Due to heavy snow, our November 26 meeting date has been postponed to Dec. 3. We'll discuss THE NEWCOMERS: FINDING REFUGE, FRIENDSHIP, AND HOPE IN AN AMERICAN CLASSROOM, by Helen Thorpe (Scribner, 2017). Homemade treats will be served. You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one.
The location of the discussion will be sent out a few days ahead to those who RSVP. If you haven't received it by the Sunday before the meeting, please call[masked]. We hope to see you there!
If you'd like to read ahead, on January 7 we'll discuss RISING OUT OF HATRED, by Eli Saslow.
THE NEWCOMERS follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the[masked] school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado, in an English Language Acquisition class created specifically for them. Speaking no English, unfamiliar with American culture, their stories are poignant and remarkable as they face the enormous challenge of adapting. These newcomers, from fourteen to nineteen years old, come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, after experiencing dire forms of cataclysm. Some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their original family.
With the US at a political crossroads around questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage, Helen Thorpe presents a fresh and nuanced perspective. THE NEWCOMERS is a transformative take on these timely, important issues.
“A delicate and heartbreaking mystery story . . . Thorpe’s book is a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Extraordinary. . . . THE NEWCOMERS puts a human face on the refugee question. The book is a journalistic triumph. Thorpe . . . pens a masterful book that lets readers see the humanity instead of the facts and figures and politics of the immigration debate.” —The Denver Post
“This book is not only an intimate look at lives immigrant teens live, but it is a primer on the art and science of new language acquisition and a portrait of ongoing and emerging global horrors and the human fallout that arrives on our shores . . . The teens we meet have endured things none of us can imagine . . . But we learn a great deal, and that’s never been more crucial than at this moment.” —USA Today