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Illegal : reflections of an undocumented immigrant / José Ángel N.

N., José Ángel, (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780252038310 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0252038312 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780252079863 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0252079868 (pbk.)
  • Description: xiv, 115 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, 2014.

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0 current holds with 7 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult New Books New 305.86872/N. (Text to phone) Checked out 10/02/2014
Danvers New Books F 548.9 M5 N3 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
North Shore - Lynn Campus Stacks F 548.9 .M5 N3 2014 (pbk.) (Text to phone) Available -
Northern Essex - Haverhill Campus New Books F548.9 .M5 N3 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Northern Essex - Lawrence Campus Stacks F548.9 .M5 N3 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Wakefield Adult NEW Nonfiction (Across from Circulation Desk) 305.868 N. (Text to phone) Available -
Winthrop Adult Nonfiction 305.868 Ill 2014 (Text to phone) Available -

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Contents Note: Amid the shadows -- Of things lost -- My adult education - The song of the cicadas -- At work -- The day I got counted.
Summary: A day after N. first crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, he was caught and then released onto the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, N. crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States forever. This book is his timely and compelling memoir of building a new life in America. Authorial anonymity is required to protect this life. Arriving in the 1990s with a 9th grade education, N. traveled to Chicago where he found access to ESL classes and GED classes. He eventually attended college and graduate school and became a professional translator. Despite having a well-paying job, N. was isolated by a lack of official legal documentation. Travel concerns made big promotions out of reach. Vacation time was spent hiding at home, pretending that he was on a long-planned trip. The simple act of purchasing his girlfriend a beer at a Cubs baseball game caused embarrassment and shame when N. couldn't produce a valid ID. A frustrating contradiction, N. lived in a luxury high-rise condo but couldn't fully live the American dream. He did, however, find solace in the one gift America gave him, his education. Ultimately, N.'s is the story of the triumph of education over adversity. Here he debunks the stereotype that undocumented immigrants are freeloaders without access to education or opportunity for advancement. With bravery and honesty, N. details the constraints, deceptions, and humiliations that characterize alien life "amid the shadows." -- Provided by publisher.

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