The Immigrant Experience Through Literature: Biography and Memoir

The Alphabet in My Hands
The Alphabet in My Hands A Writing Life By Agosín, Marjorie Book - 2000 B Agosin

Annotation:The granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, who fled the Nazis, describes her journey from Chile to Georgia.

Barefoot Heart
Barefoot Heart Stories of A Migrant Child By Hart, Elva Treviño Book - 1999 B Hart

Annotation:The daughter of Mexican immigrants recounts her family's struggle to stay together.

Becoming American
Becoming American Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women Book - 2000

Annotation:Twenty-three women from a variety of countries describe their experiences.

Annotation:A Colombian street kid manages to bring his family to the US.

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:The tragic life of an Armenian immigrant who won fame as an expressionistic painter.

Annotation:A Chilean expatriate's quest for identity.

I Love Gootie
I Love Gootie My Grandmother's Story By Apple, Max Book - 1998 B Apple All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Recollections of the times the author spent with his Lithuanian grandmother.

In Jewish Texas
In Jewish Texas A Family Memoir By Ely, Stanley E. Book - 1998 B Ely E In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The author's family and friends immigrate to Galveston, Texas.

The Jew Store
The Jew Store By Suberman, Stella Book - 1998 B Suberman All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A Russian immigrant's search for a place to settle his family and find his fortune.

José Limón
José Limón An Unfinished Memoir By Limón, José Book - 1998? B Limón and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Born in Culiacán, México, the dancer is reborn in Doris Humphrey's studio.

Kinship A Family's Journey in Africa and America By Wamba, Philippe E., 1971- Book - 1999 929.2097 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A combination of history and memoir by an African American journalist.

Letters of Transit
Letters of Transit Reflections on Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss Book - 1999 304.8092 L

Annotation:Essays by five outstanding authors on the experience of exile.

Miriam's Kitchen
Miriam's Kitchen A Memoir By Ehrlich, Elizabeth Book - 1997 B Ehrlich

Annotation:The author connects with the past by recounting memories and preserving recipes.

Out of Place
Out of Place A Memoir By Said, Edward W. Book - 1999 B Said and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The author, now an American citizen, reflects on his Palestinian childhood.

Paper Daughter
Paper Daughter A Memoir By Mar, M. Elaine, 1966- Book - 1999 B Mar Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A young Chinese woman struggles to shape her identity.

Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation
Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation By Santos, John Phillip Book - 1999 B Santos Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A Mexican American journalist explores his family's history.

Polite Lies
Polite Lies On Being A Woman Caught Between Cultures By Mori, Kyoko, 1957 Mar. 9- Book - 1997 B Mori and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In beautifully written essays, Mori examines the ways in which truth is circumvented in America and in her native Japan.

Remembering Ahanagran
Remembering Ahanagran Storytelling in A Family's Past By White, Richard, 1947- Book - 1998 In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Oral recollections of the author's Irish mother, who immigrated to Chicago in 1935.

Scattering the Ashes
Scattering the Ashes By Boza, María del Carmen Book - 1998 B Boza

Annotation:Boza describes her unhappy childhood within a Cuban exile family in Miami.

A Song for Mary
A Song for Mary An Irish-American Memory By Smith, Dennis, 1940- Book - 1999

Annotation:Reminiscence of an Irish boyhood on Manhattan's East Side soon after World War II.

'Tis A Memoir By McCourt, Frank Book - 1999

Annotation:A poverty-stricken, uneducated Irish immigrant becomes a New York schoolteacher. Sequel to Angela's Ashes.

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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.