Personal Narratives

  • Lives on the Line: Dispatches from the U.S.-Mexico Border (By Miriam Davidson): A compelling book filled with striking personal stories about those who live in the border towns of Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
  • Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (By David Bacon): A fascinating and timely look at the connections between labor, migration, and globalization. 
  • Communities without Borders: Images and voices from the World of Migration (By David Bacon): A collection of powerful photographs accompanied by the stories of immigrants in Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S. 
  • Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an age of Global Apartheid (By Joseph Nevins): The tragic journey of Julio César Gallegos who left his home in Mexico to reunite with his wife and son in Los Angeles.
  • Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother (By Sonia Nazario): The story of a Honduran boy and his journey to reunite with his mother in the U.S.
  • Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (Edited by: Peter Orner): A collection of remarkable oral histories of people living in the U.S. without legal status.
  • The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization (By Rinku Sen): The story of an immigrant from Morocco woven into an impassioned argument for a complete change in immigration policy. 
  • No one is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.- Mexico Border (By Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis): The immigration controversy from the perspective of those immigrants who risk their lives to cross the U.S. border in order to work. 

Non-Fiction/Fact based

  • They take our Jobs!” And 20 Other Myths about Immigration (By Aviva Chomsky): 21 common myths about immigration and immigrants are dispelled
  • Unwelcome Strangers: American Identity and the Turn Against Immigration (By David M. Reimers): Addresses many of the controversies surrounding the current immigration policies and possible reforms
  • This Land is Our Land: Immigrants and Power in Miami (By Alex Stepick, Guillermo Grenier, Max Castro, and Marvin Dunn): The struggles for immigrants of different nationalities to become a part of their new communities

Historical Information

  • Coming to America (By Roger Daniels): A comprehensive study of immigration to the U.S. from the colonial era to the present. 
  • Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925 (By John Higham): An analysis of how anti-foreign spirit in the U.S. has evolved over the years due to the influence of history, politics, economics, and social organization. 
  • White on Arrival: Indians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890-1945 (By Thomas A. Guglielmo): An unconventional and nuanced analysis of the flow of migrants during the first half of the 20th century in the U.S.