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In his impressive debut, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border, Francisco Cantú tells two stories—the first about the author’s life as a U.S. border patrol agent in the Southwest, and the second about his return to civilian life and the unexpected friendship he forges with an undocumented immigrant whose family is shattered by deportation. The highly charged politics around immigration are a quiet backdrop to the more profound human questions Cantú explores: how, as the grandson of a Mexican immigrant, he manages to remain dispassionate while he rounds up men, women, and children attempting to cross the border, along with drug runners and smugglers, and then how he can’t escape his own anguish when he begins to reckon with his complicity in a system he realizes is brutal and unjust. Woven throughout are recurring dreams and nightmares, replete with animal metaphors, which add even more edge to his powerful tale. An important book for these times.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217713
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

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The psycho-drama of the moment, A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window, is an edgy, plot-twisting murder mystery whose extremes are at once far-fetched and entirely believable. The protagonist is a therapist who, we slowly piece together, suffered a terrible family calamity that left her in the grips of pills, booze, and a paralyzing fear of going outside. While the incessant consumption of pills and booze becomes a bit wearying as the novel moves along, the mystery about the murder – or was it really a murder? – is what is most addictive and irresistible. Even when you think you’ve figured the whole thing out, you haven’t. An entertaining, and at times nerve-racking read.

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ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 2nd, 2018

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With all of the static across our country and in Washington about immigration, refugees, and the place of “newcomers” in our society, there is no more relevant nor more timely book right now than this. Thorpe spent a year at South High School in Denver in a class designated for “newcomers” – children who have arrived in the United States as refugees, usually from conflict or war zones, often having had serious lapses in schooling, and with virtually no resources. Her year-long immersion in the lives of the students, their families, and the teachers and school administrators produced a rich chronicle of how children work to adapt to a new place, culture, and system. As with her two previous books about people in transition, Thorpe tells this story with insight, compassion, and urgency. A must read as the immigration debate rages on in our country.

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ISBN: 9781501159091
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 14th, 2017

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