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Somewhere We Are Human

Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings

by Reyna Grande, Sonia Guiñansaca, Viet Thanh Nguyen

On Sale: 06/06/2023

Price: $18.99

Somewhere We Are Human

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Somewhere We Are Human

Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings

by Reyna Grande, Sonia Guiñansaca, Viet Thanh Nguyen

On Sale: 06/06/2023

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Price: $18.99

About the Book

""Wide-ranging yet consistently affecting, these pieces offer a crucial and inspired survey of the immigrant experience in America."" –Publishers Weekly

"[These contributions] touch on so many different facets of the immigrant experience that readers will find much to ponder... [and] experience how creative writing enriches our understanding of each other and our lives." –Booklist

Introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen

A unique collection of 41 groundbreaking essays, poems, and artwork by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today.

In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this complex issue. The immigrants and refugees living precariously in the United States are mothers and fathers, children, neighbors, and friends. Individuals propelled by hope and fear, they gamble their lives on the promise of America, yet their voices are rarely heard.

This anthology of essays, poetry, and art seeks to shift the immigration debate—now shaped by rancorous stereotypes and xenophobia—towards one rooted in humanity and justice. Through their storytelling and art, the contributors to this thought-provoking book remind us that they are human still. Transcending their current immigration status, they offer nuanced portraits of their existence before and after migration, the factors behind their choices, the pain of leaving their homeland and beginning anew in a strange country, and their collective hunger for a future not defined by borders.

Created entirely by undocumented or formerly undocumented migrants, Somewhere We Are Human is a journey of memory and yearning from people newly arrived to America, those who have been here for decades, and those who have ultimately chosen to leave or were deported. Touching on themes of race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, politics, and parenthood, Somewhere We Are Human reveals how joy, hope, mourning, and perseverance can take root in the toughest soil and bloom in the harshest conditions.

Critical Praise

"Wide-ranging yet consistently affecting, these pieces offer a crucial and inspired survey of the immigrant experience in America." — Publishers Weekly

"A timely and necessary text ... [Somewhere We Are Human] proves that very different voices telling unique stories can, when presented together, become a very cohesive, very humane manifesto." — San Francisco Chronicle

"[These contributions] touch on so many different facets of the immigrant experience that readers will find much to ponder... [and] experience how creative writing enriches our understanding of each other and our lives."
Booklist

"An innovative, artful collection of diverse, undocumented voices." — Kirkus Reviews

"[Somewhere We Are Human is] a tapestry of diverse experiences and perspectives that mirror the vast and complex realities of migration, which often get lost or erased from the conversation ... Even if you think you’ve heard these stories before, you haven’t really until you’ve read them as told in their own words and in their own terms."

Mother Jones

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063095786
  • ISBN 10: 0063095785
  • Imprint: HarperVia
  • On Sale: 06/06/2023
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.000 in (d)
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: $18.99
  • BISAC1 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration