Friday, August 12, 2011

From the Bookshelves: Green Card Stories

Green Card Stories is a coffee table style book that depicts 50 recent immigrants with permanent residence or citizenship in artful written profiles and photos. Each story in Green Card Stories includes a written narrative of about 1,000 words, accompanied by artistic photos by an award-winning photographer. Each story is as old as the foundation of this immigrant nation, but also reflects the global trends and conflicts of the 21st century: a couple from France who immigrated to the United States on an EB-5 green card to open a successful bakery; the aspiring dentist who fled war-torn Sudan with just three T-shirts and a pair of shoes; the Japanese hip-hop dancer whose life was changed by Michael Jackson; the Caribbean-born orthopedic surgeon facing deportation; and a former Mexican farm worker and school dropout turned school principal. Arriving from all corners of the globe, coming for work, love, to study, or escape persecution, they all share a steely resourcefulness and a fierce love for America.

Green Card Stories tells the true story of our nation: E pluribus unum, out of many, one. You can see a slideshow of some of the book's profilees.

he team behind Green Card Stories includes photographer Ariana Lindquist. Ariana was first place winner in the 2008 World Press Photo competition); writer Saundra Amrhein (long time immigration feature writer for the St. Petersburg Times); and immigration lawyers Laura Danielson; and Steve Yale-Loehr.

The publisher is Umbrage, a high quality photography book publisher. See


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