Coming to America

America has long been known as a melting pot.  Here are a few novels about people who came to this county and made it what it is today.

How to read the air / Dinaw Mengestu

How to read the air / Dinaw Mengestu

Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, Jonas, the son of Ethiopian immigrants, sets out to retrace his mother and father's trip and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents' youth to his life in the America of today.

My Antonia / Willa Cather

My Antonia / Willa Cather

New York lawyer Jim Burden reminiscences about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly memories of a young Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda, and ponders the assimilation of immigrants into American life.

Shanghai girls : a novel / Lisa See

Shanghai girls  / Lisa See

Forced to leave Shanghai when their father sells them to California suitors, sisters May and Pearl struggle to adapt to life in 1930s Los Angeles while still bound to old customs, as they face discrimination and confront a life-altering secret.

The Lazarus project / Aleksandar Hemon

The Lazarus project / Aleksandar Hemon

The murder of Jewish immigrant Lazarus Averbuch triggers ethnic and political tensions in early twentieth-century Chicago, an event that is investigated a century later by a young writer from Eastern Europe.

Brooklyn : a novel / Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn  / Colm Tóibín

Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.


Summaries from publisher materials