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Nonfiction Books to Celebrate NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

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Immigrant Heritage Week is a city-wide celebration that honors the experiences and contributions of immigrants in New York City established in 2004 and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The New York Public Library joins in on the celebration by featuring free events through the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. 
We are highlighting a selection of nonfiction titles in the top four NYC languages that explore the immigrant experience. Read and discover the fascinating journeys that each unique personal story tells, and find the experiences that also bring us together. If you'd like to read fiction books about the immigrant experience, check out this list. Do you have any other titles to recommend? Please tell us in the comments!
Speacial thanks to Alexandra Gomez, Candice Walcott, and Yolande Shelton for collaborating on creating this World Languages list.


I'll Never Change My Name

I'll Never Change My Name by Valentin Chmerkovskiy


8 Seconds of Courage

8 Seconds of Courage by Flo Groberg and Tom Sileo


An American Family

An American Family by Khizr Khan


For Love of the Dollar

For Love of the Dollar by J.M. Servin, translated by Anthony Seidman


International Express

International Express by Sté phanie Tonnelat


The Far Away Brothers

The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham


My (Underground) American Dream

My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Acre


Patriot Number One

Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers



Stranger by Jorge Ramos


World of Our Fathers by Irving Howe







阿里巴巴 : 物流電商雙11, 馬雲改變13億人的生活方式 (Alibaba : The House that Jack Ma Built) by Duncan Clark






帝国的后门 by Sasha Gong







美國原來如此: 走進偉大與荒唐共存的大國日常 (America as We See It) by Kelai'er (Claire Fluellen)






邓文迪 : 女人明白要趁早 by Lüqing Zhang







燈火紐約說人物 戏梦纽约 (My Lustrous Life) by Longzhang Zhou






Наши за границей, или Русские эмигранты в Америке

Наши за границей, или Русские эмигранты в Америке by Liana Alverdova


 глазами русских американцев

США, pro et contra : глазами русских американцев by Vladimir Solov'ev


 история одной судьбы

Черный русский : история одной судьбы by Vladimir E. Alexandrov



И это вс̈е Америка by L.N. Zakashanskiĭ







Mi país inventado

Mi país inventado by Isabel Allende


Entre las sombras del sueño americano

Entre las sombras del sueño Americano by Julissa Arce


Una reina sin medidas

Una reina sin medidas by Paula Arcila


 el viaje de una joven norcoreana hacia la libertad

Escapar para vivir : el viaje de una joven norcoreana hacia la libertad by Yeonmi Park


 historias de nuestra gente

La mesa: historias de nuestra gente by León Krauze


Ellis Island

Ellis Island by Barry Moreno


 historias de vida más allá de la frontera

Nosotros los dreamers: historias de vida más allá de la frontera by Josefina Vázquez Mota


 una guía informativa de Univision

Inmigración: las nuevas reglas: la que debes saber para vivir y permanecer legalmente en Estados Unidos: una guía informativa de Univision by Armando A. Olmedo


Oye, Trump

Oye, Trump by Andrés Manuel López Obrador


 el desafío de un inmigrante latino en la era de Trump

Stranger: el desafío de un inmigrante latino en la era de Trump by Jorge Ramos



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