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A collection of 35 bold, important, and groundbreaking essays and poems by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today. In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this divisive issue. The immigrants and refugees living pr A collection of 35 bold, important, and groundbreaking essays and poems by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today. In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this divisive issue. The immigrants and refugees living precariously in the United States are mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Individuals propelled by hope and fear, they gamble their lives on the promise of America, yet their voices are rarely heard. During this time of political unrest and uncertainty, this anthology of essays, poetry, and art reminds us of this truth and seeks to shift the debate—now shaped by rancorous stereotypes and xenophobia—towards one rooted in humanity and justice. Through their storytelling and art, the contributors to this moving and thought-provoking book remind us that they are flesh and blood people who laugh, who cry, who rage, who dream. Transcending their current immigration status, they offer nuanced portraits of their existence before migration, the factors behind their choices, the pain of leaving their homeland, and their collective hunger for a future not defined by borders.  Going beyond border militarization, mass detention, and draconian anti-immigrant legislation, Somewhere We Are Human is a journey of memories, anecdotes, and yearnings from migrants both newly arrived to America as well as those who have been here for decades, and those who have ultimately chosen to leave. Touching on themes including race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, politics, and reproductive rights, Somewhere We Are Human reveals how joy, hope, mourning, and perseverance can take root in the toughest soil, and bloom even in the harshest of conditions.


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A collection of 35 bold, important, and groundbreaking essays and poems by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today. In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this divisive issue. The immigrants and refugees living pr A collection of 35 bold, important, and groundbreaking essays and poems by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today. In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this divisive issue. The immigrants and refugees living precariously in the United States are mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Individuals propelled by hope and fear, they gamble their lives on the promise of America, yet their voices are rarely heard. During this time of political unrest and uncertainty, this anthology of essays, poetry, and art reminds us of this truth and seeks to shift the debate—now shaped by rancorous stereotypes and xenophobia—towards one rooted in humanity and justice. Through their storytelling and art, the contributors to this moving and thought-provoking book remind us that they are flesh and blood people who laugh, who cry, who rage, who dream. Transcending their current immigration status, they offer nuanced portraits of their existence before migration, the factors behind their choices, the pain of leaving their homeland, and their collective hunger for a future not defined by borders.  Going beyond border militarization, mass detention, and draconian anti-immigrant legislation, Somewhere We Are Human is a journey of memories, anecdotes, and yearnings from migrants both newly arrived to America as well as those who have been here for decades, and those who have ultimately chosen to leave. Touching on themes including race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, politics, and reproductive rights, Somewhere We Are Human reveals how joy, hope, mourning, and perseverance can take root in the toughest soil, and bloom even in the harshest of conditions.

30 review for Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Moving anthology of the myriad experiences of American immigration in our time. There is no way to read these words and not marvel at the creativity that runs through all these individual works. This is not an anthology that is easily read in one sitting. The book as a whole stayed with me for quite awhile after completion. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book is like an incredible art gallery showcasing immigrant voices in the mediums that they speak. I’ve never read a book that allowed so many people with personal relationships to immigration simply share their story in the way they can best. The selection of essays, poetry, and visual art truly show the wide spectrum of experiences. Additionally, the authors share their relationship with the intersectionality of immigrant with racism, sexuality, gender, and personal trauma. I learned so m This book is like an incredible art gallery showcasing immigrant voices in the mediums that they speak. I’ve never read a book that allowed so many people with personal relationships to immigration simply share their story in the way they can best. The selection of essays, poetry, and visual art truly show the wide spectrum of experiences. Additionally, the authors share their relationship with the intersectionality of immigrant with racism, sexuality, gender, and personal trauma. I learned so much from this book about immigration as a whole and how much of my understanding was wrong. I am thankful for this book. Thank you to HarperVia and NetGalley for this ARC!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara Ward

    A beautiful collection of essays and poetry written by migrants and refugees newly arrived to America. In our world today, our minds are focused on the political debate regarding immigration that we lose sight of humanity and forget about the people behind the issue. This collection is a must read for everyone! These stories and essays are inspiring, while others are truly heart-breaking. In the end, you take with you a deeper understanding of life and what really matters. *Thank you NetGalley A beautiful collection of essays and poetry written by migrants and refugees newly arrived to America. In our world today, our minds are focused on the political debate regarding immigration that we lose sight of humanity and forget about the people behind the issue. This collection is a must read for everyone! These stories and essays are inspiring, while others are truly heart-breaking. In the end, you take with you a deeper understanding of life and what really matters. *Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I didn't finish this for two reasons. 1. It's an adult book, and I have too many piles of kids'/YA books to get through. 2. Sadly, I'm a philistine. A lot of what I did listen to (as an audiobook) was either poetry or I thought it was poetry, and I don't have the patience that poetry requires to really understand all its nuances and meanings. Sadly. The essays I did listen to were poignant and personal, and certainly stories worth knowing about. I also missed included artwork, since I was listen I didn't finish this for two reasons. 1. It's an adult book, and I have too many piles of kids'/YA books to get through. 2. Sadly, I'm a philistine. A lot of what I did listen to (as an audiobook) was either poetry or I thought it was poetry, and I don't have the patience that poetry requires to really understand all its nuances and meanings. Sadly. The essays I did listen to were poignant and personal, and certainly stories worth knowing about. I also missed included artwork, since I was listening to audio. Thanks to Libro.fm for the free educator's copy of the audio.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    This is a really beautiful collection that everyone should read. We see such compassion and honesty through these stories. Some are really uplifting and some broke my heart. It's good to see from these individuals point of view. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC! This is a really beautiful collection that everyone should read. We see such compassion and honesty through these stories. Some are really uplifting and some broke my heart. It's good to see from these individuals point of view. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC!

  6. 4 out of 5

    mary

    this book pulls out the best and most insightful way to understand the heart of immigration with essays, poetry and prose. I was enlightened and felt there is a compassionate way to look as immigrates as your neighbors and take more action to welcome into our melting pot culture, good read

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved reading this collection of essays and poems written by migrants and refugees. Many of these poems and essays were so inspiring and a few broke my heart. I could relate to a few of them, but it was also interesting to read about other cultures. There were a few pieces of art in the book as well. I really wish that more art was included the book. I loved that there was information on each of the writer. I looked up quite a few of them to learn more about them and their work. *Thank you Net I loved reading this collection of essays and poems written by migrants and refugees. Many of these poems and essays were so inspiring and a few broke my heart. I could relate to a few of them, but it was also interesting to read about other cultures. There were a few pieces of art in the book as well. I really wish that more art was included the book. I loved that there was information on each of the writer. I looked up quite a few of them to learn more about them and their work. *Thank you Netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    An incredible collection of mostly queer and undocumented immigrants. Such powerful and needed voices.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Moore

    Exceptional

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen K.

    This book presents a soul-stirring symphony of voices and life experiences. Each author is now or has been undocumented in the USA. Each writer delivers a courageous call for identity, for belonging, and for human rights. These brief memoir essays and poems are invitations for readers to learn, to listen, to pause in a place of common humanity. In a world with many borders and more than 80 million displaced persons, this collection is essential reading. This book will be provocative for book gro This book presents a soul-stirring symphony of voices and life experiences. Each author is now or has been undocumented in the USA. Each writer delivers a courageous call for identity, for belonging, and for human rights. These brief memoir essays and poems are invitations for readers to learn, to listen, to pause in a place of common humanity. In a world with many borders and more than 80 million displaced persons, this collection is essential reading. This book will be provocative for book groups or as a common read for readers age 14+. Aside from crossing geo-political borders, some of these authors also present brilliant stories of living between and beyond gender, language, and cultural boundaries. Thanks to Harper Via and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lyanne

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  15. 4 out of 5

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    Adi

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erika Guiñansaca

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karla Mendoza

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Clark

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark1804

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lira

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Ro Menendez

  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Cara

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