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On Display: Common Read

by Zia Davidian on 2020-09-09T09:49:00-04:00 in Current Events, International Studies | Comments

The 2020-2021 UM-Flint Common Read selection is Valeria Luiselli's, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. Many articles, interviews, and videos on the topics explored in the book are compiled on the Common Read webpage. Some additional books from the library and one podcast are listed below, both titles that explore similar topics of migration, as well as some other books by the author. This list is far from exhaustive, and we encourage you to explore our collection if you're interested in learning more! 

Free copies of Tell Me How It Ends - An Essay In Forty Questions are available at the UM-Flint Bookstore upon presentation of a valid student ID. Faculty may request a free book through Laura Martin in the Provost’s Office

Cover Art

Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli works as a volunteer at the federal immigration court in New York City, translating for unaccompanied migrant children. Out of her work has come this book – a search for answers and an urgent appeal for humanity and compassion in response to mass migration, the most significant global phenomenon of our time.
Additional Reading and Listening:

Cover ArtBaby Jails by Philip G. Schrag

For decades, advocates for refugee children and families have fought to end the U.S. government's practice of jailing children and families for months, or even years, until overburdened immigration courts could rule on their claims for asylum. Baby Jails is the history of that legal and political struggle.
Cover ArtForgotten Citizens by Luis Zayas

Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. We hear from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp,  and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place. This episode won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting, the first ever given for audio journalism.

Also by Valeria Luiselli:

Cover ArtLost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home. Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers his father. In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an "immigration crisis": thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained--or lost in the desert along the way. As the family drives--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure--both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.


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