Start Enriue s Journey The Story of a Boy s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario was originally a series of Los Angeles Times articles by the author over a span of five years Winning the Pulitzer for feature reporting as well as additional awards #for her work Nazario details the complexity of decisions made by Central Americans when they choose to leave #her work Nazario details the complexity of decisions made by Central Americans when they choose to leave for the luxuries of El NorteOne morning while preparing for work Nazario happened to have a poignant conversation with her housekeeper about children From this talk Nazario found out that her Honduran native employee had not seen her four children in over ten years since she came to the United States in a search of a better life Intrigued the seeds were planted for Nazario to research why Central American women flock to the north leaving their children behind with relatives in hope that their children would eventually have a better life than the one left behind Nazario decided to target a teenager who followed his mother north and investigate the pluses and minuses to life in Honduras and the United States Her search lead her to seventeen year old Enriue and his mother Lourdes who had already been in the States for over ten years After meeting Enriue and Lourdes the reporter decided
To Recreate His Journey recreate his journey order to bring to light the dangers of immigrating to the United StatesHonduras is a country of few wealthy and many impoverished with the few controlling most of the nation s wealth Healthy men leave for the north leaving a population of women and their children Most women in Lourdes situation have little than a fourth rade education because they are expected to work to help with their families finances Once these women come of age they have few opportunities to work either making tortillas selling their crafts or obtaining menial factory jobs As a result they can barely make ends meet and the cycle of poverty repeats itself Women decide to make a dangerous trip north hoping that they will have enough money to either bring their children to live with them or to build a better future in Central America Children like Enriue row up. His essential American subjectEnriue’s Journey recounts the unforgettable uest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States Braving unimaginable peril often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains Enriue travels through hostile worlds full of thugs bandits and corrupt cops
I live in Oaxaca Mexico and have lived in Veracruz and Chiapas three places where refugees pass through from Central America to the north of Well I hated itIt s kind of hard to say #That Because Of The Book S Subject #because of the book s subject It makes me feel like I m saying the subject matter wasn t important It s sort of like being in a writing class where someone writes a non fiction piece about a past trauma It s hard to talk about the problems with the piece without feeling like you re invalidating the events and the person in some wayThat said
HATED IT IT DIDN T HAVE SO MUCH Ait It didn t have so much a as it read like a list a catalouging of atrocities The only reason I read it was for a book club and the only reason I finished it is because I downloaded the audiobook and listened to it at 2X speed on my iPod which I didn t even know was an option and now that I do I can t figure out what use that option has other than this exact sort of thingAlso it really felt like ten separate pieces of journalism slapped inside a coverAnd finally I have to say I m sort of disappointed in this as the pick for One Book One Denver It just feels like the kind of book that these programs always pick Something that addresses an issue which I understand We want people to have something to talk about On the other hand it feels like we re trying to force people to read things for information s sake as opposed to reading things that are enjoyable as books on some level Which is why we still have boring books and textbooks that are virtually unreadable I don t know This
Book Three Cups Of TeaThree Cups of Tea kinds of books just leave me cold Everyone in the US should read this book in order to understand the dangerous journey that Central American immigrants make in order to work in the US This is not a book that tries to persuade you to feel one way or another about immigration It is simply about one boy s journey through This September I will be honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by reading Hispanic authored books across many enres Although the official month does not begin until September 15 I have a wide varied lineup of books planned out and decided to et off to an early. Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States Now a beloved classic this page turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about
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and come to resent their parents and many when they reach an old enough age makecome to resent their parents and many when they reach an old enough age make same trek northNazario decided to make the trip atop train cars in hopes of showing just how dangerous the journey is for those hoping to immigrate to the United States She had the luxury of protection from the Mexican authorities as well as the choice to check into a motel at any point along her trip Enriue and people like him face many dangers deportation angs
in both Central America and Northern Mexico jailing hunger and rave injuriesboth Central America and Northern Mexico jailing hunger and rave injuries the hands of the trains that they hope will carry them to a better life The ones who do make it become illegal immigrants They resent the parents who they hoped to reconnect with in the first place and many only obtain the same menial work they could have had in their native countries Many teen boys join angs and irls craving attention become pregnant All wonder why their parents left them and did not stay in their native countries in the first place I found Enriue s Journey The Story of a Boy s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother to be a compelling story yet one written like an extended newspaper article rather than well crafted book The story showed Nazario s skill as a human interest writer as the prose was written in basic sentence structure and read uickly I felt for a young Enriue who had to Dead-End Road Mysteries grow up without parents yetrew frustrated with him as he made poor life choices leading up to his immigration The research and facts about immigration ended up being intriguing than the actual story as Nazario tells about the toll that illegal immigrants and their often times legal children take on American taxpayers This number continues to rise as immigrants continue to flock to the United States and have children at a higher rate than native born Americans Although this book is from ten years ago the topic is as relevant as ever as immigration continues to dominate the headlines Nazario leaves readers with these thoughts to ponder as she does not wrap up Enriue s story as neatly as she began it as I rate this story 4 for the subject matter and 25 for the writing. Ut he pushes forward relying on his wit courage hope and the kindness of strangers As Isabel Allende writes “This is a twenty first century Odyssey If you are oing to read only one nonfiction book this year it has to be this one” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword photos of Enriue and his family an author interview and this is a classic of contemporary America.