Friday, July 3, 2020

From the Bookshelves: Finding Motherland by Helen Thorpe

Journalist Helen Thorpe is releasing a collection of essays in print, audio, and e-book form in July. The book description reads:

In Finding Motherland, I depict life on the dairy farm in Ireland where my mother was raised, describe how immigrating to the United States reshaped my parents, and share my experience of motherhood. I also celebrate an undocumented mother at our shared public school who faces enormous economic and legal challenges, and describe the labor of men who produce the locally grown food that we eat. Finally, I look back at the Irish who arrived here in the 1840s and 1850s, in the wake of the potato famine, penniless and starving, in much the same condition as many of the families who are immigrating today. 

Thorpe is the author of Just Like Us and The Newcomers, books that I routinely assign in my immigration law classes and gift to my graduating research assistants! I look forward to reading her latest collection of essays on food and migration.


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