Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Immigrant Stories Finds at BEA

I spent one day at BEA this year and as I walked the floor and spoke to publishers I was on the hunt for book recommendations for the Immigrant Stories Challenge. The publishers were great and made some excellent recommendations from their backlist and from their upcoming releases. Here is a sampling:


The Arrogant Years: One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo to BrooklynThe Arrogant Years: One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth, from Cairo to Brooklynby Lucette Lagnado (Ecco, publishes Sept 7, 2011)
Ellis IslandEllis Island by Kate Kerrigan (publishes June 28, 2011)

Soho Press
Tiger's Heart: The Story of a Modern Chinese WomanTiger's Heart: The Story of a Modern Chinese Woman by Aisling Juanjuan Shen (available now)

MotherlandMotherland by Vineeta Vijayaraghavan (available now)

Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream
Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream by Kiyo Sato (available now)

Other Press
The Oriental WifeThe Oriental Wife by Evelyn Toynton (publishes July 19th)
On Canaan's Side: A NovelOn Canaan's Side: A Novel  by Sebastian Barry (publishes Sep 8, 2011)


The Tricking of FreyaThe Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley (available now)


The Jew StoreThe Jew Store by Stella Suberman (Available now)

WW Norton
No Great Mischief: A NovelNo Great Mischief: A Novel by Alistair MacLeod (available now)

Europa Editions

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar CuisineThe Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky (Available now)
Broken Glass ParkBroken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky (Available now)

Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza VittorioClash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio  by Amara Lakhous (Available now)

Do you have any Immigrant Story recommendations?


  1. I do love a good immigrant story. I came home with The Tricking of Freya and I'm hoping The Oriental Wife is in my box.

  2. Great finds! I already had those Europa titles on my TBR for this summer. Guess I'm going to make the next level in your challenge!

  3. Many of these look good. I read THE TRICKING OF FREYA last year and really, really liked it. I loved learning about Iceland and really just everything about it. I can recommend it.

  4. They all look like they'll be fascinating reads for the challenge! Enjoy!

  5. Those all look really good! Broken Glass Park has been on my radar for awhile now.

  6. The books from Soho press has me positively salivating! Great suggestions for the challenge, which I've joined!

  7. I thought the Tricking of Freya was a fabulous read...it made me want to visit Iceland! And Broken Glass Park is pretty haunting.

    Lisa See's Shanghai Girls would make a good choice, I think.

  8. If you can find it because I think it may be out of print by now, but "To See and See Again" by Tara Bahrampour is a fantastic read. Memoir of American/Iranian girl in the 70's escaping Iran to live in America and her transition into the American culture. Read it in 2 days. Excellent.


  9. I tried to comment a bunch of times when you first posted this but I've been having issues with blogger at work for some reason. Anyway, I love this list, thanks for posting it! I'm especially looking forward to Ellis Island which I fortunately have a copy of!

  10. I don't know now how, but I managed to miss all of those books at the bea. :( I love reading immigrant experience books!