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The Immigrant Experience Through Literature: Non-fiction

Beyond the Narrow Gate
Beyond the Narrow Gate The Journey of Four Chinese Women From the Middle Kingdom to Middle America By Chang, Leslie (Book - 1999 ) 305.4889 C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Four immigrant Chinese women face hardships as they journey from East to West.

I Begin My Life All Over
I Begin My Life All Over The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience By Faderman, Lillian (Book - 1998 ) 305.8959 F and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A deeply moving oral history of the Hmongs' odyssey to the U.S.A.

Mortar in My Blood
Mortar in My Blood An Italian Odyssey By Puzio, Frank Mauro, 1921- (Book - 1996 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Family history pervaded by the importance of traditional values and heritage.

My Family
My Family The Jewish Immigrants By Beim, Norman (Book - 1997 ) 812 Beim and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Six powerful plays dealing with the immigrant experience.

New Strangers in Paradise
New Strangers in Paradise The Immigrant Experience and Contemporary American Fiction By Muller, Gilbert H., 1941- (Book - 1999 ) 813.009 M Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A guide to outstanding immigrant literature.

Tessie and Pearlie
Tessie and Pearlie A Granddaughter's Story By Horowitz, Joy (Book - 1996 ) 920.0092 H In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A loving tribute to the author's 93 year old Jewish grandmothers.

Tough Jews
Tough Jews By Cohen, Rich (Paperback - 1999 ) 364.3492 C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A unique time in the history of American Jewish immigration in New York.

Unfinished People
Unfinished People Eastern European Jews Encounter America By Gay, Ruth (Book - 1996 ) 305.8924 G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Essays and memoirs portray Jewish customs and traditions.

Zulu An Irish Journey By Mathieu, Joan, 1964- (Book - 1998 ) Available by request Availability details

Annotation:A social history of Irish immigrants based on the author's family story.

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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.


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