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Four inscribed books about the Japanese wartime internment  

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Two novels and two memoirs about the Japanese internment, all inscribed


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  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz, A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1971) Dust Jacket. Illustrated by David Carrick. Signed.
  • Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki & James D. Houston. Farewell To Manzanar. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973) First Printing. Dust Jacket. Signed by the co-authors.
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey Home (New York: Atheneum, 1978) Dust Jacket. Inscribed .
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Desert Exile, The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family.(Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1982) Dust Jacket. 


Journey Home inscription on half title:  “To Lynn – With so many good wishes. Nice to see you at Orinda Books. Yoshiko Uchida. December 1978”

Desert Exile: Significant association copy. Inscribed by the author to her first editor and literary mentor, Margaret McElderry: “To dear Margaret – My editor and friend of many years. Fondly, Yoshi.  October 1982)

After Mine Okubo’s Citizen 13660 (1946 listing) and John Okada’s No-No Boy (1957 listing), books about the Japanese internment, either fictional or autobiographical, were uncommon in the three decades after the War,  until the 1970s, when these four books appeared. Two of these are novels, aimed at a juvenile audience and one an autobiography, by the “mother” of Japanese-American children’s books, Uchiko Uchida, who was interned with her family at Topaz, Utah. Jeanne Wakatsuki was just a child when she was interned at Manzanar. She later attended San Jose State College, where she met her novelist husband; together they wrote the best-selling memoir of the internment.

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