American Dirt

American Dirt

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"También de este lado hay sueños. Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy-two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia-trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier's reach doesn't extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to? American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. A page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page, it is a literary achievement."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250209764
Characteristics: 386 pages :,colour map ;,24 cm.


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Sep 14, 2020

I gave this book a five star rating because it is so relevant for today. Everyone needs to read this book. This is a book about a courageous mother who goes to any links to protect her son from death. It happens that this mother is a bookstore owner in Acapulco who is a target of a drug cartel. She does not know who she can trust so she goes as underground as she can get and begins a journey to the US as a migrant. She meets other migrants from other parts of Latin America. This is their story.

This book puts a human face on what is, for many Americans, just a political talking point. The reader learns so many things about a migrant's journey to the US that we never think about. The book is not easy reading at time. In fact, it is riveting but it kept me up a night. Usually, I read to relax before I go to sleep. But after reading the book I could not sleep. I would lay there and think about what Lydia was going through. I would think about the other migrants she meets. I would think about who might be a member of the cartel and revealing her location. I read this book in five days because I could not put it down.

I am not suggesting any solutions nor does the book. You need to read the author's note at the end. She talks about her grandmother's experiences in the '40s as an immigrant and her husband's journey to get a green card. I hope the reader comes away from reading this with more information than they had before.

Sep 13, 2020

One of the best books I've read recently. This mother stops at nothing to escape and protect her son. Very captivating and engaging. I couldn't put it down.

Sep 05, 2020


Sep 03, 2020

This book was really good and kept me intrigued. I learned a lot about the journey and passage migrants make to flee dangerous and life threatening situations in their home countries. I'm looking for other recommended books based on those similar to this one!

Sep 03, 2020

This is a book that the author herself admitted she should never have written. This is not her story to tell and when questioned about it she evaded the question and argued that because her husband is an immigrant she understood what its like to be at Latinx immigrant. That was a gross injustice to all immigrants because Irish immigrants do not experience anywhere near the same hatred and racism that those from Latin America do. Its also unfair to the many authors who wrote Own Voices narratives that this author received a seven figure payout for trauma porn. I highly recommend reading The Undocumented Americans instead and stop reading this book

Aug 29, 2020

I just wasted 4 hours of my life on this book. Can I have those hours back? Nope.

Don’t waste your precious time on this book.

Aug 24, 2020

compelling story of migrates running to 'the north' to escape for their life. Very well written to have you relate to the characters and the flight. Eye opening! Takes place around 2016 as Trump 'thoughts' shown in book.

Aug 23, 2020

5 stars. This was a terrific read, very intense. Imagine you had a lovely life with your husband and son and extended family and business. And imagine if some gunmen came in and killed most of your family and you and your son had to leave everything behind and run for your life. Imagine putting your life in the hands of others, every day a danger, trying to get north to safety. That's the story of Lydia and her son Luca as they leave the brutality of life in Acapulco, Mexico on the run from the cartel who killed 16 of your family in one brutal day. Lydia and Luca begin a journey to get to the US and hopefully, freedom. This book was a compulsive page turner with wonderfully written characters and situations. At times brutal, it was a reality check on what really happens in the world and put faces to the people in the newspapers who actually experienced this kind of journey. Such a good read.

Aug 21, 2020

One of the best books I have read in a very long time. A real eye opener.

TSCPL_Sherry Jul 26, 2020

This is a quick-paced story with correlations to current events of migrants traveling to the United States from Mexico. Lydia's character is easy to relate to. I was taken in by her strength and courage as well as her quick-thinking for survival for her and her eight-year old son.

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Apr 06, 2020

"Every day a fresh horror, and when it's over, this feeling of surreal detachment. A disbelief, almost, in what they just endured. The mind is magical. Human beings are magical.”

Mar 03, 2020

“There’s a wonderful piece of graffiti on the border wall in Tijuana…. TAMBIÉN DE ESTE LADO HAY SUEÑOS. On this side, too, there are dreams.” - Author’s Note p. 383

Mar 03, 2020

“That these people would leave their homes, their cultures, their families, even their languages, and venture into tremendous peril, risking their very lives, all for the chance to get to the dream of some faraway country that doesn’t even want them.” - p. 94

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