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A superb collection of stories poems memoirs nd other writings that provide Puddles in the Lane a vivid composite picture of this great nation of ourss it is experienced Into the Grae and perceived by newrrivals from round the world past nd present The writing is A description of Millenium Hall;: An 18th century novel, edited by Walter M. Crittenden almost uniformly brilliantnd several of the stories have prompted me to read entire books by their Descriptive Translation Studies - And Beyond authors Thesere not simple starry eyed tributes to America There is Cleopatra: Discover The World Of Cleopatra Through The Diary Of Her Handmaiden, Nefret a good deal of pain in many of theseccounts the pain of rejection the pain of discrimination the pain of losing one s original homeland nd leaving behind one s family friends nd traditions But you do come Maiden of the Mist away from this book with far deeper The Last Unicorn and richerppreciation for both our country nd its newest citizens It is the kind of book that the Library of America was made to produce nd with this one they have truly done themselves proud A great book to keep by the toilet if you have lot of immigrant friends or friends with n interest in American history via primary docs Seriously though this is really neat book nd money goes to the NEA This is The Lady's Maid (An Erotic Spanking Novella) a Library of America collection great stuff Finally had chance to finish this Some pieces I loved while others not so much so overall The Germans in Normandy a 3 star rating There s lot in this book to love Cleveland's Gilded Age:: 1850-1915 an interesting topicnd complement of fine uthors nd sparkling historical figures from whom the selections re drawn but somehow this Lila, the Divine Game anthology is slog Part of the problem for me is that many of the selections t least in the first half focus on the moment the immigrant rrives in the US Sometimes that s exciting but lots of these selections Jabberwocky are variations on the same theme of beinglone Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers and powerless inn unfamiliar place Often I m betting interesting Les pirates and varied parts of the immigrant experience come later in these lives possibly much laternd involve much deeper levels of identity Blue-Blooded Vamp as the immigrants fight in America srmed forces marry native born spouses negotiate family identities with native born children or watch successive waves of immigrants rrive in the country Perhaps later selections have of this but I haven t noticed lot of diversity so far At this point I m shifting from reading straight through to dipping in nd out with no particular end date in mind Fabulous nd very wide ranging collection of writings portraying both the negative Problem Solving with C++: The Object of Programming and positivespects of the immigrant experience comprising fiction poetry Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials and memoir I was impressed too by the wide range of nationalities that were represented Many of the memoir excerpts made me want to buy the full books This book is full of greatnecdotes It is New Headway Video Intermediate Level: Teacher Book a journey thought the livesnd perils of immigrants to the USA A Love Letter To The United StatesIn the most iconic of American poems The New Colossus Emma Lazarus wrote bout the meaning of the then new Statue of Liberty Give me your tired your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe freeThe wretched refuse of your teeming shoreSend these the homeless tempest tost to meI lift my lamp beside the golden door Lazarus s poem frames Becoming Americans new Herbal Constituents anthology from the Library of America which manages both to examinend to celebrate the American immigrant experie. Immigration is the essential American story From London or Lvov Bombay or Beijing Dublin or Dusseldorf people have come to America to remake themselves their lives L'Appel de l'Orient and their identities Despite political obstacles popular indifference or hostility they put down roots herend their social cultural Spiritual Resurrection Training (Sura Academy Teachings) and entrepreneurial energies helped forge the opennd diverse society we live in The history of American immigration has often been told by those lready here Becoming Americans tells this epic story from the.
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Nce The volume is edited by Ilan Stavans professor of Latin American nd Latino Culture t Amherst College Stavans is himself n immigrant of unusual background Born in Mexico City in 1961 to The Real World of Fairies, Revised Edition: A First-Person Account a Jewish family of immigrants from East Europe Stavans immigrated to the United States in 1961 He thus isble to write of his own American experience from Camellia Street a uniue Jewish Latino perspective Stavans wrote the introduction to this volumend You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-Changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro also contributed selection from his American Beauty autobiography which describes his experiencess Supernatural Sleep (Lyon Fox Mysteries a Mexican Jew In revealing interview he gave to the Library of America upon the publication of this volume Stavans described Becoming Americans A Street in Bronzeville as my love letter to the United States tolerant warm hearted country that has been extraordinarily generous to me s n immigrant Among other things the country has llowed me to explore my talents to the limitThe book consists of nearly 700 pages of text together with chronology of immigration to America beginning with the settlement t Jamestown in 1607 The nthology includes selections from 85 writers describing their varied experiences in coming to the United States from 45 countries The selection begins in 1623 with The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet a letter from one Richard Frethorne to his parents setting forth the hardships of lifet Jamestown It concludes with The European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy: Central Issues . . . Key Players Strategic Outreach Roundtable and Conference Report a 2003 selection by Richard Rodriguez the child of immigrants from Mexico from his novel Hunger of Memory describing his childhood difficulties with the English language Rodriguez is the only contributor to the volume who was born in the United StatesThe materialsre rranged in chronological order from date of rrival in America Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy andre drawn from variety of sources including letters diaries essays poems stories nd novels Each entry includes He Followed Me Home a short biographical sketch by Stavans to put the text in perspective While the volumes Past Lives Present Stories a whole merits Stavans s characterizations love letter the individual entries show little trace of illusion or sentimentality Immigrants have faced difficult journeys hard choices nd long struggles in the United States The Funniest Knock-Knock Book Ever! and theyre mply documented here The book documents the mbivalences many immigrants experienced in coming to terms with the New World including the inevitable choice each person had to face Les cinq points parfaits de la Matrise, ou la rsurrection symbolique about the degree to which he or she wouldssimilate to the new land or Mantap Mengaji: Kaedah Al-Matien attempt to maintain the traditionsnd values of the old land The theme of coming to new land with different Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, Second Edition and difficult language English runs through many of the entries in this collectionThe selections vary in lengthnd in interest Taken s whole they capture Spartacus a great dealbout the immigration experience nd bout the United States itself from New York to the Midwest to Texas California Wole Soyinka and points between Blanket generalization would be foolhardy But I would like to mention some of the entries that I particularly enjoyedIn the small group of entries from Colonial America I liked James Revel s poem describing the experience of felon transported to Virginia s punishment for theft s well s Phylis Wheatley s short famous poem On being brought from Africa to AmericaEarly 19th Century selections include excerpts from Jo. Inside gathering for the first time over 400 years of writing from seventeenth century Jamestown to contemporary Brooklyn nd Los Angeles by first generation immigrants American Khichdi about the immigrant experience In sum over eighty writers create vivid passionate The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time and revealing firsthandccount of the challenges Tales of Zestiria Official Collector's Edition Strategy Guide andspirations that define our dynamic multicultural societyIn nearly 100 selections poems stories novel excerpts travel pieces diary entries memoirs nd letters Becoming Americans presents the full ran.
Hn James Audubon from Mozart s librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte who came to the United States late in his life nd from Carl Schurz German immigrant who became Civil War General nd later the Secretary of the InteriorLater selections include short poetry by unnamed Chinese immigrants rriving t Angel Island in San Francisco Bay A selection from novelist Anzia Yezierska who was unfamiliar to me describes the conflict between Sharpe e a Campanha do Buçaco (Sharpe, a young immigrant woman who has managed to secure college education nd her traditional unlettered parents I would like to read of this uthor Other East European Jewish immigrants presented include Abraham Cahan from his Autobiography Henry Roth from his novel Call it Sleep Diogenes The Cynic: The War Against The World andnd Issac Bashevis Singer in his outstanding short story A Wedding in BrownsvilleThe collection includes letter from Thomas Mann explaining his decision to stay in the United States rather than return to Germany fter WW II together with good selections from Palestinian Edward Said Dark Mountain: Issue 1 and Czeslaw Milosz Among contemporary writers I enjoyed the contribution of Jhumpa Lahiri The Thirdnd Final Continent describing the experiences of Cruel Comfort an educated immigrant from Indiand his new wife Gary Shteyngart s comic The mother tongue between two slices of rye Gary Delanty s poem Greenwich Killing about immigration from Ireland We will not play the Harp Backward Now Nond Stavans s own The Year's Best Military Adventure SF Volume 4 autobiographical essay were other highlightsCristopher Isherwood 1904 1986 came to the United States in 1939 with the poet WH Auden both of whomre represented in this volume The selection from Isherwood s diaries includes the following reflection which I thought captured something of the tone of many of the selections regarding the many faceted ironic Monte Carlo Methods and outsider character of American immigrant life Isherwood writes p 335Actually in my sane moments I love this country I love it just because I don t belong Because I m not involved in its traditions not born under the curse of its history I feel free here I m on my own My life will be what I make of itSo should the American ideal be for both immigrantsnd for those born in the United States to have life be what I make of it For both natives nd immigrants this nthology helps explore the never ending process Common Law Marriage and promise of becoming Americansnd of the American dreamRobin Friedman A long book to be sure but interesting in that its excerpts from USA TODAY Crossword 3 autobiographies or biographical novels poems well constructed essays may easily read in short bursts As fourth generation American it s interesting to experience becoming one from immigrant perspectives I guess ultimately entering this melting pot is never what one expects it to be there were very few whole hearted reminiscences of the procedure presented here Perhaps the most surprising yet continuous theme throughout this collection of stories was how seldom Americans lready in place either welcomed or ssisted moneyless language deficient newcomers I was so excited Noa Noa about this book but unfortunately let down The editorspires to Occult Secrets of Vril: Goddess Energy and the Human Potential a lofty goal but falls short with bias toward variations of The Sparrow (The Sparrow, a similar narrative 25 It was long read for me because I didn t Fairy Tales from Shakespeare always like the writing. Ge of the experience of coming to America the reasons for departure the journey itself the shocknd spectacle of first Minimalist: A Minimalist Guide To Do More With Less To Simplify Your Life arrival the passionatembivalence toward the old country Matzoh Mouse and the old lifend A Motive for Mayhem abovell the struggle with the complexities of America Arranged in chronological order by date of Scourge and Fire: Savonarola and Renaissance Italy arrival this unprecedented collection presents history of the United States that is both familiar Istanbul and surprisingly news seen through the fresh eyes nd words of newcomers from than forty different countrie.
Ilan Stavans is the Lewis Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College An award winning writer and public television host his books include Growing Up Latino and Spanglish A native of Mexico City he lives in Amherst Massachusetts