We Are New Yorkers: Immigrant Memoirs and Biographies
Annotation:This Library of America anthology spans the 17th to the 21st century with excerpts from works of fiction, poetry and memoirs written by immigrants to the United States.
Annotation:The food traditions and habits of five families who lived at 97 Orchard Street in the 19th century: the Glockers (Germany), the Moores (Ireland), the Gumpertzs (Germany), the Rogarshvskys (Lithuania) and the Baldizzis (Italy). 97 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is now the site of The Tenement Museum.
Annotation:A project of the Tenement Museum, "For Real" is an online comic that documents the lives of immigrant teens in New York today.
Annotation:Distinguished professor and author André Aciman came to New York at the age of 19. This is a memoir of his childhood in Alexandria, Egpyt and the story of three generations of his peripatetic Sephardic family.
Annotation:The son of Irish immigrants, journalist and author Pete Hamill explores the social and drinking culture of his Brooklyn Irish upbringing as he recounts his struggle with alcoholism.
Annotation:The rapper, songwriter, producer describes growing up in Haiti, Brooklyn and Newark, his rise to fame with the Fugees and his involvement in politics and relief efforts in Haiti.
Annotation:A year (2008-2009) in the life of a group of seniors in International High School in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, where all of the students are recent arrivals from other countries.
Annotation:Medical student Deo Niyizonkiza fled the genocide in Burundi in 1994, arriving in New York with almost nothing. Tracy Kidder describes his journey from homelessness to medical school and beyond.
Annotation:Biography of writer Anzia Yezierska, author of Bread Givers, Salome of the Tenements, Hungry Hearts and other stories depicting immigrant life on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century.
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Mostly memoirs plus a few biographies of immigrants and their children who have made New York their home at different times, from 19th century social reformer and journalist Jacob Riis to a group of very international high school seniors in Brooklyn in 2009.