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: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.
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:Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos, born in upper Manhattan to Cuban parents in 1951, reflects on his life and his writing.
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:The author describes many of the immigrant patients she has encountered over the years in her work as a doctor at Bellevue Hospital.
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:Social reformer and journalist Jacob Riis was himself an immigrant from Denmark, arriving in New York at the age of 21.
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.
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.
Annotation:In his classic memoir, Nuyorican poet Piri Thomas describes growing up on the perilous streets of Spanish Harlem in the mid 20th century.
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.