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Immigrant Stories (Nonfiction)

Nonfiction immigration stories, memoirs, and biographies

Outcasts United

An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference

By: Warren St. John
Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
Length: 12 hours 59 minutes

The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town

Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and... Read more

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The Immigrant Advantage

What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope

By: Claudia Kolker
Narrated by: Claudia Kolker
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes

Do you have a relative or friend who would gladly wait on you, hand and foot, for a full month after you had a baby? How about someone to deliver a delicious, piping hot home-cooked meal, just like your mother’s, right to your front door after work? Do you know people you’d trust enough to give several hundred dollars a month to, with no... Read more

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The Making of Asian America

A History

By: Erika Lee
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 15 hours 51 minutes

In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day.



An epic history of... Read more

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The Land of Open Graves

Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail

By: Jason De León
Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
Length: 11 hours 48 minutes

In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist Jason De León sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time—the human consequences of U.S. immigration policy. The Land of Open Graves reveals the suffering and deaths that occur daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to... Read more

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The Displaced

Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

By: Viet Thanh Nguyen (Editor)
Narrated by: Greta Jung & Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 5 hours 21 minutes

In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order.... Read more

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The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez

A Border Story

By: Aaron Bobrow-Strain
Narrated by: Aaron Bobrow-Strain & Frankie Corzo
Length: 13 hours 14 minutes

**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**

This program includes a chapter read by the author.

What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?


When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida’s mother... Read more

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The Making of a Dream

How a group of young undocumented immigrants helped change what it means to be American

By: Laura Wides-Muñoz
Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

“A sweeping chronicle of the immigrant rights movement. . . . Wides-Muñoz reminds us that thanks to the ability of young people to dream, what seems impossible today may yet prove achievable tomorrow.” —New York Times Book ReviewA journalist chronicles the next chapter in civil rights—the story of a movement and a nation, witnessed through the... Read more

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The Devil's Highway

A True Story

By: Luis Alberto Urrea
Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

This important book from a Pulitzer Prize finalist follows the brutal journey a group of men take to cross the Mexican border: "the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy" (The Atlantic).

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern... Read more

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La Travesía de Enrique

By: Sonia Nazario
Narrated by: Adriana Sananes
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

La travesia de Enrique cuenta de un nino abandonado por su madre que se marcha a los Estados Unidos en busca de una mejor calidad de vida. Sonia Nazaro, galardonada con el Premio Pulitzer por esta historia real, nos presenta la realidad que viven los inmigrantes en su peregrinar para lograr el sueno americano. La historia comienza en Honduras y... Read more

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The Line Becomes a River

Dispatches from the Border

By: Francisco Cantú
Narrated by: Francisco Cantú
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

“Cantu personalizes the U.S.-Mexican border and all of its complexity in a way I've never seen. His writing is beautiful, with haunting and detailed descriptions of the desert, the immigrants, the cartels, and his own fears about violence and identity confusion. The criminalization of searching for a better life and the dehumanization of the... Read more

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America for Americans

A History of Xenophobia in the United States

By: Erika Lee
Length: 13 hours 36 minutes

This definitive history of American xenophobia is "essential reading for anyone who wants to build a more inclusive society" (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist)

The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia. In America for Americans, Erika Lee shows that an... Read more

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One Mighty and Irresistible Tide

The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965

By: Jia Lynn Yang
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

The idea of the United States as a nation of immigrants is at the core of the American narrative. But in 1924, Congress instituted a system of ethnic quotas so stringent that it choked off large-scale immigration for decades, sharply curtailing arrivals from southern and eastern Europe and outright banning those from nearly all of Asia.

In a... Read more

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This Land Is Our Land

An Immigrant's Manifesto

By: Suketu Mehta
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

"Narrator Vikas Adam proves to be an excellent partner to author Suketu Mehta in this detailed and absorbing narrative...His facility with smooth pronunciation in a range of Indic and European languages and judiciously restrained use of sarcasm to relay irony combine to make a compelling book an even more compelling listen. The power of... Read more

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Learning to Die in Miami

Confessions of a Refugee Boy

By: Carlos M. N. Eire
Narrated by: Robert Fass
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

Carlos Eire's story of a boyhood uprooted by the Cuban Revolution quickly lures us in, as eleven-year-old Carlos and his older brother Tony touch down in the sun-dappled Miami of 1962—a place of daunting abundance where his old Cuban self must die to make way for a new, American self waiting to be born.



In this enchanting new work, narrated in... Read more

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The Good Immigrant

26 Writers Reflect on America

By: Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman
Narrated by: Full Cast
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, these "electric" essays come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, multivocal portrait of modern America (The Washington Post).  From Trump's proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching of white supremacists in Charlottesville, America is consumed by... Read more

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The Undocumented Americans

By: Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Narrated by: Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Length: 4 hours 53 minutes

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.

“Karla’s book sheds light on people’s personal experiences and allows their stories to be told and their voices to be... Read more

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Fairest

A Memoir

By: Meredith Talusan
Narrated by: Meredith Talusan
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction
 
"Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs." --The New York Times Book Review

"A ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival." --Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A love story with the heart of Austen... Read more

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Sigh, Gone

A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In

By: Phuc Tran
Narrated by: Phuc Tran
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

"Tran's story is an American immigration story, and so much more. His delivery is crisp and engaging, and maintains just the slightest element of whimsy...If you're a fan of memoirs and a fan of literature, this is a must- listen." -- AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the author.

For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong,... Read more

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Children of the Land

By: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Book of 2020
This unforgettable memoir from a prize-winning poet about growing up undocumented in the United States recounts the sorrows and joys of a family torn apart by draconian policies and chronicles one young man’s attempt to build a future in a nation that denies his existence. 

“You were not a... Read more

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This Is What America Looks Like

My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman

By: Ilhan Omar
Narrated by: Ilhan Omar
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

""Ilhan has been an inspiring figure well before her time in Congress. This book will give you insight into the person and sister that I see—passionate, caring, witty, and above all committed to positive change. It's an honor to serve alongside her in the fight for a more just world."" —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAn intimate and... Read more

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