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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)
A Novel

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release : 2020-01-21
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1250209773
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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#1 New York Times Bestseller OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK “Extraordinary.” —Stephen King “This book is not simply the great American novel; it’s the great novel of las Americas. It’s the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful.” —Sandra Cisneros También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams. Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to? American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times. Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

American Dirt

American Dirt
A Novel

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release : 2020-01-21
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781250209764
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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También de este lado hay sueños. On this side too, there are dreams. Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic", American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope. If it’s only a better life you seek, seek it elsewhere...This path is only for people who have no choice, no other option, only violence and misery behind you. And your journey will grow even more treacherous from here. Everything is working against you. —American Dirt Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to? American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. It is a page-turner, it is a literary achievement, it is filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

American Dirt

American Dirt

by JEANINE. CUMMINS

  • Publisher : Tinder Press
  • Release : 2021-02-18
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9781472261403
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'Breathtaking... I haven't been so entirely consumed by a book for years' Telegraph 'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE. Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the unforgettable story of a mother and son's attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. A sensation from the moment it published, it continues to create debate and ignite conversation globally. Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

Study Guide for Book Clubs: American Dirt

Study Guide for Book Clubs: American Dirt

by Kathryn Cope

  • Publisher : Kathryn Cope
  • Release : 2020-10-23
  • Pages : 46
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An essential tool for all reading groups! No reading group should be without this book club companion to Jeanine Cummins’s bestselling novel, American Dirt. This comprehensive guide includes useful background to the novel, a full plot summary, discussion of themes & symbols, detailed character notes, thought-provoking discussion questions, and even a quick quiz. Study Guides for Book Clubs are designed to help you get the absolute best from your book club meetings. They enable reading group members to appreciate their chosen book in greater depth than ever before. Please be aware that this is a companion guide and does not contain the full text of the novel.

My (Underground) American Dream

My (Underground) American Dream
My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive

by Julissa Arce

  • Publisher : Center Street
  • Release : 2016-09-13
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1455540250
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A National Bestseller! What does an undocumented immigrant look like? What kind of family must she come from? How could she get into this country? What is the true price she must pay to remain in the United States? JULISSA ARCE knows firsthand that the most common, preconceived answers to those questions are sometimes far too simple-and often just plain wrong. On the surface, Arce's story reads like a how-to manual for achieving the American dream: growing up in an apartment on the outskirts of San Antonio, she worked tirelessly, achieved academic excellence, and landed a coveted job on Wall Street, complete with a six-figure salary. The level of professional and financial success that she achieved was the very definition of the American dream. But in this brave new memoir, Arce digs deep to reveal the physical, financial, and emotional costs of the stunning secret that she, like many other high-achieving, successful individuals in the United States, had been forced to keep not only from her bosses, but even from her closest friends. From the time she was brought to this country by her hardworking parents as a child, Arce-the scholarship winner, the honors college graduate, the young woman who climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs-had secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant. In this surprising, at times heart-wrenching, but always inspirational personal story of struggle, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce takes readers deep into the little-understood world of a generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today- people who live next door, sit in your classrooms, work in the same office, and may very well be your boss. By opening up about the story of her successes, her heartbreaks, and her long-fought journey to emerge from the shadows and become an American citizen, Arce shows us the true cost of achieving the American dream-from the perspective of a woman who had to scale unseen and unimaginable walls to get there.

American Dirt

American Dirt
THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2020-01-21
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1472261380
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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*NOW A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME* 'Breathtaking... I haven't been so entirely consumed by a book for years' Telegraph 'I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE. Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is an unforgettable story of a mother and son's attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'impossible to put down' (Saturday Review) and 'essential reading' (Tracy Chevalier), it is a story that will leave you utterly changed. Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop. Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist. Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world. Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left. For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg. For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train. For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

SUMMARY Of AMERICAN DIRT

SUMMARY Of AMERICAN DIRT

by Helen Martins

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-03
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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About The Main Book American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins in a nutshell is a book about a mother and her kid that need to flee from the treachery of the cartels and escape Mexico. As their trip goes on, they meet numerous others with complex stories and their fates interweave in a ruthless but then moving story of boldness and flexibility. About the Summary This summary is a concise guide to the main book. It gives a comprehensive and well detailed summary to give readers a general overview and the main highlights of the original book. It is an Insight of the main book and enhances your understanding while studying the original work Note: This book is an unofficial summary designed to enrich your reading experience. It is not in any way aimed at replacing the original book

American Dirt Track Racer

American Dirt Track Racer

by Joe Scalzo

  • Publisher :
  • Release :
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9781610608053
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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One of the most evocative eras in the history of American motorsport was the golden age of dirt-track racing, when hairy-knuckled drivers duked it out in open-wheel racers on half-mile ovals around the country. This photographic history spans the classic era from 1946 to 1970, featuring vintage photography of the Champ and Sprint cars that were driven by men like A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Roger Ward and Bobby Unser for very little monetary reward. The technologies of the most successful and unusual cars are discussed as are specific races, circuits and some of the more colorful personalities of the period. Midget and track roadsters are also featured, along with period color photography.

American Dirt: Chapter Sampler

American Dirt: Chapter Sampler

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release : 2019-08-02
  • Pages : 27
  • ISBN : 125075108X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Download a free excerpt from Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt! También de este lado hay sueños. On this side too, there are dreams. Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic", American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope. If it’s only a better life you seek, seek it elsewhere...This path is only for people who have no choice, no other option, only violence and misery behind you. And your journey will grow even more treacherous from here. Everything is working against you. —American Dirt Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to? American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. It is a page-turner, it is a literary achievement, it is filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Summary: American Dirt a Novel

Summary: American Dirt a Novel

by Cosmic Publications

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-02-19
  • Pages : 100
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Considered to be one of 2020's greatest editorial successes, American Dirt written by Jeanine Cummins is on everyone's lips. With an incredibly alert plot, strong characters and unexpected twist of events, American Dirt is guaranteed to linger for a long time on its reader's minds. This summary of Jeanine Cummins' book American Dirt, completed by each chapter overview and added information about the author and her work, will take the reader through the violent journey which migrants face when trying to escape their home countries in search of a better tomorrow. This Summary contains truly insightful sections such as:- Book Summary Overview- Chapter by Chapter commentary- Trivia and background info about the author Jeanine Cummins - Story Plot Analysis - Major Symbols and Motifs- And Much Much More!!NOTE: This is an unofficial companion book to "American Dirt" a Novel by Jeanine Cummins. It is meant to enhance your reading experience and is NOT the ORIGINAL BOOK.

Summary of American Dirt

Summary of American Dirt

by Synopsis Reads

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-02-04
  • Pages : 56
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Note: This is a summary of Jeanine Cummins's NYT's bestseller, American Dirt. Current Rave reviews for American Dirt: "Extraordinary." - Stephen King "It's a heart-wrenching page-turner, and you won't be able to put it down."--Oprah Winfrey About the author: Jeanine Cummins is the author of four books: the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven, and the novels The Outside Boy, The Crooked Branch, and American Dirt. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. Why read the summary? This companion book includes the following sections: * Summary and Book Review that might shed light into juicy tidbits you might have missed! * Background Information About the Author so you know the master behind the scenes * Setting for the Story Analysis to enrich your reading experience * Detailed Character Analysis to deepen your relationship and understanding of the characters * Analysis of Symbols, Motifs, Themes, and beyond... * And much, much more! This companion book is a perfect supplement to the original novel, enhancing your reading experience like you've never thought possible! DISCLAIMER:We'd like to remind the reader that this is a summary of the original book meant to supplement your original reading.

A Rip in Heaven

A Rip in Heaven
A Memoir of Murder And Its Aftermath

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2004-06-01
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781440627910
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The acclaimed author of American Dirt reveals the devastating effects of a shocking tragedy in this landmark true crime book—the first ever to look intimately at the experiences of both the victims and their families. A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins’ story of a night in April, 1991, when her two cousins Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, were assaulted on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River just outside of St. Louis. When, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom managed to escape the attackers and flag down help, he thought the nightmare would soon be over. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their entire family were just at the beginning of a horrific odyssey through the aftermath of a violent crime, a world of shocking betrayal, endless heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was a trial by fire from which no family member would emerge unscathed.

The Crooked Branch

The Crooked Branch
A Novel

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2013-03-05
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1101615079
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the national bestselling author of American Dirt and A Rip in Heaven comes the deeply moving story of two mothers from two very different times. After the birth of her daughter Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home in Queens, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny—and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history. With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby? Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny’s past—and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself.

The Outside Boy

The Outside Boy
A Novel

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2010-06-01
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781101429679
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A poignant, coming of age novel about an Irish gypsy boy’s childhood in the 1950’s from the national bestselling author of A Rip in Heaven and American Dirt. Ireland, 1959: Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother’s death in childbirth. The wandering life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle briefly, in a town, where Christy and his cousin can receive proper schooling and prepare for their first communions. But still, always, they are treated as outsiders. As Christy struggles to find his way amid the more conventional lives of his new classmates, he starts to question who he is and where he belongs. But then the discovery of an old newspaper photograph, and a long-buried secret from his mother’s mysterious past, changes his life forever....

American Dirt: Chapter Sampler

American Dirt: Chapter Sampler

by Jeanine Cummins

  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release : 2019-08-02
  • Pages : 27
  • ISBN : 125075108X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Download a free excerpt from Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt! También de este lado hay sueños. On this side too, there are dreams. Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic", American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope. If it’s only a better life you seek, seek it elsewhere...This path is only for people who have no choice, no other option, only violence and misery behind you. And your journey will grow even more treacherous from here. Everything is working against you. —American Dirt Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to? American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. It is a page-turner, it is a literary achievement, it is filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Paperback - American Dirt

Paperback - American Dirt
A Novel

by Omen KING

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-10-07
  • Pages : 373
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"This book is not simply the great American novel; it's the great novel of las Americas. It's the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful."Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy―two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia―trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier's reach doesn't extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

by Pam Houston

  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 2019-01-29
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0393285499
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us." On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect. In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."

Summary and Analysis of

Summary and Analysis of
American Dirt

by Book Tigers

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-05-03
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF: American Dirt by Jeanine CumminsThis is not intended to replace the original book, but to serve as a companion to it and provide you with an excellent reading experience. The "Summary and Analysis" collection by Book Tigers Publishing is the perfect way to take advantage of some of the best-selling books available, whilst saving time.Each summary and Analysis contains carefully selected the most important information that will help you understand the basic ideas and expand your knowledge quickly. ABOUT THE BOOK: American Dirt is a must-read if you want a story that you can connect to through each and every character. Whether you have immigrants in your family history or simply know the term, this book takes the reader on an exciting journey from a violent hit to freedom for some. With immigration at the forefront of the minds of so many, it is easier to believe there is never a reason to enter a country illegally, but this book offers a challenge to that perspective.Put yourself in the shoes of each and every character, imagining what you would do. Ask yourself whether you could make the heart wrenching, physically exhausting journey with success. Wonder what you are willing to give up for a better life. This book will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Includes: Book Summary Overview Chapter by Chapter Analysis Story Plot Analysis Main and Secondary Character List Background Information about the book Thought-Provoking Discussion Questions And much more Why you must read, the Book Tigers Summary and Analysis books: Provides you accurate, precise, and insightful information with the best quality Summary and Analysis books. Team of professional native-English writers and editors committed to provides you the best reading experience. Includes Bonus material to keep your mind at the top! DISCLAIMER: This is an UNOFFICIAL summary and analysis and not the original book.It designed to record all the key points of the original book.It helps you get an overview before or after reading the original book.

Dominicana

Dominicana
A Novel

by Angie Cruz

  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release : 2019-09-03
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1250205921
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK Shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction “Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed.” —Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair “Gorgeous writing, gorgeous story.” —Sandra Cisneros Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn’t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by Cesar, Juan’s free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay. As the Dominican Republic slides into political turmoil, Juan returns to protect his family’s assets, leaving Cesar to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, see a movie at Radio City Music Hall, go dancing with Cesar, and imagine the possibility of a different kind of life in America. When Juan returns, Ana must decide once again between her heart and her duty to her family. In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Angie Cruz's Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

Caste (Oprah's Book Club)
The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2020-08-04
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 0593230264
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. “As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.” In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.