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Teaser Tuesday: Farewell to Manzanar


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• On your blog or other social media, share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday. Post a link at www.ThePurpleBooker.com/ as a response to the week's Teaser Tuesday.

I just finished rereading Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's memoir of the years she spent from ages seven to eleven at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. In this passage, on page 109, Jeanne describes her fascination with baton twirling, a skill she learned at the camp, and wonders what drew her to the activity.

"'I wonder, because of all the activities I tried out in camp, this was the one I stayed with, in fact returned to almost obsessively when I entered high school in Southern California a few years later. By that time I was desperate to be 'accepted,' and baton twirling was one trick I could perform that was thoroughly, unmistakably American — putting on the boots and a dress crisscrossed with braid, spinning the silver stick and tossing it high to the tune of a John Philip Sousa march."

― Farewell to Manzanar,
by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston