"Helen Thorpe has taken policy and turned it into literature." –Malcolm Gladwell

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JUST LIKE US Early Praise

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 into literature.”
Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers

“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 Hunger of Memory, Days of Obligation, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America

“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: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, as well as Noriega, Twins, Remembering Satan, Saints & Sinners, In the New World, and City Children, Country Summer

“With a perfect combination of narrative and reflection, empathy and analysis, Helen Thorpe tells both a particular story of four irresistibly engaging young women, and a universal story of the struggle between human aspiration and intractable obstacles. If this book gets widely read, our national conversation on immigration could make a shift from ‘shrill and draining’ to ‘thoughtful and productive.’ In this book, the force and power of journalism reach their peak.”
Patricia Nelson Limerick, author of The Legacy of Conquest and Something in the Soil

Written by Helen Thorpe

June 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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