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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What makes Americanah so fascinating, is not the story itself, but the thought-provoking conceptions about racism as presented from differing perspectives. Ifemelu is a Nigerian woman who migrates to America to pursue an Ivy League education. While there, she begins … Continue reading

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The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

I loved this heartbreaking tale of two star-crossed teenagers, who find each other in a low-income apartment block filled with immigrants like themselves.  Maribel came on the back of a truck with her family from Mexico, in the hopes of … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

All I can say after reading this book is “Wow!”  With Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano creates a work of historical fiction out of the true story of her Italian immigrant great grandmother, Giovanna, who settled in New York City’s lower … Continue reading

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Homeland by John Jakes

Homeland is the first in John Jakes series about the Crown family, a story of German-American immigrants from the 19th century.  As the story opens, young Paul Crown barely escapes starvation to arrive in America where, he again, barely escapes … Continue reading

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In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

A young Afghan boy seeks out of better life by first immigrating to Iran, and ultimately ends up in Italy.  His journey is harrowing and touching.  In the Sea there are Crocodiles is the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari. Fabio … Continue reading

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On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

Written in 1994, On Gold Mountain is the historical account of Lisa See’s own Chinese family.  She begins with her great-grandfather’s journey from China to the United States while still in his teens.  I greatly enjoyed reading about 19th century … Continue reading

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The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

What a marvelous storyteller Adriana Trigiani is!  Just when I needed a good, pull-me-in kind of book, I sat down to read The Shoemaker’s Wife and fell in love with the characters of Enza and Ciro. The novel begins when … Continue reading

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