Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-707-1950.
Fabiola Toussaint and her mother come to America from Haiti seeking the American dream. Fabiola moves in with her aunt and three powerful female cousins in Detroit after her mother is detained in Immigration. Missing her mother and trying to free her are the backdrop as Fabiola navigates the social hierarchy at school with her queen bee cousins, falls in love with sweet Kasim, and discovers the sources of her family’s income. As she begins to understand the sacrifices that have been made to create this American life, Fabiola must decide what she’ll sacrifice to free her mother. This powerful story, blending a gritty portrayal of urban life and drug culture, magical realism, Vodou culture, and the enduring bond of family, demonstrates that the American dream can sometimes turn into a nightmare. (Lisa Cosgrove-Davies. Fourteen and up.)
From 1892 through 1940, over a million Asian immigrants passed through Angel Island, an immigration station off the California coast where they carved their stories on the walls. Freedman uses primary sources to retell their stories of struggle against racism and anti-immigration.
A new version of the Yiddish folk tale in exhilarating repetitive rhyme joyfully portrays the events in a life of a new immigrant to America. Lively, sharp illustrations enhance and extend the text for the careful reader.
After her father’s assassination in a bloody coup, 15-year-old Laila must adapt to American life and reconcile her memories of privilege with an opposing worldview. An afterword by the author, a former undercover CIA agent, follows Siman and Benard’s expert narration of the story.
The last lines of Emma Lazarus’s poem about the plight of immigrants written for the campaign to fund the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty now grace a plaque at the statue’s entrance. Watercolors contrast scenes of Emma’s upper-class New York with those of newly-arrived immigrants.