Grace Talusan - The Body Papers & Aaron Bobrow-Strain - The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Body Papers

Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Talusan’s memoir is a powerful testament to resilience, hope, and—for better and worse—family. When she and her parents immigrated from the Philippines to Boston in the 1970s, they seemed to have fulfilled the American Dream of a thriving middle-class life. But after Talusan’s father’s student visa expired they lived in fear of deportation for a decade. Talusan herself, mistaken for Chinese at school, felt alienated from her white classmates and, worse, was abused by her grandfather at home. Later she discovered other threads of violence in her family’s past as well as a genetic predisposition to cancer. Facing this painful legacy with courage and compassion, Talusan was able to thrive as a student, then as a teacher and a remarkable storyteller.


The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez

A professor of politics at Whitman College, Bobrow-Strain worked on the U.S. border as an activist and educator in the 1990s and is a founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Washington State. His book draws on years of field research to give a powerful and intimate account of the realities of immigration as experienced by one woman. Aida Hernandez, born in 1987, lived in Agua Prieta, Mexico, until she was nine. Then her mother, escaping an abusive marriage, took her to Douglas, Arizona, crossing a border that was little more than a worn-down fence. Aida married and had a child with an American citizen but, still undocumented, was deported in 2008. Her battle to regain her life in the United States give an in-depth, emotional glimpse into detention centers, immigration courts, and more.


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The Body Papers: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632061836
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Restless Books - April 9th, 2019

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374191979
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 16th, 2019

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