Immigrant Stories: Nonfiction

What's it like to move your whole life to a new place? Read these true stories, personal experiences, opinions, and history

Updated June 5, 2023
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City of dreams : the 400-year epic history of immigrant New York
Anbinder, Tyler
A defining American story of millions of immigrants, hundreds of languages, and one great city New York has been America's city of immigrants for nearly four centuries. Growing from Peter Minuit's tiny settlement of 1626 to one with more than three million...
Conditional citizens : on belonging in America
Lalami, Laila 1968-
A New York Times Editors' Choice * Best Book of the Year: Time, NPR, Bookpage, L.A. Times What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize­­-finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely...
The far away brothers : two young migrants and the making of an American life
Markham, Lauren
The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California--fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. "Impeccably timed, intimately reported, and beautifully expressed."--The New York Times ...
Separated : inside an American tragedy
Soboroff, Jacob
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "The seminal book on the child-separation policy." --Rachel Maddow The award-winning NBC News correspondent lays bare the full truth behind America's systematic separation of families at the US-Mexico border. Los Angeles Times Book...
Solito : a memoir
Zamora, Javier
New York Times Bestseller * Read With Jenna Book Club Pick as seen on Today * Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiography * Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award A young poet tells the inspiring story of his ...

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