Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lauren Kessler
Narrator: Christine Williams
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction, Social Science
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: July 2012
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 52 minutes
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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 broke it in school, scouts, and sports. But their lives changed forever on December 7, 1941, 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.

"Her research into each of her subject's lives is diligent and she recounts the intimate tragedies, the determination, hard work and family solidarity that characterized the Yasuis' rise to affluence and success. Kessler has created a praiseworthy chronicle of the "'process and meaning of becoming an American, of promise and prejudice in a new land.'"-Publishers Weekly

Author Details

Author Details

Kessler, Lauren

Lauren Kessler is the author of ten books, including Los Angeles Times best-seller and Oregon Book Award finalist The Happy Bottom Riding Club (Random House 2000), the biography of one of the most colorful women of the 20th century: pioneering aviatrix, Hollywood stunt pilot and bordello madame Pancho Barnes. Her other books include a season-in-the-life narrative about women's sports, Full Court Press (Dutton 1997); Stubborn Twig (Random House1994), which won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for literary nonfiction; and After All These Years (Thunder's Mouth Press 1990), portraits of 60s radica