Suggested One Read: Just Like Us

Book cover for Just Like Us by Helen ThorpeThe publisher of “Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America” by Helen Thorpe describes this book as offering “a powerful account of four young Mexican women coming of age in Denver–two of whom have legal documentation, two of whom don’t–and the challenges they face as they attempt to pursue the American dream.”

Our nominator recommends “Just Like Us” for One Read 2012 because “immigration – especially illegal immigration – is an important, timely issue in our country. This is the true story (with the names of the families changed) of four girls about to graduate from high school and how their legal status affected their lives.” Coming-of-age, social conditions for Mexican-Americans and the living conditions of undocumented workers are all topics ripe for discussion.

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