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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Tra edition (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0812975804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812975802
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Magnífico . . . La Travesía de Enrique es una historia de amor, de familia, de hogares”.—The Washington Post Book World
 
“Un informe lacerante escrito desde las líneas de avanzada de la inmigración . . . angustioso y conmovedor”.People (cuatro estrellas)
 
“Extraordinaria . . . aunque solo sea como historia de aventuras, vale la pena leer La travesía de Enrique . . . Con su impresionante trabajo periodístico, Nazario logra que el problema de la inmigración deje de ser una cuestión política para volverse una historia personal”.Entertainment Weekly
 
“Cautivante y desgarradora . . . una historia que clamaba que alguien la contara”.The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Una verdadera hazaña periodística. [Sonia Nazario] es increíblemente minuciosa e intrépida”.Newsday

About the Author

Sonia Nazario tiene más de veinte años de experiencia como periodista especializada en cuestiones sociales, y su puesto más reciente fue como reportera de proyectos para Los Angeles Times. Sus reportajes y sus libros han ganado numerosos premios al abordar los temas más espinosos que aquejan al país, como el hambre, la drogadicción y la inmigración.
 
En 2003, su reportaje La travesía de Enrique, la historia de un niño hondureño que lucha por reencontrarse con su madre, ganó más de doce premios, entre ellos el Premio Pulitzer al mejor reportaje de divulgación, el premio George Polk al mejor reportaje internacional, el premio Robert F. Kennedy al periodismo (Grand Prize) y el premio a la excelencia Guillermo Martínez-Márquez otorgado por la Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Hispanos.
 
En 1998, Nazario fue finalista del premio Pulitzer por una serie de artículos sobre hijos de padres drogadictos. En 1994, ganó el premio George Polk al mejor reportaje local por una serie de artículos sobre el hambre en niños en edad escolar de California.
 
Criada en Kansas y en la Argentina, Nazario ha escrito extensamente desde Latinoamérica y sobre los latinos en los Estados Unidos. Hispanic Business Magazine la incluyó en su lista de latinos más influyentes, y Hispanic Magazine la nombró “Trendsetter”. En 2012, Columbia Journalism Review la incluyó en su lista de “40 mujeres que cambiaron el negocio de los medios en los últimos 40 años”.
 
Empezó su carrera en el Wall Street Journal, desempeñándose en cuatro oficinas: Nueva York, Atlanta, Miami y Los Ángeles. En 1993 se unió a Los Angeles Times. Es graduada del Williams College y tiene una maestría en estudios latinoamericanos de la Universidad de California, Berkeley.

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After reading this book I completely agree with the crowd.
Marianopolita2005
She focuses on immigrants from Central America whose journey to the U.S. is often a harrowing one.
Gill Doyle
I went to hear the author speak--she is a dedicated, brave and passionate woman!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gill Doyle on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recommend Ms. Nazario's book both as a balanced analysis of the problems associated with illegal immigration to the U.S. and as a very approachable read for students of the Spanish language. I can't comment on the quality of the translation since I haven't read the English-language original. However, the Spanish is straight-forward, and the narrative is almost entirely in the present tense. I felt that the book helped expand my Spanish vocabulary, and I would think that it would make a relevant and very useful text for teachers of intermediate Spanish in the U.S.

Ms. Nazario attempts to humanize the illegal immigrants that we hear about every day in the news. She focuses on immigrants from Central America whose journey to the U.S. is often a harrowing one. She describes that journey in great detail. More interesting still (to me) was her account of the family problems and conflicts that arise when a mother leaves her children in search of better pay abroad. While the mother believes that the money she sends home will improve the lives of the children she left behind, the children themselves often feel abandoned, unloved, and resentful. I had expected that Ms. Nazario would exploit the emotions aroused in the reader -- our sympathy for the hardships experienced by these immigrants -- and argue that their suffering entitles them to residence in the U.S. (despite their illegal entry.) To my surprise, she concludes that illegal immigration serves neither their interests in all cases nor those of U.S. workers (particularly the unskilled) and U.S. taxpayers. A realistic analysis. She recommends that the U.S. do what it can to help improve economic conditions in the countries from which these immigrants come.

I've put my money where my mouth is and sent copies of this book to my mother and sisters, who all live in areas of the U.S. affected by illegal immigration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Solis on May 24, 2006
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Hace poco adquiri este libro y tengo que ser honesta desde que lo empeze a leer no queria parar, me llama tanto la atencion de todo lo que pasan estas personas con tal de conseguir un sueno.

Ojala y este libro lo pudieran leer cada presidente de centroamerica para que se pusieran la mano en la conciencia,pero claro estan demasiado ocupadas en sus campanas politicas.

Se los recomiendo para toda la familia muchos de nosotros nos quejamos por las largas esperas en los aeropuertos o por los tramites de aduana eso no es nada comparado a lo que pasan estas personas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David on March 21, 2006
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Una historia triste, real, y movedora. EN LA TRAVESIA DE ENRIQUE Todos podemos encontrar un hilo a nuestra vidas, nuestra experiencias.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marianopolita2005 on September 9, 2006
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After reading this book I completely agree with the crowd. La travesia de Enrique is an interesting read especially if you are interested in knowing the details about what children and adults experience in their journey to the USA from Central America in hopes for a better life and future. The author is a journalist and experienced the journey first hand herself, a daring experience that she wanted to endure in order to make writing the book very accurate.

I personally had no knowledge of what these illegals experience in their journey and once they reach the USA more difficulty arises to find jobs due to their status and inability to speak English. I was also glad that Sonia Nazario focused on what happens to the children who are left behind by their parents and the vicious cycle that perpetuates among these families once they reach the USA and in their country of origin.

The book certainly enables me to think differently about the status and rights of illegals in the USA and border control issues.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy on January 9, 2007
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This true story is an eye opener to the reality of what imigrants face and risk to set foot in the US. Makes us (those who live legally and are born in US) appreciate the opportunities we have. The vivid accounts of the atrocities these poor people go through makes you wonder where the value of human life lies. I recommend you read it in english, as the translation to spanish was not that great.
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This is an important book that humanizes the immigration issues we are facing in the U.S. today. Families are being torn apart, risking everything trying to find a way out of desperate poverty. If we want to solve these problems, we need to invest in Latin America, create jobs and support production of goods in these countries. Nazario followed the the struggle of just one of thousands of children who comes to the US to find a parent. It's absolutely heartbreaking, but important to understanding the immigration situation. I went to hear the author speak--she is a dedicated, brave and passionate woman!
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This book highlights the importance parents have for their children and the lengths a child would go to be with their mother. I lived in Honduras for years and will testify that the protagonists life as described is not an exaggeration for any one that might doubt. So many parents leave their homes in hopes of improving their child's life by being able to send money back- when what might be best is to simply stay and be there. It's a difficult and less than obvious choice for a parent that believes lack of money is the biggest obstacle to success. Here is one child's tale.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ludy on August 18, 2006
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La Travesia de Enrique es unos de los mejores libros que he leido en mi vida. Sonia Nazario habla de una manera tan viva que es como estar mirando una pelicula. La historia en si llega al corazon de cualquier persona y al mismo tiempo nos abre los ojos ante la dificil situacion que afrentan muchisimas familias hoy en dia.
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Sonia Nazario (www.enriquesjourney.com) has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of this country's most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration.

She has won numerous national journalism and book awards and has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a "trendsetter" by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among "40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years."

In 2003, her story of a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled "Enrique's Journey," won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence.

Expanded into a book, Enrique's Journey became a national bestseller, won two book awards, and is required reading for all incoming freshmen at 21 universities and dozens of high schools nationwide. It has been selected as a "One City, One Book" read by five cities, and is being made into a movie by Lifetime.

In 1998, Nazario was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug addicted parents. And in 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California.

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, where she reported from four bureaus: New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. In 1993, she joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.
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