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Undocumented Students: Resources: Library Resources

Information, websites and resources to aid undocumented students and community members.

In the Library

Readings on the Immigrant Experience in the United States found in the Library:


Historical Background

Goldberg, Vicki.  A nation of strangers.   (E184 .A1 N288 1995)

Kennedy, John F.   A nation of immigrants.  (JV6453.K4 1964)

McCabe, Cynthia Jaffee.  The golden door: artist-immigrants of America, 1876-1976.  (N6510.M32)

Reimers, David M.  Still the golden door: the third world comes to America  (JV6455.R45 1985)

Riley, Jason.  Let them in: the case for open borders.   (JV6483 .R55 2008)

Rumbaut, Rubén G.  Ethnicities: children of immigrants in America.  (E184 .A1 E848 2001)

Stout, Robert Joe.  Why immigrants come to America: braceros, indocumentados, and the migra.  (HD8081 .M6 S76 2008)

Ungar, Sanford J.  Fresh blood: the new American immigrants.  ( JV6455.5 .U54 1995)


Personal stories

Hart, Dianne Walta.  Undocumented in L.A.: an immigrant's story.  (E184 N53 H37 1997)

Jiménez, Francisco.  The circuit: stories from the life of a migrant child.  (PS3560 .I55 C57 1997)

Lee, Mary Paik.  Quiet odyssey: a pioneer Korean woman in America.  (E184 .K6 L445 1990)

Lu, Chi Fa.  Double luck: memoirs of a Chinese orphan.  (PZ E184 .C5 L75 2001)

Mathabane, Mark.  Kaffir boy in America: an encounter with apartheid.  (E185.97.M38 A3 1989)

McCourt, Frank.  Angela's ashes: a memoir.  (E184 .I6 M117 1996)

New Americans: an oral history : immigrants and refugees in the U.S. today.  (JV6455.S26 1988)

Urrea, Luis AlbertoThe devil's highway: a true story. ( JV6475 .U77 2005) 


Immigrant themes in American fiction

Alvarez, Julia.  How the García girls lost their accents.  (PS3551.L845 H66 1991)

Cather, Willa.  O pioneers!  (PS3505 .A87 O2 1990)

Cisneros, Sandra.  The house on Mango Street.   (PS3553.I78 H6 1994)

Díaz, Junot.  Drown (PS3554 .I259 D76 1997)

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee.  Arranged marriage: stories.  (PS3554.I86 A89 1996)

Dubus, Andre.  House of sand and fog.  (PS3554 .U265 H68 2000)

Grande, Reyna.  Across a hundred mountains: a novel.  (PS3607 .R3627 A63 2007)

Lahiri, Jhumpa.   The namesakePS3562 .A316 N36 2004

Puzo, Mario.  The fortunate pilgrim.  (PS3566 .U9 F67 1998b)

Tan, Amy.  The Joy Luck Club.  (PS3570.A48 J6 1990)


Juvenile fiction and literature

Atkin, S. Beth.  Voices from the fields: children of migrant farmworkers tell their stories.  (PZ HV741 .V65 1993)

Brown, Tricia.  Hello, amigos!   (PZ F869.S39 M537 1986)

Caseley, Judith.  Apple pie and onions.   (PZ7.C2677 Ap 1987)

Na, An.  A step from heaven.  (PZ7 .N1243 St 2001)

Pérez, Amada Irma.  My diary from here to there.  (PZ73 .P4654 Mi 2002)

Tan, Shaun.  The arrival.  (PZ7.7 .T36 Ar 2007)

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