Quick Take: Manzanar to Mount Whitney - The Culture Files Blog - Los Angeles magazine

Quick Take: Manzanar to Mount Whitney

Hank Umemoto's memoir and hiking diary

Photograph courtesy niseiworld.com

In 1942, 14-year-old Hank Umemoto looked through the windows of his barracks at the Manzanar internment camp and dreamed of climbing Mount Whitney. Fifty-seven years later he did it. Equal parts memoir and hiking diary (Heydey, 224 pages, $17), the book’s Owens Valley landscapes give way to tales about Umemoto’s many lives: as janitor, dishwasher, skid row denizen, soldier, jeweler, and writer. 

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