Seeking freedom and opportunity

Most of us are descended from people who chose to immigrate to this country in search of a better life, a tradition which continues to this day. Take a look at these titles featuring the lives of modern-day immigrants.

To check availability and/or place a hold on any of these titles, please click on the book cover or title.

Book cover: America is Immigrants

America is immigrants / Sara Novic.

A full-color illustrated collection profiles inspiring immigrants from every single country in the world, from tiny Monaco to massive Russia, celebrating the incredible range of what it means to be an American. (Atlas Pub.)

Book cover: American Like Me

American like me / America Ferrera.

From an award-winning actress and political activist comes a vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures—including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Roxane Gay and many more—about the experience of growing up between cultures. (Atlas Pub.)

Book cover: Call Me American

Call me American : a memoir / Abdi Nor Iftin.

A young Somalian, who learned English through American pop culture uses his skills to post secret dispatches to the Internet and NPR after a radical Islamist group comes to power and until he finally wins a visa lottery to emigrate. (Atlas Pub.)

Book cover: Dear America

Dear America : notes of an undocumented citizen / Jose Antonio Vargas.

The journalist and immigration-rights activist presents a memoir relating how he was sent from the Philippines to the U.S. as a child, his discovery of his undocumented status as a teenager, and his decision to reveal his immigration status publicly in 2011. (Baker & Taylor)

Book cover: A Good Provider is One Who Leaves

A good provider is one who leaves : one family and migration in the 21st century / Jason DeParle.

An investigative reporter describes the lives of the Comodas family over several decades and three generations and shows the impact of global migration and how it has reordered economics, politics, and culture around the world. (Baker and Taylor)

Book cover: Homelands

Homelands :  four friends, two countries, and the fate of the great Mexican American migration / Alfredo Corchado.

Explores the great Mexican-American migration of the 1980s through the author's experiences moving to Philadelphia in 1987 and making friends with two other Mexican men and one Mexican-American. (Baker & Taylor)

Book cover: I'll Never Change My Name

I’ll never change my name : an immigrant’s American dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars / Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The ballroom dancer famed for his appearances on "Dancing with the Stars" relates the failures and successes that have shaped his life, from his early childhood in Ukraine, to growing up as an immigrant in the U.S., to his rise to international fame. (Baker & Taylor)

Book cover: The Newcomers

The newcomers : finding refuge, friendship, and hope in an American classroom / Helen Thorpe.

Traces the lives of twenty-two immigrant teens throughout the course of a year at Denver's South High School who attended a specially created English Language Acquisition class and who were helped to adapt through strategic introductions to American culture. (Baker & Taylor)

Book cover: Spare Parts

Spare parts : four undocumented teenagers, one ugly robot, and the battle for the American Dream / Joshua Davis.

Tells the story of how, with the help of two inspiring science teachers, four undocumented Mexican immigrants in Arizona put together an underwater robot from scavenged parts and went on to win the National Underwater Robotics Competition at UC Santa Barbara. (Atlas Pub.)

Book cover: This Land is Our Land

This land is our land : an immigrant’s manifesto / Suketu Mehta.

Draws on the author's firsthand experiences and years of reporting to examine the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash and to outline timely reasons for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants. (Baker & Taylor)