Helen Thorpe, an FCNL supporter from Denver, CO, has just published a wonderful new book, Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America. This compelling story is an excellent resource for local faith organizations, book clubs, and discussion groups, especially in areas where the community is struggling with cultural barriers or hate groups.
FCNL's Executive Secretary, Joe Volk, sees a lot to like in Thorpe's remarkable ability to portray the human side of the broken immigration system. By telling the story of four young women facing diverse barriers to integration and acceptance in the United States, Thorpe urges readers to reconsider the definition of who may be considered "American." Click here to read Joe Volk's blog post on Just Like Us.
Just Like Us has been chosen as one of the Five Best Books in the West of 2009 by New West and selected for the Washington Post's Holiday Guide: Best Books of 2009. The book is available in stores and on Amazon and Borders. Enjoy and please share the word!