Nina's Reading Blog

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From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America

Posted by nliakos on December 8, 2013

by Steven V. Roberts (Harper Perennial 2009)

This is my sort of book. It’s about immigrants (I have been teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language for 40 years, so I’ve met a lot of immigrants. I even married one!) and how they make this country great, despite the difficulties they face (in their own countries and then again here). I like the way Roberts focuses on the entire family, not just one person. He met some of the families through one of their children who took his class on feature writing at George Washington University, while others “found him” one way or another. He separates the book into sections on survivors, entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and women. Each section features three families. It’s an inspiring read and makes me so impatient with those people who, in every generation and despite having come from immigrant stock themselves, want to slam the doors shut in the face of the latest wave of people “longing to breathe free.”

The day I finished it, this article by immigrant chef and entrepreneur Jose Andres appeared in The Washington Post like an epilogue to Roberts’ book.

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