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Immigration Stories

The following titles, selected by the staff at Powell's Books, offer glimpses into the immigrant experience and reveal a rich national identity.

Americanah

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh /  17 hours 29 minutes

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find... Read More »

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The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

By Dinaw Mengestu
Narrated by Dion Graham /  6 hours 54 minutes

Ethiopian émigré author Dinaw Mengestu is a skilled observer of people who earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly for this colorful debut. Insightful and swiftly paced, this novel evokes past and present in the course of its compelling narrative. It’s the ’70s, and one D.C. neighborhood is undergoing big changes. In the mix is... Read More »

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The Book of Unknown Americans

A novel
By Cristina Henríquez
Narrated by Various /  9 hours 11 minutes

“A triumph of storytelling. Henríquez pulls us into the lives of her characters with such mastery that we hang on to them just as fiercely as they hang on to one another and their dreams. This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Díaz
Narrated by Jonathan Davis /  15 hours 58 minutes

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following... Read More »

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Brother I'm Dying

By Edwidge Danticat
Narrated by Robin Miles /  7 hours 51 minutes

From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her "second father," when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest brothers in New York City. As Edwidge made a life in a new... Read More »

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Exit West

A Novel
By Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by Mohsin Hamid /  4 hours 41 minutes

Exit West

“Exit West will take your breath away as it magically weaves together a story of falling in love while the world falls apart. Spirited Nadia captures the heart of the thoughtful Saeed, but as their different paths in life converge, ordinary life gives way to the insults of war. Mohsin Hamid conveys the story of these young refugees with tenderness, humanizing the horrors that we too often see as merely headlines. As chaos touches so many lives around the globe, Hamid writes eloquently of the beauty found in our struggle to survive. This is more than a timely story; this is a remarkable work of art.”

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Fresh Off the Boat

A Memoir
By Eddie Huang
Narrated by Eddie Huang /  7 hours 54 minutes

NOW AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON ABC • “Just may be the best new comedy of [the year] . . . based on restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name . . . [a] classic fresh-out-of-water comedy.”—People

“Bawdy and frequently hilarious . . . a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America . . . as much James Baldwin and... Read More »

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Little Failure

A Memoir
By Gary Shteyngart
Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross /  12 hours 46 minutes

After three acclaimed novels-- The Russian Debutante' s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story-- Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving... Read More »

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The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri
Narrated by Sarita Choudhury /  10 hours 8 minutes

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into... Read More »

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We Need New Names

A Novel
NoViolet Bulawayo
By NoViolet Bulawayo
8 hours 59 minutes

A remarkable literary debut--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.
Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and... Read More »

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