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A Map Is Only One Story

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Nonfiction: Social Science
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/07/2020

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A Map Is Only One Story

Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

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Audio CD ISBN:9781696600323
Digital Download ISBN:9781696600316

Summary

Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.

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From rediscovering an ancestral village in China to experiencing the realities of American life as a Nigerian, the search for belonging crosses borders and generations. Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.

Victoria Blanco relates how those with family in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez experience life on the border. Nina Li Coomes recalls the heroines of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and what they taught her about her bicultural identity. Nur Nasreen Ibrahim details her grandfather's crossing of the India-Pakistan border sixty years after Partition. Krystal A. Sital writes of how undocumented status in the United States can impact love and relationships. Porochista Khakpour describes the challenges in writing (and rewriting) Iranian America. Through the power of personal narratives, as told by both emerging and established writers, A Map Is Only One Story offers a new definition of home in the twenty-first century.

Reviews/Praise

"Each narrative draws readers close, offering sight lines into private lives and conflicts. The talented writers gathered here offer wide-ranging perspectives essential for our current environment." –Booklist

"A standout collection that adds new dimension and depth to the lived experiences of immigrants long after they settle in a new community." –Library Journal Starred Review

"Fierce and diverse, these essays tell personal stories that humanize immigration in unique, necessary ways. A provocatively intelligent collection." –Kirkus Reviews

"This collection is a vital corrective to discussions of global migration that fail to acknowledge the humanity of migrants themselves." –Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Nicole Chung is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the author of All You Can Ever Know. Mensah Demary is a founding editor of Catapult magazine and editor at large of Catapult books.