sung with the Rogue Opera. She currently teaches singing to actors and acting to singers at SOU, and narrates fiction and nonfiction audiobooks, with a special fondness for character work. On weekends, she loves to hike to mountaintops, and, if it gets too cold, she can make fire with sticks.