American Dirt

American Dirt

Book - 2020
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"También de este lado hay sueños. Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy-two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia-trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier's reach doesn't extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to? American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. A page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page, it is a literary achievement."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250209764
Characteristics: 386 pages :,colour map ;,24 cm.


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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.

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Apr 06, 2020

"Every day a fresh horror, and when it's over, this feeling of surreal detachment. A disbelief, almost, in what they just endured. The mind is magical. Human beings are magical.”

Mar 03, 2020

“There’s a wonderful piece of graffiti on the border wall in Tijuana…. TAMBIÉN DE ESTE LADO HAY SUEÑOS. On this side, too, there are dreams.” - Author’s Note p. 383

Mar 03, 2020

“That these people would leave their homes, their cultures, their families, even their languages, and venture into tremendous peril, risking their very lives, all for the chance to get to the dream of some faraway country that doesn’t even want them.” - p. 94

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