Reviews and Blog Posts: immigrants

Threads and flames

by Esther M Friesner

In 1910, 14 year old Raisa leaves her tiny Polish shtetl to join her older sister, Henda, in New York City, but when she arrives Henda is nowhere to be found. With luck, perseverance, and the help of friends she meets along the way, Raisa eventually manages to support herself and her...

For today I am a boy

by Kim Fu

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A beautifully written exploration of identity and fitting in. Peter Huang was born in a small town in Canada to first generation immigrants from China. His father, delighted to have a boy after 2 girls, names him Juan Chaun, "powerful king." Peter grows up with his three sisters, knowing inside...

Amerika : the missing person : a new translation, based on the restored text

by Franz Kafka

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Amerika by Franz Kafka was published in 1927, after the author's death. It was his first novel, and it was left unfinished.

The Class

    Teaching is a tough profession for new graduates and seasoned veterans. Francois is a French teacher to students in the suburbs of Paris. Almost all his students have origins in France's former colonies in Africa and the Caribbean.  He finds that culture clashes influence the way he must...

Snow hunters : a novel

by Paul Yoon

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Don't mistake this short book for a quick read--the language is spare and poetic, meant to be savored. Yohan was a POW during the Korean war, and has moved to Brazil to be a Japanese tailor's apprentice rather than returning to his home town. Here, he learns to mend clothes,...

René has two last names

by René Colato Laínez

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 

Bridges, Bunnies, and Peeps!

Hand sewn bunny

Knitting or cooking, planning your garden or coming together to share stories--join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Saturday, March 16:

Celebrate spring by making a Hand Sewn Felt Bunny! There's still space in this class at Schlessman at 10 a.m., register today: 720-865-0000 or


by Ismet Prcic

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Ismet Prcic is a Bosnian refugee who has escaped the ethnic persecution of his war-torn country and his dysfunctional family. He’s a theater actor, a dramatist with a personality adept at taking on roles. With the rhythm and insight of a Dostoevsky with acute anxiety disorder, he recounts his tale...

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