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The Immigrant Experience Through Literature: For Young Adults

The extraordinary ethnic diversity of the United States is due to the vast numbers of immigrants who have settled here. Many Americans today grew up listening to stories from their parents or grandparents about what it was like to come to a new country and struggle to build a life for themselves and their families. In relocating from one country to another, newcomers have had to find a way to make a living, in addition to adjusting to an unfamiliar culture and often a new language. Through expressive novels, short stories, poetry, plays, biographies and memoirs that have been recently published, the books on this list describe the immigrant experience by those who have lived it.

NYPL Selection
Almost A Woman

By Santiago, Esmeralda

Almost A Woman
Almost A Woman

By Santiago, Esmeralda

Negi moves from Puerto Rico to Brooklyn and falls in love.

Book - 1998

The Circuit

By Jiménez, Francisco

The Circuit
The Circuit

By Jiménez, Francisco

A family's odyssey of impermanence, poverty and hope.

Paperback - 1997

The Colors of Freedom

By Bode, Janet

The Colors of Freedom
The Colors of Freedom

By Bode, Janet

Fears, dreams, recipes, photos and more from immigrant teens.

Book - 1999

The Cook's Family

By Yep, Laurence

The Cook's Family
The Cook's Family

By Yep, Laurence

Robin discovers her Chinese heritage.

Book - 1998

Desert Flower

By Dirie, Waris

Desert Flower
Desert Flower

By Dirie, Waris

A young girl tries to flee her culture's traditions.

Book - 1998

Las Christmas

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Las Christmas
Las Christmas

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Celebrated Latino authors recount their memories of Christmas.

Book - 1998

Remix

By Budhos, Marina Tamar

Remix
Remix

By Budhos, Marina Tamar

Finding their way in America.

Book - 1999

Something to Declare

By Alvarez, Julia

Something to Declare
Something to Declare

By Alvarez, Julia

Alvarez learns to write about her heritage.

Book - 1998

The Year of Our Revolution

By Cofer, Judith Ortiz

The Year of Our Revolution
The Year of Our Revolution

By Cofer, Judith Ortiz

Even in America there is a price to pay for love.

Book - 1998