Have you been out to the library or bookstore lately? I

Have you been out to the library or bookstore lately? I

5/28/2021, 6:17:21 PM
Have you been out to the library or bookstore lately? I have a lot of great bookstores near me, but last weekend I decided to make the trek out to an indie store in another city just to add some adventure to my day. I told the bookseller that I didn’t have anything specific in mind and she immediately recommended “ We Are Not Free” by Traci Chee to me. I know I’ve not kept up super well with all the book releases last year, but with this being a National Book Award finalist and a Printz Honor Book I feel like I was more out of touch than I originally thought since I had not seen it around. I bought this book immediately and plan to start it this weekend. I am so grateful to booksellers and librarians who put good books into my hands! Have you read this one? The bookseller said it was their bookstore’s book choice of the year last year and it takes place right here where I live in San Fransisco and is about the 10,000 people of Japanese ancestry that were forced into incarceration camps. My family did not come to the US from Japan until three months before I was born, and just thinking that these could have been my grandparents if they had been here at the time really changes the perspective in which I read this book. Synopsis: We Are Not Free, is the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II. Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco. Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted. Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps. In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart

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