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We Are New Yorkers: Immigrant Memoirs and Biographies

Becoming Americans
Becoming Americans Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing (Book - 2009 ) 810.8 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

97 Orchard
97 Orchard An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement By Ziegelman, Jane (Book - 2010 ) 394.1209 Z and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

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.

Out of Egypt
Out of Egypt A Memoir By Aciman, André (Paperback - 2007 ) B Aciman and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

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.

Something to Declare
Something to Declare By Alvarez, Julia (Book - 1998 ) 814 Alvarez and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Essays by acclaimed Dominican American author Julia Alvarez on her life and her writing.

Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise How I Became Latina By Cepeda, Raquel (Book - 2013 ) B Cepeda C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Award-winning journalist, filmmaker and writer Raquel Cepeda explores her Latin American roots.

From A High Place
From A High Place A Life of Arshile Gorky By Spender, Matthew (Book - 1999 ) B Gorky S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Biography of the Armenian born abstract painter who escaped the Turkish massacre of 1915 and ultimately became a major figure in the New York art world.

Them
Them A Memoir of Parents By Gray, Francine du Plessix (Book - 2005 ) 929.2097 G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The author's biography of her parents, Russian emigrés who became important figures in the New York cultural world.

A Drinking Life
A Drinking Life A Memoir By Hamill, Pete, 1935- (Book - 1994 ) B Hamill H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Thoughts Without Cigarettes
Thoughts Without Cigarettes A Memoir By Hijuelos, Oscar (Book - 2011 ) B Hijuelos H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos, born in upper Manhattan to Cuban parents in 1951, reflects on his life and his writing.

Hello, America
Hello, America By Jackson, Livia Bitton (Book - 2005 ) B Jackson Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In this third volume of her autobiography, Czech born Livia Bitton Jackson describes her arrival in New York with her mother at the age of 13 in 1951.

Purpose
Purpose An Immigrant's Story By Jean, Wyclef (Book - 2012 ) B Jean J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

'Tis
'Tis A Memoir By McCourt, Frank (Book - 1999 ) B McCourt and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In the sequel to "Angela's Ashes," Frank McCourt describes his life in America, beginning in 1949 with his arrival in New York at the age of 19.

Daughter of Heaven
Daughter of Heaven A Memoir With Earthly Recipes By Li, Leslie, 1945- (Book - 2005 ) B Li and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:The American born Leslie Li comes to terms with her Chinese heritage in this memoir of food and family.

Medicine in Translation
Medicine in Translation Journeys With My Patients By Ofri, Danielle (Book - 2009 ) B Ofri O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The author describes many of the immigrant patients she has encountered over the years in her work as a doctor at Bellevue Hospital.

The New Kids
The New Kids Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at A High School for Immigrant Teens By Hauser, Brooke (Book - 2011 ) 373.18 H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Strength in What Remains
Strength in What Remains By Kidder, Tracy (Book - 2009 ) B Niyizonkiza K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

The Other Half
The Other Half The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America By Buk-Swienty, Tom, 1966- (Book - 2008 ) 974.7041 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Social reformer and journalist Jacob Riis was himself an immigrant from Denmark, arriving in New York at the age of 21.

Out of Place
Out of Place A Memoir By Said, Edward W. (Book - 1999 ) B Said and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The eminent Palestinian American scholar reflects on his childhood in the Middle East.

The Factory of Facts
The Factory of Facts By Sante, Luc (Book - 1998 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The author of "Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York," whose family immigrated to New York when he was a child, travels to Belgium as an adult to explore his heritage.

When I Was Puerto Rican
When I Was Puerto Rican By Santiago, Esmeralda (Book - 1993 ) B Santiago S and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 24

Annotation:The author tells the story of her childhood in Puerto Rico and her teenage years in New York. Her story continues in Almost a Woman.

Down These Mean Streets
Down These Mean Streets By Thomas, Piri, 1928- (Book - 1997 ) 974.71 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:In his classic memoir, Nuyorican poet Piri Thomas describes growing up on the perilous streets of Spanish Harlem in the mid 20th century.

When the Spirits Dance Mambo
When the Spirits Dance Mambo Growing up Nuyorican in El Barrio By Vega, Marta Moreno (Book - 2004 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Music and mysticism play important roles in a young girl's coming of age in Spanish Harlem in the 1950s.

The Tenement Writer
The Tenement Writer An Immigrant's Story By Sonder, Ben, 1954- (Book - 1993 ) B Yezierska S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.


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