The Immigrant Experience

From the four corners of the world come these stories about the immigrant experience. Whether following family or chasing after dreams, these characters are living with one foot in each world: their new home and the home left behind. Exploring themes of nostalgia, homesickness, and cultural identity, these books give us a glimpse of the lives of immigrants and their families through the generations. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Ali, Monica. Brick Lane. 2003.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. 1992.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Arkin, Frieda. Hedwig and Berti. 2005.

Backhaus, Bhira. Under the Lemon Trees. 2009.

Bezmozgis, David. The Free World. 2011.

Bloom, Amy. Away. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Brennert, Alan. Honolulu. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook

Canin, Ethan. Carry Me Across the Water. 2001.

Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory. 1994.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook

Dau, Stephen. The Book of Jonas. 2012.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Delbanco, Nicholas. What Remains. 2000.

Gaffney, Elizabeth. Metropolis. 2005.

Garcia, Cristina. Monkey Hunting. 2003.

Gardner, Mary. Boat People. 1995.

George, Alex. The Good American. 2012.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Huo, T.C. Land of Smiles. 2000.

Jen, Gish. Typical American. 1991.

Kalman, Nadia. The Cosmopolitans. 2010.

Kelman, James. You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free. 2004.

Kelman, Stephen. Pigeon English. 2011.

Kwok, Jean. Girl in Translation. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. 2003.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Lee, Krys. Drifting House. 2012.

Medina, Pablo. The Cigar Roller. 2005.

Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. 2007.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Mengestu, Dinaw. How to Read the Air. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Nattel, Lilian. The Singing Fire. 2004.

O’Connor, Joseph. Star of the Sea. 2002.

Prcic, Ismet. (--shards--). 2011.

Prose, Francine. My New American Life. 2011.

Proulx, Annie. Accordion Crimes. 1996.

Puzo, Mario. The Fortunate Pilgrim. 1997.
     Also available: Large Type

Sethi, Robbie Clipper. The Bride Wore Red: Tales of a Cross-Cultural Family. 1996.

Shearer, Cynthia. The Celestial Jukebox. 2005.

Shteyngart, Gary. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. 2002.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Stefaniak, Mary Helen. The Turk and My Mother. 2004.

Tóibín, Colm. Brooklyn: A Novel. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Widmer, Eleanor. Up From Orchard Street. 2005.
     Also available: CD

Zabytko, Irene. When Luba Leaves Home: Stories. 2003.