American Dirt

American Dirt

Book - 2020
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ReadingAdviser_Lori Oct 21, 2020

This is an eye-opening book about the multitude of dangers that migrants face every day. It is also a story about a mother's love for her son and the strength of the human spirit.

Oct 19, 2020

This story reads like a work of nonfiction: real to life and accurate. It is a story about illegall immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Specifically, it is about a woman, her 8 year old son, and two teenage girls who are fleeing the violence in their communities. This novel was well researched. PLUS, it is a great read--never a boring moment.

Oct 15, 2020

A moving story, I couldn't put it down. I believe the author achieved her goal in writing this novel.

Oct 12, 2020

Just the best read I've had for a very long time.

Oct 02, 2020

It is uncanny that this book was written before the 'Caravans' became a reality. Lydia and Luca escape death in Acapulco since they were in the Bathroom when members of a Drug Cartel came and brutally shot fifteen members of their family. Since then they are on the run with one goal - to reach the United States. Will they do it? Will they live the dream? You will have to read the book - probably in one sitting - to find out and it will be well worth it.

Sep 30, 2020

Wonderful book. Important book. Changed the way I view the immigrant journey.

Sep 27, 2020

Fascinating, suspenseful and skillfully written!

Sep 14, 2020

I gave this book a five star rating because it is so relevant for today. Everyone needs to read this book. This is a book about a courageous mother who goes to any links to protect her son from death. It happens that this mother is a bookstore owner in Acapulco who is a target of a drug cartel. She does not know who she can trust so she goes as underground as she can get and begins a journey to the US as a migrant. She meets other migrants from other parts of Latin America. This is their story.

This book puts a human face on what is, for many Americans, just a political talking point. The reader learns so many things about a migrant's journey to the US that we never think about. The book is not easy reading at time. In fact, it is riveting but it kept me up a night. Usually, I read to relax before I go to sleep. But after reading the book I could not sleep. I would lay there and think about what Lydia was going through. I would think about the other migrants she meets. I would think about who might be a member of the cartel and revealing her location. I read this book in five days because I could not put it down.

I am not suggesting any solutions nor does the book. You need to read the author's note at the end. She talks about her grandmother's experiences in the '40s as an immigrant and her husband's journey to get a green card. I hope the reader comes away from reading this with more information than they had before.

Sep 13, 2020

One of the best books I've read recently. This mother stops at nothing to escape and protect her son. Very captivating and engaging. I couldn't put it down.

Sep 05, 2020

Difficult story to read. Well written.

Sep 03, 2020

This book was really good and kept me intrigued. I learned a lot about the journey and passage migrants make to flee dangerous and life threatening situations in their home countries. I'm looking for other recommended books based on those similar to this one!

Sep 03, 2020

This is a book that the author herself admitted she should never have written. This is not her story to tell and when questioned about it she evaded the question and argued that because her husband is an immigrant she understood what its like to be at Latinx immigrant. That was a gross injustice to all immigrants because Irish immigrants do not experience anywhere near the same hatred and racism that those from Latin America do. Its also unfair to the many authors who wrote Own Voices narratives that this author received a seven figure payout for trauma porn. I highly recommend reading The Undocumented Americans instead and stop reading this book

Aug 29, 2020

I just wasted 4 hours of my life on this book. Can I have those hours back? Nope.

Don’t waste your precious time on this book.

Aug 24, 2020

compelling story of migrates running to 'the north' to escape for their life. Very well written to have you relate to the characters and the flight. Eye opening! Takes place around 2016 as Trump 'thoughts' shown in book.

Aug 23, 2020

5 stars. This was a terrific read, very intense. Imagine you had a lovely life with your husband and son and extended family and business. And imagine if some gunmen came in and killed most of your family and you and your son had to leave everything behind and run for your life. Imagine putting your life in the hands of others, every day a danger, trying to get north to safety. That's the story of Lydia and her son Luca as they leave the brutality of life in Acapulco, Mexico on the run from the cartel who killed 16 of your family in one brutal day. Lydia and Luca begin a journey to get to the US and hopefully, freedom. This book was a compulsive page turner with wonderfully written characters and situations. At times brutal, it was a reality check on what really happens in the world and put faces to the people in the newspapers who actually experienced this kind of journey. Such a good read.

Aug 21, 2020

One of the best books I have read in a very long time. A real eye opener.

TSCPL_Sherry Jul 26, 2020

This is a quick-paced story with correlations to current events of migrants traveling to the United States from Mexico. Lydia's character is easy to relate to. I was taken in by her strength and courage as well as her quick-thinking for survival for her and her eight-year old son.

Jul 25, 2020

This is good book. The characters kept me turning the pages. Even though this is a work of fiction it is probably more than one persons true story, anyone who does not believe or understand what migrants go through to get to another country, why they make the choice to come to a better place, needs to read this book as though it were true. Thank you to the author for writing what needed to be written, I am looking forward to her next work.

HerrickDL_Laura Jul 21, 2020

Fast-paced and heartbreaking. The human instinct to survive despite all odds kept me turning pages.

Jul 14, 2020

Very good

Jul 08, 2020

Looks like I'm late to the party. Heard about the book today on The Five. A link to the Washington Post book reviewer informed me that the author had to cancel her book tour because of threats of violence against both herself and the book stores that would be asking her to speak at and sign her book. (I wonder if any bookstore has the courage to carry her book). This is the 'Cancel-Culture' of the American Left at work, threatening violence and bodily harm to anyone with an opposing view point. Even Dana Bash of CNN, who was someone I used to respect, was very critical of the book and the author, and said she could 'understand' the backlash, and that these hate groups, which is putting it mildly, have a right to be heard. Gee, Dana, really going out on a limb, aren't we?

JCLHeatherM Jun 28, 2020

A definite page turner from start to finish; Lydia and her son Luca are migrants hoping to escape the drug cartel in Acapulco and find a future norte, in the United States. The migrants face plenty of challenges on the path to freedom, for every peak there is an equally devastating valley as the quest for a fresh start pushes them forward.

Jun 28, 2020

Can’t put it down. Such an amazing book. Learned so many things from it while being entertained and kept on my toes all the way through my reading. Highly recommend.

Jun 03, 2020

Read it!

May 30, 2020

There were two deciding factors in my decision to read this book. The first being all the static generated by the book, (who gets and who doesn’t get to tell a story), and the second being that knowing once a book’s enshrined in Oprah’s Book Club it’s relegated to Holy Writ. Sometimes the joy of reading can be corrupted by too many opinions. I read a lot of books. Some great, others not so much. I was riveted from start to finish with this book. My opinion...... Pick up a copy, read it and decide for yourself.

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