Back in January, my computer was inundated with promotional ads and posts about a highly anticipated new book . . . "American Dirt." And before I could even put it on my "want to read" list on Goodreads . . . well. There was controversy.
I don't want to turn this post into a forum for what you think of all that, but I do want to say that . . . initially, the controversy made me want to read the book to see for myself what all the hub-bub was about. But it also made me want to look deeper into why there was controversy in the first place (because when it comes to Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies. . . I'm a Questioner).
I read a lot of articles and essays and opinion pieces about the book and surrounding controversy . . . and then I read this one, which did a great job explaining the issue (it's long, but worth reading if you want to learn more). And I decided I didn't actually want to read that book after all. But I was more interested in the topic of immigration than ever, and particularly in border crossings into the US from Mexico. And I was most interested in reading authentic fiction about the immigration experience.
I happened upon this list of 17 great books to read on the border instead of American Dirt, and when I shared the list with Bonny and Carole, we discovered there . . . our next Read With Us title!
I hope you'll join us in reading I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Ericka L. Sánchez. I think you'll find it an interesting and timely read -- with so much for us to discuss.
We'll be giving you more background on the book in April, and we'll begin our discussion posts in May. So you have plenty of time to find the book and start reading! The book should be readily available at most libraries, and because it came out in 2017, there may not be much of a wait for it (fingers crossed). The paperback version is available from Amazon for $7.99 right now -- even less than the price of the Kindle version. However you choose to read, I hope you'll choose to . . .
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