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The King Is Always Above The People by Daniel Alarcon

A nominee for the 2017 National Book Award For Fiction, this collection of stories depicts Latin American life in Los Angeles....

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The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers.

The life of a daughter of famous Mexican celebrities is turned upside down when her mother accepts a Hollywood role in a TV sitcom as a maid. She must transition from wealth and privilege to a world where stereotypes are confronted and lessons in humility are learned....

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Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome-Poems & Songs Inspired By American Immigrants , edited by Deepak Chopra.

A keepsake-style book collecting poems and songs of a diverse group of immigrants who were inspired by their varied paths to American life....

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We Never Asked For Wings, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A story about a Mexican-American mother of two working three jobs in San Francisco who must navigate life after her parents leave for Mexico. She comes up with a plan to escape her dangerous neighborhood and intends to fight for a better life for her children, but can she stand up to the challenges that face her?...

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A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story by Tom Gjelten.

Essential reading, this 2015 book chronicles a single suburban county in Virginia that has radically changed with a large influx of immigrants from all over the globe. Despite all having different backgrounds, these people seek to fit into a country who holds the high ideal that all people are equal. The book also uses the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, its history, and its impact on American life as a backdrop and common thread in this journey through the melting pot of American life....

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8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier\'s Story From Immigrant to the Medal of Honor by Florent Groberg.

The true story of a French immigrant who enlisted in the US Army and selflessly risked his life to save others when he physically tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan....

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.

From the author of the best seller "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", this story follows a young couple who escape the horrors of war. The basic humanity of both the refugee and the host are on display and the story ponders the normalcy of migration....

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The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham.

When Ernesto Flores and his family move to the United States from El Salvador, he creates trouble by crossing a local gang and putting his identical twin brother, Raul in danger....

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No Other World, by Rahul Mehta.

A debut novel set in rural Western New York state where an American-born twelve year old jealously observes his all-American neighbors while growing up in a household of Indian immigrants. The boy and his family struggle with what it means to live in America with anxiety about one's own identity....

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From Far Away, by Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar.

This 1995 classic has been re-published and is an essential read for small children and teaching them empathy for immigrants. It follows the true story of Saoussan Askar who left her war torn home in Lebanon at age seven to Canada. When she sees skeleton decorations for Halloween, it triggers her experience of war and is the starting point for learning about different cultures. This is a masterpiece of empathy and understanding and recommended for parents who want to teach their children about the wider world and the experiences other children may have....

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The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

From Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, this is a collection of fiction short stories of Vietnamese immigrants adjusting to life in America, highlighting the differences in cultures and the common struggles that immigrants face....

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Evangelina Takes Flight, by Diana Noble.

A young adult story about Evangelina, a daughter on a Mexican farm in 1911, whose family flees to Texas out of fear of incoming revolutionaries. Their new home does not accept them and she must adjust to life in a new country. This story is also an excellent introduction to the Mexican Revolution as it serves the backdrop of the story....

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You Bring The Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins.

A young adult novel that follows five girls from three generations of East Indian descent as they explore sisterhood, love, friendship, and the challenges of cultural identity. This book is nominated for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People\'s Literature....

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For Love of the Dollar: A Portrait of the Artist as an Undocumented Immigrant, by J.M. Servin.

A hilarious and irreverent adventure of an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who seeks employment in America. A true story written by a Mexican journalist who gives an honest assessment of the American Dream....

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The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, by Helen Thorpe.

Twenty-two immigrant teenagers attended an English Acquisition Class at South High School in Denver, Colorado during the 2015-2016 school year and this book follows that particular class as they learn about American culture and how to speak the English language. Their background stories vary wildly from heart breaking to hopeful. This is an excellent book to see the real challenges and the baggage that immigrants must deal with....

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American Street, by Ibi Zoboi.

National Book Award Finalist and highly praised young adult novel featuring a young protagonist from Haiti who joins her family in an attempt to emigrate to America. Her parents are detained but she is allowed to move on to Detroit to experience America with her American cousins. A touch of magical realism and voodoo makes this a unique adventure....

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