The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country by Ruben Martinez, Joseph Rodriguez
"Fresh, nuanced and insightful .[A] thoughtful, readable contribution to the immigration debates. Houston Chronicle
Spanning four continents and several years in the lives of seven immigrant families, The New Americans is at once the most globe-trotting and intimate introduction to the new American immigration. Emmy award-winning journalist Rubén Martínez's "powerful and perceptive chronicle" (Booklist) lyrically recounts the dramatic voyages and day-to-day experiences of a small group of families who were featured in the PBS documentary of the same name. They come from Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, India, and the Dominican Republic, and wind up in Chicago, Montana, Silicon Valley, and the California badlands. Their storiestold with "enthralling" (Publishers Weekly) literary skill, and illustrated with stunning portraits from award-winning photographer Joseph Rodriguezpaint a portrait of the new, multicultural America.
Martínez weaves his own family's moving immigrant history into the book, and essays on the films of Indian American director Mira Nair, the contemporary corridos of Mexican border musicians Los Tigres del Norte, and other immigrant artists explore the ways the new immigrant culture is transforming the United States.
Journalist, poet, and performer Rubén Martínez is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He is the author of Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail and The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City, and Beyond.