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Just Like Us

The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age

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Just Like Us

Just Like Us

The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age

Audio CD

01/11/2011

13 Audio CD

916 minutes

9781611200140

Audio Retail Digital

01/11/2011

916 minutes

9781611200409

Audio Library Digital

01/11/2011

916 minutes

9781611200874

Playaway

01/11/2011

916 minutes

9781611201697

Audio MP3 CD

01/11/2011

2 Audio MP3 CD

916 minutes

9781611203684

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Just Like Us tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want to live the American dream, but only two have documents. As the girls attempt to make it into college, they discover that only the legal pair see a clear path forward. A coming-of-age story about girlhood and friendship, as well as the resilience required to transcend poverty, Just Like Us is also a book about identity. The girls, their families, and the critics who object to their presence allow the reader to watch one of the most complicated social issues of our times unfurl in a major American city.

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This is a penetrating, fair, and refreshingly personal examination of the passions that fuel the immigration controversy in this country. Helen Thorpe measures the arguments on both sides of this national debate against the actual human costs imposed by the status quo. This book will find a central place in this debate., Lawrence Wright, , Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of The Looming Tower

Just Like Us beautifully and powerfully reminds us of the individuals whose lives lie at the center of the chaos that is our approach to immigration. Helen Thorpe has taken policy and turned it in to literature., Malcolm Gladwell

An excellent, in-depth study of immigration policies gone amok., Library Journal

With a gaze that is tender and ever alert, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of four young women - Mexican and American - so alike in their coming-of-age, but separated by the ironies of geography, the border that cuts through the heart., Richard Rodriguez, , Author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America

Narrator Paula Christensen provides a believable set of accents and rhythms for the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans featured, as well as for the outspoken politicians who join in the political debate. Christensen's delivery enhances the characters' personalities and Thorpe's depiction of the heated political climate of that period., AudioFile Magazine

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