With so many recent news stories coming from the Mexican-American border, I’ve turned to books to learn more about the ongoing crisis and the individuals affected. While immigrant policies have changed rapidly over the past 30 years, these stories, stemming from immigration in the 1980s to the present, are a powerful representation of the trials of Central American immigrants and the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border.
JUST LIKE US is a powerful account of four young Mexican American women coming of age in Denver. All 4 girls were born in Mexico and have grown up in the United States, but only 2 have documents. Helen Thorpe offers insight into both the most powerful and the most vulnerable members of American society as they grapple with the same dilemma: Who gets to live in America? And what happens when we don’t agree?
Read the full review of THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US.
Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.