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Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Graphic Novels

Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Graphic Novels

Lynn: Like the picture books in our earlier post, several graphic novels published this year also offer the opportunity to walk in the shoes of refugees and immigrants. Aimed at middle-school and teen readers, these books combine outstanding text and dramatic visual images to provide reading experiences that make a deep emotional impact. The Unwanted: […]

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Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Picture Books

Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Picture Books

Lynn: How do we talk to children about refugees, immigrants, and all the related issues dominating the news? It seems to us a large number of adults don’t even understand the horrifying situations that have forced masses of desperate people to flee their homelands—so how can we help young people understand this serious issue while […]

Trend Alert: Soccer and “Shithole Countries”
By January 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Trend Alert: Soccer and “Shithole Countries”

As the President of the United States dignifies the discussion of immigration by referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and various African nations as “shithole countries,” immigration is very much on my mind—for a much different reason. A recent story in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the triumph of the Sullivan High School soccer team, a group […]

Lady Liberty On the Move: HER RIGHT FOOT

Lady Liberty On the Move: HER RIGHT FOOT

Lynn: Every now and then, a book comes along that makes us want to cheer and wave wildly. Picture us doing that right now for Her Right Foot (2017), by Dave Eggers. Full of fascinating facts about the iconic Statue of Liberty, it tells us the statue turned green around 1920, and that it was shipped […]

How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Four: Bluffing Your Way through Contemporary Lit

How to Survive a Party With English Majors, Part Four: Bluffing Your Way through Contemporary Lit

(Click to read “Part One: The Nineteenth Century,” “Part Two: Modernism,” and “Part Three: Postmodernism.”) Usually, undergrads are so caught up in the classics that their contemporary lit game is embarrassingly weak. The most pretentious of them won’t even pick up a novel published in the twenty-first century unless it’s been extensively analyzed, venerated, republished, and […]

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We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

We’re Still Discovering America: Modern Immigrant Fiction

I just finished reading the wonderful The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez. It’s a multi-voiced, literary gem—think The Tortilla Curtain (1995) meets Light in the Piazza (with a whisper of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007). It reminded me of some of the other great American immigrant fiction of the past few decades. […]

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