"Fresh, nuanced and insightful....[A] thoughtful, readable contribution to the immigration debates. --"Houston Chronicle"
Spanning four continents and several years in the lives of seven immigrant families, "The New Americans" is at once the most globe-trotting and intimate introduction to the new American immigration. Emmy award-winning journalist Ruben Martinez's "powerful and perceptive chronicle" ("Booklist") lyrically recounts the dramatic voyages and day-to-day experiences of a small group of families who were featured in the PBS documentary of the same name. They come from Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, India, and the Dominican Republic, and wind up in Chicago, Montana, Silicon Valley, and the California badlands. Their stories--told with "enthralling" ("Publishers Weekly") literary skill, and illustrated with stunning portraits from award-winning photographer Joseph Rodriguez--paint a portrait of the new, multicultural America.
Martinez weaves his own family's moving immigrant history into the book, and essays on the films of Indian American director Mira Nair, the contemporary corridos of Mexican border musicians Los Tigres del Norte, and other immigrant artists explore the ways the new immigrant culture is transforming the United States.