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February/March 2018 n 19 WATER TOSSING BOULDERS: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South Adrienne Berard, read by Moe Egan Berard provides a detailed and engaging history of the 1920s Supreme Court case that was the first to challenge school segregation laws. The efforts of Chinese-American shopkeepers to gain admittance of their children into a whites-only Mississippi school are narrated by Moe Egan at a fast clip, requiring listeners to attend closely to the complex personalities and motives in play. Egan makes it accessible by maintaining the author's formal tone while making clear which party has center stage. Beacon Press Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD AN AMERICAN FAMILY: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice Khizr Khan, read by Khizr Khan Khizr Khan gained public attention at the Democratic National Convention when he talked about the loss of his son in combat and challenged Donald Trump's vision of America. This audiobook explores his journey from Pakistan to the United States, a true modern immigrant success story. His interest in America was piqued when, as a student in Pakistan, he read the Declaration of Independence. His desire to emi- grate was fueled by the kindness of his American boss in Dubai after he graduated from college. It's a compelling story that is engaging and easy to follow. Random House Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD Library Ed.: CD, DD "A compelling story that is engaging and easy to follow." HOME: WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME: Poems and Songs Inspired by American Immigrants Deepak Chopra, Kabir Sehgal, Paul Avgerinos, read by Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra, who is from India, is one of America's best-known immigrants. In this audiobook he takes on questions of immigration as both an author and a narrator. Each of the 34 poems in this audiobook is written by an immigrant and inspired by another, sometimes famous, immigrant, such as Joni Mitchell (from Canada), Madeleine Albright (from Czechoslovakia), and Yo Yo Ma (from France). Twelve of the poems have also been adapted as songs, which follow the complete collection. Hachette Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Lauren Markham, read by Cassandra Campbell Cassandra Campbell brings her full complement of narrating skills to this challenging and provocative audiobook. Her style suits the seriousness and frustrating action of this story of twin brothers who escape hardship and danger in El Salvador to make a new life as undocumented immigrants in Northern California. Campbell's perfor- mance is both intelligent and understated. Even the dramatic scenes of the brothers' harrowing travel with "coyotes" through Mexico and detainment in the U.S. by the border patrol are read evenly. Random House Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: DD In Our Time

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